While my garage heats up, I’ve just realized that my blog is a tad over 6 months old! Time to share my experience thus far; my likes, dislikes, surprises, disappointments, stats, etc.
WHAT I LIKE MOST
What you may or may not know is that I have a bunch of tools to my disposal to see what’s going on in my blog. IE; views per hour, views per post / page, etc (analytics very similar to YouTube’s). I also have near godly powers which allows me to do almost anything I want on it (similar to a forum owner / administrator). Fun that I didn’t have with my IWSTI journal. It always felt like I had no real control on my “destiny” on there and that my content was not truly staying my own. With my website, I feel like it’s something that I truly posses (even though it is hosted), something that can grow, something I can be proud of.
WHAT I DISLIKE
There’s not much, really. Maybe except some formats that I can’t change. IE; post order from newest to oldest, and this new “improved” editor which WordPress (the host) pushes on us which for me is a step back. I can still use the old editor but I have to scroll down and click on that option. They should give us the choice in the settings or something. Enough blabber about stuff no one else cares about!
I guess how easy it was to set-up the website overall with no prior experience and with only a bit of tinkering through the dashboard menu. Also, how easily it is to keep spam out of my blog. How it shows me the “true views” and hits (via search engines) on my website separately. I always knew that the view count on IWSTI were excessive somehow. Now, via the analytics, I can see which post, page, or picture every visitor browsed. That allows me to see how interested or disinterested people are of a specific content.
I am happy with my view count (which is currently very close to 5,000). However, almost half of it was because that other people linked a picture to my blog on Facebook, Reddit, or some other website. Almost all of those redirected here didn’t browse through much. In fact, most didn’t go past the homepage itself and didn’t click on anything. It’s like maybe they are overwhelmed with all the menus and amount of content. Although I know that today’s people are busy bees that need everything being summed up quickly. I guess that’s why Twitter is so popular…
Another true disappointment was how little interest was shown towards my report of the FIA World RX event. In fact, there is less than 10 views on all the videos contained within. Half of them views were by me, even! I really worked hard on that post and thought it would fare much better…
I am also a tad disappointed of the very low amount of comments / replies but I understand that it is not as user friendly as a forum to communicate with. In fact, I was wondering how you guys were feeling about this? Does my blog make you feel left out in some way? Do you appreciate it less here than on IWSTI for some reason? I know that I have really made clear that I want no interference from anyone in my projects but a general comment, lest it be generic, could be appreciated from time to time.
Lastly, I guess that fellow Quebecers have yet to post a comment. I did get one but that was from a close friend. In fact, I’m disappointed that he doesn’t follow my updates too!
MOST POPULAR POST / PAGE
Which one is it? Ha! I was actually surprised at this but it is by far my RALLYING / Phantom Group B Cars & Facts post! In fact, it seems to attract much attention and hits from search engines. Lots of clicks on the pictures. It’s flattering in a way to see that some people still care about Group B and are researching it. To celebrate this, I plan on making further research of my own by finding the specs of those cars in as much details as I can and adding them to the post. I also might be making a dedicated section of the blog specifically for Group B!
MOST POPULAR WABI~SABI POST / PAGE
I’m a bit sad that I needed to create that category… haha! Anyhow, it’s the MOD LIST page. Again, a sign that people want to see stuff quickly with no fuss. As such, I have recently revamped that page a bit. I have also made a totally revised QUICK SPECS page which I think puts the car in a better light than maybe it actually is… it’s more “professional” anyway!
MOST POPULAR PICTURE
Which got the most clicks? It’s actually a tie for this one! Here is both:
TOP 3 REFERRERS
The most clicked outside links to my blog:
- Google Search
I’m happy that IWSTI beats Facebook, at least!
TOP 5 VIEWS PER COUNTRY
It’s the World Wide Web, after all!
- USA (1,883)
- Canada (1,782)
- Finland (180)
- Brazil (104)
- Australia (99)
IMO, #4 doesn’t quite fit in… but I have a theory on this! Most of the Brazil views came from search engine hits during last summer’s FIFA World Cup, where they class the competing countries in “Groups” then with a letter (ie; A, B, C, etc). You know where I’m going with this, correct? Ha! Silly Brazilians…
Mostly, the top 20 are populated most by European countries. Which is no surprise to me since Europe has always been the bastion of rally enthusiasts. By rally, I mean REAL rally, not the effing energy drink commercialized crap we have getting pushed into our faces recently… but that’s the subject for another ramble or rant!
THE FINAL THOUGHT
Be it that you were redirected here by mistake (IMO most of my views are), or that you are a tried-and-true follower, I wish to thank everyone nonetheless. While I may write my blog mainly for my own enjoyment and archives purposes, there might be no greater honor for me than to know that you have spent some of your valuable time reading it…