April 25th was the first anniversary of this blog, but I was too busy to post. This morning I got a moment to look at the statistics. I've written 109 posts, the majority of which are mini-articles. The subjects were all over the telecom space, reflecting my personal interests, but true to my original idea and reflecting my passion for telecommunications. If you're reading this, hopefully, there's some overlap in our interests.
Headlines that convey meaning
One thing I've figured out, from the 120-150 feeds that I typically follow, is the value of headlines that tell what the content is about. I follow RSS and email feeds using Bloglines, typically in headlines-only mode. If the headline doesn't describe what's in the post, I'm unlikely to open the post. A few months ago I noticed what I was doing and resolved to make the headlines in my own blog more informative. I hope that's working for you.
More than 2/3rds of visits to this blog come, not from subscribers, but from search engines and other referrals. Here's the breakdown of those referrals over the past 30 days. I was in India in February and since I've written several posts about the incredible growth of subscribers in Pakistan, so the high rank of Google India and Google Pakistan is no surprise. Here are the numbers:
Until two months ago, I didn't pay much attention to blog statistics beyond the basic information provided by TypePad. Two months ago I signed up for SiteMeter. Their customer service is non-existent, even for paid subscribers. However, their standard statistics package has all sorts of interesting items in it, and I expect to continue to use them. Here's an interesting view on the browsers that people who read this blog are using:
If you click on the image you'll see that Microsoft Internet Explorer (all versions) at 66%, Firefox is at 28% and the various Firefox predecessors/ brethren (Mozilla & Netscape) have another 2.1%.