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Blog readership is dropping

My blog readership has been falling for several years. It was even lower in 2018. I am not sure if the cause is my gradual shift away from "how-to" style posts to more of a focus on photo blogging. Perhaps it's time to return to a weekly schedule of one opinion posts, one technical post and one photography post. Perhaps I can remove the beer check-ins.

I summarized the JetPack Annual Reports for Island in the Net from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Automattic did not release a report for 2016 and 2017. Pity. However, I used information in my WordPress dashboard to get at some of the information.

Blog stats for 2011.

This blog was viewed about 96,000 times in 2011. In 2011, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 69 posts. The busiest day of that year was October 13th with 531 views. The most popular post that day was Untitled.

This blog had 33,000 views in 2012. In 2012, there were 186 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 540 posts. The busiest day of that year was December 27th with 279 views. The most popular post that day was HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2.

This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2013. In 2013, there were 324 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 908 posts. The busiest day of that year was January 3rd with 929 views. The most popular post that day was HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2.

[code]https://jetpack.com/annual-report/5508687/2014/[/code]

This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. The busiest day of that year was December 18th with 3,325 views. The most popular post that day was HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2.

This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. The busiest day of that year was January 6th with 1,574 views. The most popular post that day was HDR photography with Raspberry Pi and gPhoto2.

This blog was viewed about 23,271 times in 2016.

This blog was viewed about 21,607 times in 2017.

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  • Susan Gutterman
    30th December 2018 at 11:23 PM

    I like the idea of a schedule of three posts from different areas of expertise. Also think it’s a good idea to drop beer check-ins. I find myself scrolling through them and they distract from the wealth of information that you have to offer.

    • Khürt Williams
      31st December 2018 at 10:51 AM

      But ... I actually carry my camera and style the majority of images I use for my craft ale checkins. 🙂

      Is no one else on the InterWeb into craft ale (the word beer does not do craft ale justice).

      I'm sad. It could be daily photos of cats. I know one person who participates in a weekly photo challenge. Every single entry is about her two dogs.

  • Daniel Brinneman
    29th December 2018 at 7:22 PM

    I suggest leaving the beer check-ins where they are and removing them from the main RSS feed.

    • Khürt Williams
      29th December 2018 at 7:31 PM

      Why remove the beer checkins from the main RSS feed?

    • Khürt Williams
      31st December 2018 at 11:11 AM

      The problem with removing them from the main feed is that subscribers will never see them. That's not my goal. You can exclude beer from your feed subscription by using something like this:

      https://islandinthenet.com?cat=-5672&feed=rss2

    • Daniel Brinneman
      1st January 2019 at 8:56 PM

      I'm just seeing your comments after seeing if my webmention had come through. I saw them showing up on webmention.io. Not actual main feed, I didn't mean to write. Your new post with separate feeds is what I was thinking about but failed to clarify in my first comment.

      • Khürt Williams
        2nd January 2019 at 8:45 PM

        Understood. Yeah, I really didn't want to remove. Preferred to add.

  • Forestwood
    29th December 2018 at 5:08 PM

    I am co hosting a new weekly photo challenge with another blogger in the New Year that might widen your readership thereby increasing your stats, Khürt.

    • Khürt Williams
      29th December 2018 at 5:41 PM

      I would be interested in participating. Please keep me in the loop. I am working out some other things I may try.

      • Forestwood
        29th December 2018 at 6:24 PM

        Sure. I will keep you posted!!

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