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 Baños 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.
|November was a bad month for me - worse than 2012 and 2013, but every other|
month saw my blog achieve record page views.