It has been a year since I re-started posting articles here; as most of you know I had quit just six months earlier.
The graph above shows the activity one week before I quit at the end of August, 2008. Readership always drops off Saturday and Sunday, but Monday through Friday I had between 1,200 and 1,500 visitors per day. (Shown in Blue.)
The Green bar shows the number of page views, and the short Orange bar is the returning visitors. It is the regular visitors that come back over and again that are most important to me. As you can see this was holding steady at over 300 a day, Monday through Friday.
This next chart (Above.) from a year ago, shows what happened after six months with no new updates. Daily visitors dropped to a steady number just over 500 per weekday, and return visits had dropped to less than 50 a day.
It seems had I never posted again, hits probably would have held at around 500 a day from Google searches alone. I have over 300 articles here, so ask almost any bicycle related question on Google or one of the other search engines, and my blog is likely to appear.
Finally a look at the stats for last week. (Above.) As you can see even after a year of posting on a regular basis, readership is down to about half the number I had before I quit.
It is obvious many of the previous regulars either do not know I am back, or they have decided not to return. I know since coming back a year ago I have picked up a lot of new readers, so where did all the old guard go?
One reason is more competition. When I started this blog in 2005 there were probably around 5 million blogs; now the number is at least 150 Million (133 million in 2008.)
The other reason is bloggers today are swimming in an ocean of mediocrity. On an overwhelming number of blogs, the content is not that good or they are infrequently updated; people tend to give up reading them altogether.
I feel fortunate to have the following I do have given the competition. My readership grows steadily, and as long as the trend doesn’t reverse I will keep plugging on.
In retrospect it was a huge mistake to quit blogging, however, it would have been an even bigger mistake if I had not resumed when I did.
At the time I quit I felt under immense pressure to come up with new ideas all the time. When I returned I told myself if I had nothing, I would post nothing and not worry about it. The strange thing is I have managed to post at least two new articles every week for the last year.
It is necessary I keep up with the latest trends; videos and YouTube seems to be the next direction I should explore. This will mean purchasing extra equipment and learning new skills. I feel I have set myself a high standard, if there are to be videos they will have to be of an acceptable level.
I thank all my regular followers, your comments are always welcome and add a great deal to the original article. Looking forward to the coming year, and wondering where the stats will be this time next year