The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

January 4, 2012

Statistical Overview of 2011

Filed under: Site Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 11:51 pm

 Well, we’ve made to 2012, and one of the first things I do at the beginning of each new year (well, besides and sit around and complain about the fact that we don’t all have flying cars yet, I’m really starting to suspect that this whole Future thing is getting to be just a bit overrated) is to put together a brief summary of some of the Blog’s vital statistics.  Mostly I just do this for future reference, but I figure there might be a few people out there who are interested in this as well, so I might as well make it public.  The short version is that for the second year in a row, overall traffic was down, but over the past couple of months I’ve been seeing it recover a bit, mostly thanks to search engine traffic for a few particular posts.  As has been the case for most previous years, the vast majority of the traffic comes from a few specific posts, and most of that traffic comes from search engines and a few particular links that seem to generate a fair bit of traffic on their own, mostly posts that cover subjects that aren’t covered particularly well elsewhere on the Internet.  Interestingly, even though the Totem Lake Mall post I wrote back in 2007 continues to be by far the most popular overall post on this site, a different post (the Whitman’s Sampler post) was the most read post on this site in 2011, accounting for over 12% of the site’s traffic by itself.

Although I have long since cast off any notions of being able to make a living off my Blog (or even much money in the first place, for that matter,) I still think it will be an interesting challenge to try to reverse the decline in site traffic.  I suppose I could do a lot of this by just posting more often (I’ve been trying to maintain the standard of at least one post per week and generally trying to keep that post in the 1,000 word range, although I think I’ve been getting a little bit lazy on that one lately,) but there’s also something to be said for writing more of the types of posts that generate a fair bit of search traffic. 

Anyway, as usual, I would like to thank those of you who have been reading this Blog, and hope you’ll keep reading.

  • Total Posts(all time, including this one):  534
  • Total Posts (2011): 62
  • Total Comments (all time):  850
  • Total  Page Views (all time):  212,096
  • Total Page Views in 2011: 42, 742
  • Total Page Views in 2010:  52,228
  • Total Page Views in 2009:  60, 939
  • Total Page Views in 2008: 50, 219
  • Average Visitors Per Day (2011):  121

Top posts (2011):

Sampling the Whitman’s Sampler: A Guide to America’s Favorite Box of Enigmatic Chocolates   5,136
Retail Wasteland – A Tour of the Totem Lake Mall   3,593
Classical Gas – Abandoned Route 66 Gas Stations   1,469
The Redmond Costco Moves Forward (Updated 9/9/09)   1,449
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of the Factoria Mall   1,321
A Brief Tour of the Bellevue Galleria, Bungie’s Future Home   1,256
My Very Nearly Award-Winning Chili Recipe, and Other Deep Dark Secrets   1,153
A Tour of Crossroads Bellevue – Part 1: The Mall   1,005
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of The Everett Mall   753
Off the Beaten Path: The World’s First KFC in Murray Utah   727

Top Posts (All Time):

Retail Wasteland – A Tour of the Totem Lake Mall   24,946
Sampling the Whitman’s Sampler: A Guide to America’s Favorite Box of Enigmatic Chocolates   10,716
Classical Gas – Abandoned Route 66 Gas Stations   9,764
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of the Factoria Mall   9,407
A Tour of Crossroads Bellevue – Part 1: The Mall   6,441
The Redmond Costco Moves Forward (Updated 9/9/09)   6,189
My Very Nearly Award-Winning Chili Recipe, and Other Deep Dark Secrets   5,258
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of The Everett Mall   4,383
A Brief Tour of the Bellevue Galleria, Bungie’s Future Home   3,447
The Beginning and the End of the Old Bellevue Safeway   2,977
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