With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment to review another year in blogging. So, let’s dive right in!
First, some traffic stats: In 2012, I had over 94K visits and over 77K uniques. These are certainly not earth shattering numbers, but I’m pretty satisfied with the traffic. As far as individual posts, I had four 10k+ posts this year:
- Good Devs Don’t Like Magic (14K reads)
- “DevOps is Ruining My Craft” (13K reads)
- How to get IE8 to Support HTML5 Tags and Web Fonts (11K reads)
- Guilt Driven Development (10K reads)
The first post on this list got a lot of traffic from Reddit, while the second got a bump from Hacker News. The third was almost entirely organic (thank you Google!), and the forth was a mix (by the way, I actually wrote that post in 2011).
Even though I assumed I’d get tired of it by now, I continued writing geek humor articles in 2012. Here are some of my favorites:
- Code Review Gone Bad
- “DevOps is Ruining My Craft“
- Dysfunctional Programming 101
- New Virus Reinstalls IE6 on Infected Machines
Another type of posts I started this year are “How to” guides on various technical topics. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- How to Use WordPress Custom Post Types to Add Events to Your Site
- How to Get IE8 to Support HTML5 Tags and Web Fonts
- How to Use JSON Objects With Twitter Bootstrap Typeahead
There were a few highlights this year as well:
- I wrote my 100th post
- My blogging lead to an interview on the Code Project
- Some of my posts started getting republished on a Brazilian developer site called iMasters.
- “DevOps is Ruining My Craft” hit the front page of Hacker News and was referenced by Martin Fowler in one of his posts (not bad for what I thought was a throw-away post).
- My post on Continuous Delivery was re-tweeted by the Lean Startup guru Eric Ries:
For whatever reason, I redesigned my blog three times this year:
Though the goals I originally outlined for a redesign remained largely the same, I learned some stuff along the way which impacted future iterations. For example, I used to have Google ads displaying on the blog. However, since they netted just a hair over $10 for the entire year, I decided to remove them.
By the way, I should note that the color scheme for the latest design was inspired by this picture of the Bank of China.
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