2013 in review – Well, that sucked! haha

What an ironic way to finish off the year; post my horrible stats for the year I almost stopped blogging completely! haha.

I have had a busy, and sometimes, stressful life this year. My free time has withered to almost nothing, as has my regular mountain biking schedule.

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but 2014 needs to be an improvement for me, that’s certain. So, what better place to start, than at the bottom.

Without further ado, here are my crappy blog stats. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

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2011 in review as done by WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 44,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Updated Twitter and WordPress.com integration

Today WordPress announced a few new features that integrate your blog with Twitter. This comes as Twitter renews it’s look and feel! Perfect timing, I say! There is no better time to start using Twitter for keeping up with news, current events, local weather, friends and family. And lastly, with the recent improved embedded functionality, all your WordPress.com short links will preview from within Twitter!

I find I click links on Twitter far more if there is a preview giving a snippet of the content! This should drive more traffic to WordPress.com blogs! At least I hope so. If it works for Google+ and Facebook, it’s bound to work for Twitter as well.

Some other changes to Twitter’s embedding feature will allow for more customized HTML control of how your embedded tweets show up on your site. I believe this new feature is rolling out slowly for people, however here is a snippet of how it looks.

For more about the new features and Twitter integration, here is today’s WordPress.com post…

via The Long and Short of It — Blog — WordPress.com.

What are your thoughts on me putting ads on this site?

Today WordPress.com announced that they were opening up the ability to make some money on blogs hosted there. They are starting with blogs that have Custom Domains, like mine!

I wanted to hear from you, my two visitors, and see if you would be OK with me trying to make a small amount to cover the costs of running the site? I am a bit apprehensive about placing ads if they take away from my witty commentary. haha.

I remember signing up for Google Ads a few years ago when I ran my atheist.nu site. The problem was that it looked for words in my content. So as an example, if I was writing about how evolution is true and creationism is not, Google would place ads on a book about how creationism was true or Darwin was a fake. Kinda the opposite of the content I was talking about.

So, I am excited, but with bated breath. I hope WordPress gets it right!

Here is a bit more about the new program.

Some of you may have seen the announcement that WordPress.com has partnered with Federated Media (FM) to provide advertising representation to WordPress.com bloggers. We would like to extend an invitation to you to raise your hand if you are interested in this program by entering this brief form.

WordAds is 100% optional and is designed for bloggers who would like to earn money from their blogs by showing high quality ads from brand advertisers. FM is well known for representing top blogs with high quality ads for sites like BoingBoing and Apple Insider.

Working with WordPress.com, FM can now extend its representation to more sites.

Here is a link for more information. WordAds.

WordPress Editor, I have nothing to say to you today.

I have been sharing and reading lots of things today on Twitter, which is good right? Except, that means I have nothing to say in this very white, very blank editor tonight. Damn.

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, here are a few interesting things I enjoyed reading.

In no particular order.

https://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/126136247746965505
https://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/126073017062260737
https://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/126046895964557312
https://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/125966144967409664
https://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/125965516258021376
 

Now Post Comments on Pakos.me Using Twitter and Facebook!

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One of the best things a blogger can hope for is feedback and discussion on his/her posts. Over the last year my site has taken off with people willing to comment on my ramblings. I’ve really appreciated it. It makes blogging so much more enjoyable when I know people read what I have to say, and whether they agree or disagree. Continue reading “Now Post Comments on Pakos.me Using Twitter and Facebook!”

My 5 month Postaday2011 Anniversary.

40th Anniversary Cake

Today I had my 5 month anniversary being a part of the Postaday2011 Challenge! Woot!

This has been a rewarding experiment for me. I have got so much more traffic on the site, and have enjoyed blogging about whatever the hell I want to now. Whether that is a good thing or not, I don’t know, however I now feel like a real, grown up blogger. haha.

Here are my stats so far this year…

I’ve had 17,500 visitors to the site so far this year. That is essentially 1/2 of all the traffic I’ve had since I’ve started blogging on WordPress.com! It’s amazing that if you provide consistent content, that people check out your site regularly? Who knew?

I have noticed  that  a positive trend is that I get more comments on the site now, more subscribers, and I see more referrals from social media sites, like Facebook, and Twitter. I also love getting all that WordPress.com love.It is great to see other bloggers out there commenting on posts.

Thank you everyone for reading my ramblings, and leaving comments…It makes blogging every day seem so easy to do!

If you haven’t yet started blogging regularly, it is never too late to start! Here is where you go to sign up!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/how-to-sign-up-postaday-postaweek/

Get out there and state your mind…