Sunday, 1 February 2015

Blog stats 2014

Two blog stats to be pleased about were achieved in 2014 - first, I passed 30,000 page views overall and, second, I achieved a record 14,800 page views during the year.
I also achieved my highest ever monthly total of 2,800 views during June when I posted a piece about the TT. I thought it was quite a well-argued piece about rider deaths. A reference was posted on the official TT blog and it took off from there. I did get quite a lot of abuse, but only from people who were clearly stupid, trolls or who hadn’t read it.
In any event TT enthusiasts are hardly radical islamists - they won’t storm your house and shoot you, just post insulting comments on your blog, which you can delete or leave as a badge of honour.
I also wrote a piece about Michael Dunlop perhaps being the best TT rider of all time and this did quite well too.
My most popular piece to date is a blog I did back in 2012 about Ian Hutchinson, the Yorkshire racer who won five TT races in one week at the 2010 TT, but then suffered a serious leg injury in a race at Silverstone towards the end of the British Supersport Championship. Two years later, he was still receiving treatment and was clearly at something of a low point. I copied a number of his tweets and told the story of his suffering through those tweets and responses from friends and fellow riders. To date, it’s had 3,000 page views.
Non-biking blog subjects are more slow burn. This year, I very much enjoyed writing about our travels in Ecuador and one of those blogs - about the Devil’s Cauldron - regularly gets lots of views from the US. I think people planning trips to Ecuador search BaƱos and come across my piece.
I was on target to beat the 2013 monthly totals each month until something happened in November and I got a sudden dip. However, December bounced back with a massive total.



2011
2012
2013
2014
January

118
854
1038
February

342
538
1133
March

251
752
1191
April

208
844
975
May

348
855
1136
June

309
1,829
2756
July

324
691
1330
August

234
565
1135
September

384
814
1016
October

518
875
1107
November
117
1,671
1,066
688
December
69
551
662
1295
Annual total
186
5,258
10,345
14,800
November was a bad month for me - worse than 2012 and 2013, but every other
month saw my blog achieve record page views.