Day 30 – Thursday 6/21/07
Day 54 – Sunday 7/14/07 (WordPress end of day is 5:00 pm PST)
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|Best Day Ever||304||304|
The following are usage stats for the last 30 days my blog
WordPress Dashboard Page View Stats
SiteMeter Usage / Page View Stats – Yellow = Visits / Red = Page Views
The one difference is WordPress stats start and end at 5:00 pm PST for my blog. Sitemeter appears to end at 12:00 am. Also the WordPress stats do not include my own visits, SiteMeter does not differentiate between visits from readers or myself.
Almost 70% of my traffic came from a couple high view days I had after my first 9 days
5/31/07 – 299
6/1/07 – 270
6/2/07 – 301
6/3/07 – 304
At that point I was trying to comment on 10+ posts a day, and I was able to get in early on some high profile topics.
- Positive Press for Zoho and Sun Microsystems
- Google Notebook, OneNote and Zoho Notebook – First Impressions
I was writing anywhere from 4 – 9 medium – large sized posts a day, and I was pretty tired. I wasn’t going to be able to keep this pace up for any extended period of time.
In all honesty after my couple of high traffic days, I figured I was starting to get some traction and that my traffic would continue to escalate. I started to write articles on topics I thought would be popular and the focus of my blog wavered. When readers continued to dwindle I was bummed. Jeremiah Owyang wrote a post From Creation to Achivement: the other 5 Stages of Blogging that included the following graphic. I was starting to head from Step 3 Frustration to Step 4 Alienation.
Then I decided I needed to refocus my postings getting back on the positive track and I proceeded to Step 3 Focus. I started forwarding Information that I found interesting, but didn’t fit my niche, to people who blogged about those topics. Just a short, you might find this interesting with the link and a little bit of background information. First I search their blogs to ensure they haven’t already blogged about the content already. I only send email ideas to blogs that I read and post comments. One exciting day for me, was receiving a response from Robert Scoble and he actually agreed the content I sent him was interesting.
Now I still make an effort to comment, but I am reading more feeds so it is a little more difficult. I am also trying to comment on more blogs to build relationships with more people. I am trying to figure out my own points system that I read about on ProBlogger: How to Keep Momentum Going on Your Blog with a ‘Points System’ From the post:
I work full-time on the side as well. The way I get things done is by using a point system.
Some days I don’t feel like writing, some days I don’t feel like commenting, some days I don’t feel like networking, or whatever… I have to reach at least 50 points per day.
- 10 points for a long blog post
- 5 for a short one
- 2 points for a comment on a blog I’ve commented on before
- 5 points for commenting on a site I’ve never commented on before
- 1 point per comment on my own blog
- 10 points for installing a new module/plug-in, etc.
At this point I am trying to focus on Web 2.0, Rich Internet Applications, Online Collaborative Applications, Careers in Technology and some family content. I realize the topics are still pretty broad, but by at least having this amount of focus, I don’t feel so scattered, and don’t feel the need to blog about everything. I will post on general technology topics but I try to keep those related to my focus topics.
By trying to keep my comments good and on topic, and yes that includes reading the whole post before commenting, I am getting feedback on my on blog. I try to write quality posts – some of my more popular posts seem to be walkthroughs of technologies, or comparing how programs work.
In almost 55 days:
- I have received 3 requests to review programs
- I received a book proposal review request – the promise of an interesting book
- I have been invited to a conference
- I have a Technorati Authority of 64
- I have had over 6,400 page views
I would say that for a new blog I am doing well. Of course I always want to do better. I need to get my points system worked out, so I will have a better metric for the effort I am putting into my blog.