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800th post snapshot! August 30, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, Book Reviews, Misc, Movie Reviews, On Writing, Reviews, Travel.
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A charm celebrating the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge (2009) -- which just happens to be the year I studied there and started this blog! (I got one of these when I graduated)

Congratulations to me!

This is the 800th post on this blog.  I thought long and hard about what to write about for this monumental occasion, but I had my usual brain freeze…so instead I decided to write about the fact that I am writing a post about my 800th post.

Today is the 30th of August, 2011.  I started this blog on the 11th of January, 2009.  By my calculations that’s 962 days.  That’s a lot of writing!

On average, that’s 1 post every 1.2025 days, 5.821 posts per week and almost 25 posts a month.  As at the time of writing I have 833,486 blog hits, which translates into an average of 1041.8575 hits per blog post and 866.409 hits per day.

When I started this blog I was happy to get around 10-20 hits a day, and certainly for the first month or two that was the norm.  Now the blog hovers around 1,000 hits a day, with occasion dips and spikes (like the current one courtesy of StumbleUpon, which is giving me around 2,500 a day).

I currently have 2,601 comments, which equals roughly 2.7 comments per day.  I’ve also been bombarded by 26,754 spam comments (I believe more as some slipped through the keeper), or a whopping 27.81 per day!  I find Akismet has been doing a much better job as of late, meaning less penile enlargement advertisements.

My top post remains My European Adventure Round-Up, which has amassed 66,273 hits, though it is almost certain to be overtaken shortly (in the next couple of days) by The 20 Most Rewatchable Movies of All-Time.

My top movie review?  Shock horror, it’s Ninja Assassin (with 12,825 hits), probably because no one else has seen it — or maybe it’s that topless shot of a ripped Rain that has web surfers flocking to it.  My top book review and writing-related post is the same one — Stephen King’s brilliant On Writing (with 12,766 hits).

Moving forward, I’m not sure if I can keep up with the same pace (pun intended).  I love to write, and that’s why I continue to write on this blog without compensation (apart from the occasional free movie, DVD or book).  Even though at some point I’ll likely be swallowed by the demands of work and other responsibilities I hope this blog can remain my sanctuary, a place I can come back to to express and rant and be creative.

Celebrating Half A Million Hits! November 9, 2010

Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, On Writing, Study.
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Source: mymym.cpm

I’m still not out of the woods of my studies just yet, but I’ve been dying to write a short post and this morning, an opportunity suddenly presented itself — my blog has finally reached 500,000 hits!  Woo hoo!

When I started blogging in January last year, I was lucky to get 5 hits a day, and it was extremely depressing to think just 5 people (or potentially, one person clicking five times) were reading my blog.  Like many other aspiring bloggers, I began looking for ways to increase my blog’s exposure and getting the hits up.  I joined Technorati.  I joined Stumbleupon.  I signed up at BlogCatalogue, MyBlogLog, Zimbio, Delicious, etc.  I did something (I can’t remember) with Alexa.  And of course, I signed up to all the blog search engines.  I never paid for any of those services (legit or not) that claimed could boost your site stats or rankings.

But really, the most important thing in blogging is not any of that — it’s writing good content that people will want to read.  Whether it’s a movie or book review, funny lists, travel, satirical writing, sports or tips on writing, I’ve found out that if you write what people want to read, they’ll come to your site (provided you tag it and categorise it properly).  It won’t happen overnight, of course (though occasionally there could be a massive spurt if you write something in the news), but over time you’ll find that there are certain posts that will keep generating traffic.  On the other hand, to this day I still have stinker posts that only have ONE hit.  You just never know sometimes, but if you keep blogging, learn how to improve your writing and most of all, love doing it, then eventually it will pay off.  These days I don’t measure how well my blog is doing in terms of hits, but rather, from the opportunities I get out of it.

It’s interesting.  At zero hits I was in another field, wondering whether I could ever get out of it.  At 250,000 hits, I made the decision to make a change into writing.  Now, at 500,000 hits, I’m finally doing what I love.  What will the next milestone bring?  Will I finally finish my novel?

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