It is time to pause and celebrate and reflect. Another year has gone by with continued growth in readership and interaction. The table below shows just how much things have changed in four years.
Here are my thoughts on each of the criteria that I track:
Visitors is the key criteria because it measures how many people are interested enough to show up. I'm glad to see this criteria continue to grow.
I look at Page Views as another measure of interest. The average visitor views about 3 pages, which has been pretty consistent, so growth in page views parallels the number of visitors. The Google Analytics graphic shows how closely page views and visitors track. The vertical scale for page views is 2.5 times that of visitors.
I have been fairly consistent in tweeting multiple times per day, every day. God bless the people at BUFFER for making this a lot less work than it sounds. Sadly, the impact that Twitter has on Architekwiki's statistics is only about 2%.
In the first two years I posted articles two or three times a week, but they were much shorter. This year I have focused on one new article per week; last year there was occasional re-publishing of articles to keep up with the pace. There is about 1,500 hours of reading on Architekwiki now.
Comments are my gauge of how interested my readers are. They have grown from one per quarter to one per week.
If you bother to subscribe, it means you don't want to miss out - probably. That is good.
This year I gave up on trying to lure followers on Twitter. And it shows.
I admit that I have never invested enough time in Google+ to truly understand how to make use of it. It should be more powerful than Twitter, but unfortunately it is also more opaque.
I gave up on Facebook ages ago. I post there, but posting is on auto pilot.
The graphs below tell the same story but with colored lines.
What Does Year Five Have In Store
Architekwiki's fourth year saw two digital products released, Trello-PM and FeeCalqs. I have enjoyed the work that it takes to put something out there like those two items.
I think year five will see Architekwiki launch one or two more digital products that hopefully you find useful. Maybe I will even figure out how to develop some simple app. We'll see.
Thank you for your interest in Architekwiki...