I’m a millionaire!

Well, not in pounds or dollars.  But, according to WordPress.com and to my considerable surprise, this blog has now had over a million impressions since I started it, 3 and a bit years ago.

OK, I know Joel Spolsky or Jeff Atwood probably wouldn’t get out of  bed for a meagre million impressions, but I still couldn’t resist crowing about it.

As you can see in the graph below the traffic is very uneven, dominated by a few posts that made it on to the front page of social news sites.

In fact over 40% of the total impressions come from just 5 (2%) of the posts:

Post Impressions
The software awards scam 234,909
10 things non-technical users don’t understand about your software 55,291
Lessons learned from 13 failed software products 51,676
Your harddrive *will* fail – it’s just a question of when 47,505
Where I program 47,075

Here are a few things I have learnt along the way:

  • As with many things in life, persistence is the key.
  • Choose your audience and write for that audience.
  • Pick a realistic posting schedule and try to stick to it.
  • Find your own voice.
  • The titles of posts are important.
  • Don’t expect lots of clickthroughs from social media sites to translate to lots of subscribers.
  • Get your posts proof read (thanks Claire!).
  • I am lousy at predicting how much interest a particular blog post will generate.
  • Don’t blog about blogging.
  • Be prepared to break the rules from time to time.

Although time is sometimes scarce for blogging I have lots of ideas for future blog posts. But if there is anything you would particularly like to see on this blog, please leave a comment.

13 thoughts on “I’m a millionaire!

  1. Paul

    Congratulations Andy!

    BTW, did you know your last two posts have been listed on Planet MicroISV by the alt text of the first image, instead of the title?

    I thought “lenticular clouds over Mount Sefton, New Zealand” was an odd title for the last post, but now it makes sense!

  2. zvikico

    “Don’t blog about blogging.” :-)

    Well done, Andy, keep up the good work.

    You put a lot of effort into your posts, it is quite obvious. In some cases, it seems that the post took hours and days of research. While I very much appreciate the content and benefit from reading it, would you say you have a positive ROI here?

    1. Andy Brice Post author

      >would you say you have a positive ROI here?

      No. So far the ratio of financial rewards to effort has been low. But it is very much a long term investment. And money isn’t everything. Hopefully I have at least helped a few people avoid some of the mistakes I have made.

  3. Chris Russi

    Congratulations Andy. I’m not surprised though … whenever I see your RSS feed “highlighted” (indicating there is new content) I “always” click to see what is new … that is not true with a lot of blogs I follow … but, it is with yours. I have learned a lot from your writings. Thanks!


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