Halfblog: 2012 in review

WordPress fireworks WordPress.com has produced some cool-looking reports for users, summing up blog activity for 2012. It’s really just a pretty stats page, but it’s very well done with CSS animated fireworks, parallax effects and colourful graphics. You can see the complete report for halfblog.net here.

Here’s the summary it provided:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2012, there were 133 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 657 posts. There were 306 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 91 MB. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 24th with 754 views. The most popular post that day was Minimalistic iPhone 5 wallpapers.

As someone who pays attention to my stats I knew all this already, but it’s a great way to present dry data to regular (ie: not stat-obsessed) bloggers.

How readers found Halfblog.net

My most popular images were a series of minimal iPhone and Mac wallpapers I produced. These feature amongst my five most popular posts:

  1. MPlayerX: A superior alternative to VLC for Mac users
  2. Minimalistic iPhone 5 wallpapers
  3. Some minimalistic iPhone 4 wallpapers
  4. A minimal dark wallpaper for the 11″ MacBook Air
  5. Penguin cartoon

The page also lists Twitter as my biggest referrer, but in fact most of the traffic to this blog comes from Google searches.

2012 was the year I tried WordAds and then decided to pay to remove all ads instead. Towards the end of the year (ironically after I had started paying for upgraded features) my blogging slowed right down. I’ve been more active on Tumblr, particularly on decodering.com, my HTML/CSS link blog.

I’d like to blog more here in 2013, with a little more focus on original content than simply sharing cool things. We’ll see.


1 thought on “Halfblog: 2012 in review

  1. Allan beaton came second and third! I do like these end of year reports.

    After all the hard work and effort we put into blogging and its always something simple that was your most popular post – mine was about marshmallow biscuits!


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