2014 was a good blogging year. My main highlight was going to my first blogging conference and meeting other bloggers; in fact once I realised how much I enjoyed them I went to another three (my conference posts are Blogcamp, BritMums Live and Blogfest). Other highlights include:
- creating videos showing the changes we’re going to make to our house
- participating in Twitter chats
- joining Instagram
- creating a Google+ group to provide a place for people to support each other to improve their blogs (it is slow but it is helping me to focus on one improvement at a time)
- Rereading my 1989 diary and sharing some extracts
My goal for 2014 was to increase my posts to at least four times a month and I’m pleased that I achieved it, although it was a bit tight some months. I published 76 post last year, eight more than 2013 although the posting frequency was pretty varied. Those eight extra posts also mean that I published my 2nd highest number of posts in a year since I started blogging in 2007; I wonder if I can beat 105 this year?
A year ago I noted I’d had a fairly unfocussed year writing in 19 categories, with Blog being my most popular, and feeling this didn’t reflect my writing. It is similar this year with posts across 15 categories and Blog is the most popular again, by three times the post numbers.And yet I don’t feel this is a blog about blogging. Here are my three most used categories in 2014:
Most read posts
Just like 2013, old posts dominate my most read posts as they perform well in search engines, where I got 90% of my traffic. However, one 2014 posts makes it into my top five most popular posts. It is interesting that the top four all begin with a number, maybe I should be writing more posts of that type in 2015. It is also clear that my journal / diary writing posts are my most popular; every month 15 different types of journal to keep is my most popular post usually by double the next post. These posts have contributed to an increase in visitors towards the end of the year as people researched diary writing. I’d love for that peak to continue, but I don’t expect it too.
- 15 different types of journals to keep (2007)
- 23 ideas for the first page of your journal or notebook (2010)
- 13 tips to successful hot desking (2007)
- 15 ideas for old diaries and journals (2014)
- Ask advice how to label keyboard keys (2007)
Taking into account that most of my traffic comes from search engines it is not surprising the above are my most popular posts when you see the most popular search terms.
- types of journals
- keyboard keys
- different types of journals
- types of journals to keep
- types of journaling
Top referring sites
I’m interested in where referrals come from as I like the idea of people browsing and signposting to other sites. I would love my traffic from referrals to increase, but for now I’m happy to see a change in the sites in my list.
- Daily planit
- HIBS100 (a great site for referral as I was in the top 100, until my account was suspended as my blog is not house focussed enough 🙁 )
- Love all blogs
- Mark Forster
Although looking at the figures in different ways, I’m also mentioning Love Audrey for the highest average number of pages per referred visit and Becoming a stay at home mum for the longest time each visitor stayed on my site.
Most commented posts
Despite not getting into my popular post list, some of my posts did attract several comments and these were the most popular
- 15 ideas for old diaries and journals
- Sibling scrap pages – February 2014
- Stats: March 2014
- 7 years blogging, 17 years online
And of course, thank you to all the people who made comments on my posts, I really appreciate the time you take to share your thoughts particularly the following five who wrote the most.
My goal for 2015 is to continue posting at least four posts a month and increase the number of videos I do (and perhaps feature in them). I want to work out what topics I want to write about, and from there finally sort out the categories I use, and get a new theme as this one is several years old. I would also love to see the Better Blog Support Group on Google+ take off as I think we can achieve so much more when we support each other.
Have you done a blog review, what did you learn? Do you have any tips on how I can develop my blog further this year?