Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

2013 in Review!

January 4, 2014

Allow me this opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you who have followed my blog.  Here is an Annual Report of my blog’s activity for 2013 (prepared by The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys).  Enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Two Thousand, And Going Strong!

July 16, 2013

Today marks my two-thousandth post to this blog!  Wow, what an adventure this has become.  From my humble beginnings with SLA’s “23 Things” (which I started a little over 5 years ago), I’ve managed to stay the course and still find myself enjoying this activity.

And now for some shameless statistics . . .

To date, of my 2,000 posts I have had

  • 211,442 views
    • 2,826 views in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 42,412 views in 2009
    • 53,973 views in 2010
    • 37,149 views in 2011
    • 59,303 views in 2012
    • 15,867 views (so far in 2013)
  • 555 comments
  • 104 average views per day
    • 15 views per day in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 116 views per day in 2009
    • 148 views per day in 2010
    • 102 views per day in 2011
    • 162 views per day in 2012
    • 81 views per day (so far in 2013)
  • Month with the most views: June 2012 (9,236)
  • Day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091)
  • Month with the highest average views per day: June 2012 (308)
  • Categories utilized: 29
  • Number of tags utilized: 5,746
  • Number of “followers”
    • 55 blogs
    • 237 twitter
    • 614 facebook

It ebbs and it flows, but it continues to be a lot of fun.  The “Gun Carryin’ Librarian” will blog on . . . for now.

The State of the Blogosphere!

May 20, 2010

Here are some interesting statistics re: blogging (Source: State of the Blogosphere.)  I’ve highlighted the ones that apply to me and/or my blog in red.

• More than 133,000,000 blogs have been indexed by Technorati since 2002
77% of Internet users read blogs according to Universal McCann
Two-thirds of Bloggers are male
• More than half are married and more than half are parents
• 60% are 18-44
75% have college degrees and 40% have graduate degrees
• One in four has an annual household income of $100K+
Around half of Bloggers are working on at least their second blog
• 68% have been blogging for two years or more
86% have been blogging for at least a year
70% of all respondents say that personal satisfaction is a way they measure the success of their blog
• 72% say they blog in order to share their expertise.
• 61% say they blog in order to supplement their income.
• 53% of professional Bloggers are interested in attracting new clients from blogging.
• 72% of those who are self-employed and blogging are interested in attracting new clients.
• 57% say that their future plans include blogging even more (including 74% of 18-24 year olds).
• Part-Timers, Pros, and Self-Employed Bloggers are blogging as much as or more than ever (73%, 76% and 80%, respectively), while Hobbyists are blogging somewhat less.
• 15% of Bloggers spend 10 or more hours each week blogging.
One in five Bloggers report updating on a daily basis. The most common rate of updating is 2-3 times per week.
The majority of blogs use tags (85%).
82% of respondents say that they post photos to their blog, making images the most popular form of multimedia.
• Bloggers participate in an average of 5 activities to drive traffic to their blogs.
72% of respondents are classified as Hobbyists, meaning that they report no income related to blogging
• Of those who have monetized their blogging to at least some extent:
• 54% are Part-Timers
• 32% are Self-Employed Bloggers
• 14% are Corporate Bloggers
• 51% of Corporate Bloggers – 58 respondents – report receiving a salary for blogging.
• 56% say that their blog has helped their company establish a positioning as a thought leader within the industry.
• 58% say that they are better-known in their industry because of their blog”

Blogging Reflections

June 25, 2008

Before I chose WordPress as the blog service that I was going to utilize, I examined numerous blogs (all of the blogs already linked to the “23 Things” page, Stephen’s Lighthouse, and several of the blogs linked to my institution’s external and internal blogs). The variety was amazing and provided me with plenty of examples as I entered my blog design phase.

Having worked with Blogger (our internal blog) as well as WordPress (our external blog) already, I opted for WordPress primarily because of the increased functionality (in my humble opinion) and more customizable.

The good news: the whole process is fairly easy and straightforward. The bad news: the addictive (and time-consuming) nature of designing and editing the front page to look just right. Some more good news: I can always go back and change what I don’t like . . . a definite work in progress.

For now, my goal is to keep it simple and to keep moving forward.