Don’t Look Back – Zeitgeist 2009
She’s got everything she needs,
She’s an artist, she don’t look back.
- SHE BELONGS TO ME
Baaaah. I said I wouldn’t write this post, and a few people advised me not to. “Don’t Look Back!” they cried. But, dear readers, some of you begged for it. More importantly, I’m doing it for me (thanks Finnur) as a record. So if you don’t like these Blog Year In Review posts, stop reading now. Bye bye, and Happy New Year.
I finally started this blog in March 2009. The main reasons were a) I was up most of the night anyway due to baby’s sleeping habits and b) I was forced to take some holiday in March. I was never expecting anyone to read it, so a huge huge thank you to those that did, and helped me get some traffic love juice. I also got lucky with my timing as the infamous CMS Vendor Meme started just when I did. In 10 months, I’ve done:
- Real Life beers with about 30 or 40 people I’d never have met if I didn’t start this blog. You know who you are.
- According to Alexa, a mere 700,000 sites are more popular than mine. I’ve got a Page Rank of 5, although these don’t mean anything any more.
- 65 blog posts (34 in the long gone super-keen first 3 months). So averaging 1.5 posts per week. Each post has lyrics from a different Bob Dylan song. I’m aiming for 100 before a theme change.
- 571 comments (just over 8 per post). Probably 100 of these are from me!
- 5,224 spam comments that Akismet has saved me from
- 21,700 visits, or 45,500 page views, according to Google Analytics
My biggest day ever was about 400 visits. A shitty weekend is about 30. The traffic numbers have actually stayed reasonably constant since I started, although the frequency of new posts has dropped enormously.
These are the 5 posts I liked most that never even made the Top 20. Please read them and tell all your friends. The poor guys never stood a chance.
|BLOG POST||SUMMARY||BOB DYLAN SONG INTRO|
|Six Seminal Concerts, or What I’ve Learned About Blogging||Social Media lessons from rock concerts||LIKE A ROLLING STONE|
|When CMS Genes Won’t Splice||Options for Open Text CMS Roadmap||HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED|
|Don’t Make Monoliths||A little story about Asterix and the Monoliths||NORTH COUNTRY BLUES|
|Which Comes First: the Crew or the CMS?||Thoughts on corruption in vendor selection exercises||THE BALLAD OF FRANKIE LEE AND JUDAS PRIEST|
|The CMS Word on the Tweet||Thoughts on how the term CMS means different things to different people||PLAYBOYS AND PLAYGIRLS|
Here is the obligatory Top 10 by traffic. I’ve used number of unique visits as my metric.
|UNIQUE VISITS||BLOG POST||SUMMARY||BOB DYLAN SONG INTRO|
|2,049||Follow Forty Twitter CMS Gurus In Three Clicks||Bit of a gimmick, but nice and viral as it turned out.||WHEN THE SHIP COMES IN|
|1,454||OMG! Open Text buy Grandpa Vignette||First impressions on the unexpected Open Text acquisition of Vignette. The only blog post I wrote at work (sorry, boss!), so I was one of the first.||OH, SISTER|
|1,170||Celebrity CMS Deathmatch – The Aftermath||CMS Vendor Meme Commentary – after it all ended.||IDIOT WIND|
|899||What has the Ministry of Magic Quadrants got against me?||Rant about Gartner’s new WCM Magic Quadrant||BOB DYLAN’S 115TH DREAM|
|819||A Collaborative Google Wave Blog Post||The Motley Crew writes a post in one hour with Wave||TOMBSTONE BLUES|
|794||CMIS, JCR and OSGi for Idiots||A diagram outlining JCR, CMIS and OSGi||IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE|
|672||Will Vignette Give Open Text Food Poisoning?||More thoughts on the world-shaking OTEX-VIGN acquisition||MIXED UP CONFUSION|
|636||The Cloud – A Crock of Shit||My thoughts on the non-existent cloud, the hype, and the standards||KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR|
|628||Celebrity CMS Deathmatch – The Beginning||CMS Vendor Meme Commentary – Part I||ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER|
|592||Brain Teasers For The Pub||Ten brain teasers to think about over a beer||SILENT WEEKEND|
Best Traffic Sources
Here is just a summary of where the traffic came from. Again, a massive thanks to those that lowered the tone of their sites by linking to me.
- 25% of my traffic was from search engines. Google is the only one that matters sending about 95% of these.
- 30% of the traffic was “direct”. I never bothered to set up tracking from Tweets but I’d bet the majority of these came from Twitter clients like Seesmic or Tweetdeck. Which means I get much more traffic from Twitter than Google. The other 45% of the traffic is from referring sites.
- Twitter was my top referrer by miles, with 25% of my direct visits.
- Second, third and fourth were all very close – cmswire.com, cmswatch.com and jboye.com. Eighth went to cmsreport.com
- FaceBook, LinkedIn and Delicious made the Top 20.
- The blogs in the Top 20 referrers were julianwraith.com (6), asserttrue.blogspot.com (7), reddotcmsblog.com (9), 2020visions.wordpress.com (13), sala.us (14), ecmarchitect.com (15), tristanrenaud.jahia.com (17), irinaguseva.wordpress.com (19) and persuasivecontent.com (20)
Well, that’s that. If for some reason you’re interested in a stat I didn’t share, ask in the comments. Be excellent to each other, and I’ll see you on the other side of the noughties for that beer. It’s been real.