Our team at GreenMellen did a great job with a recap of fun stats from our business in 2020, so I thought I’d do the same with a few from this blog.
I wrote a total 80 posts last year, with much of that coming after I started writing daily on October 29. All told, I’ve published 924 posts on here, going back to early 2004.
In addition, I published 23 more videos on my YouTube channel with engagement going way up — a total of 185,087 views this with 6,343 hours watched.
For the year, users viewed 21,668 pages on the site. It’s not a huge number (less than 100 views per day) but as I’ve mentioned on here, big traffic isn’t my goal. I appreciate you being here, would appreciate you sharing any content with your friends that might be helpful, but for now gaining huge numbers isn’t the main goal.
That said, consistent writing tends to lead to increased traffic (and indeed traffic in 2020 was nearly double what the site saw in 2019), so there’s always that.
When viewing popular posts over the course of a year, the top ones are frequently from previous years, as they’ve had a chance to gain some steam. Of my top five most-viewed posts, three are indeed from earlier but the top two are from 2020:
1 – Getting started with Roam Research
May 4, 2020 — 3,504 views
This is my far my most popular post, and I still refer back to it frequently. I’m a big fan of Roam Research, and that post seems to helpful for folks just getting started with it.
2 – Highlights from “How to Take Smart Notes” by Sonke Ahrens
January 25, 2020 — 2,678 views
This was a great book, and many folks have dug into the various highlights that I pulled from it.
3 – Anki vs Brainscape
July 23, 2017 — 1,209 views
Back in 2017, I was considering switching away from the Anki memorization tool, but ultimately stuck with it. A big competitor of theirs is Brainscape, so this post still does pretty well in Google searches.
4 – The hearing impaired scam
November 27, 2017 — 989 views
This was another from 2017, where I simply shared a scam that I came across in the hopes of helping others to avoid it. It also does well in Google searches, and hopefully has saved other people from some major headaches.
5 – A timeline of Louis Zamperini’s journey
January 8, 2011 — 846 views
This one goes back nearly a decade and still is one of my most popular posts. In reading Laura Hillenbrand’s excellent “Unbroken” book, I worked through and created a timeline of the places that Louis traveled throughout his life. The 846 views this year pale in comparison to the 8,322 views the post saw back in 2011 when the book was hot, but it still seems to be useful for a good number of people.
We’ll see what this year brings. I still intend on publishing something every day, and already have a good plan for the next few weeks. I also have some big non-blogging goals for the year that may hamper things, so we’ll see what happens.
Either way, best wishes to you for 2021!