THANK YOU DEAR READERS!
For starters, let me send a warm THANK YOU to anyone who has visited this site, or Liked, Commented, Shared, +1’d or Retweeted any of my photos this year. I am really grateful for the support, and hope to continue to share my photographs for a long time to come! I have a lot more fun stuff planned for 2013, so please keep coming back and checking in when you have time. There’s a lot more that I have in store for ya!
BLOG STATS for 2012 - HIGH LEVEL SUMMARY
At the end of a year, I like to look back and see how things have gone for me with this blog, statistically speaking. Well actually, it’s more than just the blog, as I incorporate some stats from other places too. I find data points interesting. Honestly, they don’t really mean a whole lot, but it is fun to make comparisons and see how things are progressing.
In short, 2012 was a great year for my blog and my photography in general. I increased my readership here substantially while also having a heck of a good time. That’s a win, in my book. Though I take my photography seriously, my primary goal is to just enjoy creating and sharing my photos and to create content that others find useful, or beautiful, or both.
A couple of things that stood out for me in 2012:
- I published my first eBook, which you can get for free right here!
- I began contributing articles about HDR photography to the new HDR One site!
- I started a Newsletter!
- I hosted a photowalk in London - what a great experience!
So, onto the stats. Here’s a high level summary:
Blog views: up 130% over 2011
Blog visitors: up 106% over 2011
Blog visitors were 80% new - that’s a wonderful stat in my opinion
* 59% of total lifetime pageviews happened in 2012 - cool!
* 60% of traffic came from the US, followed (distantly) by the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, India, Germany, Brazil, Indonesia and France.
Flickr views: up >50% (not bad, considering I do zero engagement there)
500px views: up from 11,500 to nearly 80,000 (again, not bad for zero engagement)
Followers on Google+: up from 8400 to over 14,000
Facebook fans: up from ~200 to over 1400
Traffic referral sources:
- Google search ranks highest, but I think that is a given for everyone
- LightStalking was #2 for referral traffic, thanks to my friends at Toad Hollow!
- Facebook came in #3
- Google+ came in at #4
Well, that’s a high-level summary and in my opinion it was a great year by the numbers. More importantly, it was a great year photographically as I detailed in a previous post. I’m really focused on creating great photographs - even with my iPhone at times - and will continue to push myself to create in 2013.
If you promise to keep coming back, I promise to keep creating and sharing my photos. Sound like a good deal? Great. It’s a deal then. :-)
See you next year! Thanks, as always, for stopping by.