I had contemplated entering into the ENnie awards this year under the Best Blog category but in the end I decided against it as I didn't feel that I had a solid enough piece to enter. My goal in entering into any competition isn't just to enter, but to win. So the remainder of this year will focus on improving the overall content of this blog to ensure that when I enter next year's contest I will be able to place myself into any conversation the judges might have about the Best Blog category
Twitter is another matter. For the most part many of the people that I talk to on a regular basis are really smart and funny; but it's harder to make a connection with people. I'm not sure what the answer is here.
I am also contemplating opening up a Facebook account for the blog since so many people use the thing. I would gladly welcome any comments on this subject as I'm not really sure whether I want to or not.
38,049 : Total Page Views Jan 1 through April 30, 2015
928 : Total Comments Jan 1 through April 30, 2015
2,254 : Total Plus 1s Jan 1 through April 30, 2015
152 : Total Posts Jan 1 through April 30, 2015
9,512 : Average Page Views per month
250 : Average Page Views per Post
17 : Average Page Views per Plus 1
For each of these numbers I did not take into account posts from previous months even though they continue to accrue hits, plus 1s, and comments. This is strictly a snapshot to determine the relative health of the blog on a month to month basis for this year.
Since the beginning of the year the blog has steadily progressed on all of its markers (excluding March when I had computer issues). Page Views have risen at a steady rate with January having the biggest month to month percentage increase of 5.5%. February had a 0.2% increase; while March, unsurprisingly, showed the only decrease for the year at -0.4% which can be attributed to the substantial drop in content being produced on the blog. This was rectified in April with an increase of 0.6%.
By comparison to last year I am at a loss so far on my overall Page Views of -0.1% which is not surprising considering that I have written nearly a hundred less posts over the same period of time. My plan is that by reducing my overall output per month that it will allow me to avoid the troubles that I experienced later in the year. Now the overall goal for the blog is to see an increase in readers approaching 3% versus last year. This is still doable goal for the year as major projects such as the 2015 Great Blog Roll Call have not yet made their debut and I expect this year's version to do markedly better than last years.
If you have any questions about the numbers please let me know and I'll do my best to answer you.