2018 has been an eventful year. Between some major accomplishments at work, getting engaged, starting a new website
and decommissioning a blogumentary I've been working on
, I was able to grow Igor's Blog with a good collection of popular and informative content. So now it's coming towards the end of the year and I thought that I need to do a roundup article and then take a break until 2019. Next year will also see changes in posting frequency and style as I reshuffle some of my priorities, more on that later.
First lets see what Google Analytics
tells us about traffic. In 2018 I had around 500k page views, which is up by around 40% from the previous year's figure of 350k. There were a few outstanding articles that contributed towards that increase. The month-by-month difference wasn't as extreme, but still showed a good amount of growth. This is a really good result considering that the posting frequency was almost halved between those two years. Overall I am happy with the increase in readership.
So more people are reading, that's great, but what have been the developments to drive it? Well this year I was approached by Fascinations/Metal Earth
to start reviewing their kits
. These posts saw a good amount of popularity throughout the year and I intend to continue publishing more reviews in the future. I've also stepped up the amount of articles I wrote about WebLogic
in general. Even though I write more articles about Java
hasn't gone unnoticed. The articles on GameBoy and Neo Geo Pocket, as well as other sorts of modding
were quite popular too.
It's been a mixed bag of new content, as usual, but I think the critical factor to the growth in readers can also be attributed to me starting to share what I write on Hacker News
. Some articles were so widely shared that my server went down a few times over the year! I know this is an issue in the Blog software I'm using and is something I plan to address over the holiday season - there'll be an article on that in 2019!
Lets talk have a look at which articles have been the most popular this year. I didn't know my readers were so into Penny-Farthing model kits, but for some reason Riding Tall - Metal Earth Penny-Farthing Kit
got thousands of views. The extremely popular post, My Amazon Interview Horror Story
was widely read and shared. I was a little apprehensive about sharing this experience, but having seen how many people commented that they had the same bad experience with Amazon, I'm glad I did. Then my description of the method of data storage I used over at Atari Gamer
received quite a lot of attention - Hijacking HTML canvas and PNG images to store arbitrary text data
. Every single modding article I wrote was up there too - Hacking the HBQ-i7 TWS wireless headphones to make a Stereo Bluetooth Receiver
, Adding a Back Light to a Neo Geo Pocket (not Color)
and Modding a Neo Geo Pocket Color with a Game Boy SP Front Light