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Last week it was exactly two years since my first post on this blog, and it’s time to draw some conclusions on these 2 years.

First some numbers: 460 posts, 1056 comments, 350k page views, 225k unique visitors, almost 1000 RSS subscribers.

But the numbers alone don’t say a lot: it’s better to see the charts with the trends of visitors and subscribers over the years as provided by Google Analytics and Feedburner (the spikes are related to some posts that got lots of view). During the last months, I averaged around 700 page views per day.

weekly-views-chart

rss-subscribers

Now same more charts. The number of posts per month:

posts-comments-per-month

Interesting to notice that months with most posts were the ones I spent in NZ, and the ones with least posts are Sept and Oct 08, two of the most busy months for my book writing process.

One last chart: the number of posts compared to the number of view.

view-cumulative-posts

Most of my visits come from search engines, and it’s interesting to notice that the number of view follows the number of post accumulated over the months.

And finally the list of my top 10 posts, using Ayende’s formula:

  1. How to make a Gmail-like loading indicator with ASP.NET Ajax – 45369 views
  2. How to refresh an UpdatePanel from javascript – 35067 views
  3. Ajax TreeView – 22175 views
  4. Rss2BlogML: export any RSS feed to a BlogML file – 18333 views
  5. .NET Ajax Survey results – 13452 views
  6. How to manage ASP.NET validation from Javascript with jQuery – 13545 views
  7. How to add a required validator to a CheckBoxList – 11928 views
  8. Vista Gadget for CruiseControl.NET - CC.NET Monitor for Vista Sidebar 0.5 – 10983 views
  9. How to enable an ASP.NET WebService to listen to HTTP POST calls – 9313 views
  10. ASP.NET MVC Link collection – 7814 views

What do I get from this? That people look mainly for Ajax/javascript related topics and look for “How tos” and not about opinions and theoretical posts.

What’s next? I’m almost at the end of my book, and in the future expect to see some posts about jQuery, ASP.NET MVC, Ninject and possibly even something about iPhone development (which might be my next project at Avanade).

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posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 12:20 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Keyvan Nayyeri at 12/15/2008 12:42 PM

Congratulations Simone :-)

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Simone at 12/15/2008 12:50 PM

Thx :)
Funny to look into these stats... you understand better the kind of readers we all have: people looking for quick and easy to implement solutions to tiny problems... they look for recipes, not for opinions or theoretical talks. Somehow sad in my opinion... but pretty much reflects the IT world nowadays, which is full of people with little knowledge that somehow started to write code.

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Si Philp at 12/15/2008 12:52 PM

Happy 2nd Birthday :) Surely time for a skin change too ;)

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Mahdi Taghizadeh at 12/15/2008 12:52 PM

Congrats man and thank you for the time you dedicate to the community!

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Simone at 12/15/2008 12:53 PM

@Si: new skin will come sometimes in the next few months :)

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Keyvan Nayyeri at 12/15/2008 1:09 PM

@Simone

Yes, it's really disappointing to see the growing number of such developers especially on the .NET community.

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Justin Etheredge at 12/15/2008 3:49 PM

Congrats! Your blog is great, and I personally love the content that you produce.

I do however think that your conclusion about opinion articles versus technical solutions is not quite accurate though. You said yourself that most of your traffic comes from search engines, and how often do you search for opinion articles through search engines? I know that I read most of those through trusted sources, since opinions are cheap and everyone has one. I think that as your blog becomes more and more popular, you will see a growing interest in opinion articles as more people start to see you as a trusted source. Again, congrats and keep the great posts coming.

# re: Second birthday for CodeClimber

Left by Simone at 12/20/2008 2:55 PM

Justin, you are right... search engines only send visits to "how to's" posts.
Now that the book is over, I hope I'll have more time to write interesting topics on my blog :)

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