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.
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.
That was a big list of popular articles, but that's still not the end of it! My articles on Cobertura were a hit - Testing out new JaCoCo filtering options that help to improve code coverage and Quick look at JaCoCo vs Cobertura performance and coverage results. Then I had an article that was featured in the Odroid Magazine - Final improvements to Odroid XU4 home server with a 5V DC-DC converter in place. On the same note, a mod for the XU4 I wrote about was a popular post - Another Odroid XU4 standard heatsink and fan replacement. Not all popular articles where of a positive note either, Razer Atheris mouse - disappointment with terrible Bluetooth performance, no accessories received a huge audience...and with that I think it just about covers all the popular articles from the year.
So what's in store for 2019? Some changes are coming...The post schedule will be reduced to 1 a week. The usual tech-focused posts will continue to be dominant, and one post a month will be focused on reviews and more off-topic articles. This reduction is necessary for me to spend time on my new project - Atari Gamer. Some back-end changes will be introduced to deal with unexpected traffic spikes. Apart from that everything else will remain relatively unchanged.
Signing off until 2019...have a great holiday break everyone!