Blogging edit

As I did at the beginning of 2013, I’d like to take a moment to look back at the last year and reflect on a few of the things that happened as well as go over some stats from my site.

Highlights of 2013

Last year was definitely a bit more exciting than anything that happened in 2013 but when you change jobs, get married, and move across the country, it’s tough to match that.  Last year I listed out each month and something important that occurred within that month.  I don’t really feel like there was enough big stuff to do that again but we’ll just do it anyway.

  • January Nothing exciting here.  I did get approval for Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check.  If you are a frequent traveler (on airplanes that is) I can’t recommend Pre-Check enough.  I’ve walked in the airport and been through security within two minutes countless times.
  • February Nothing crazy here either.  I spoke at a few conferences and visited a company in Toronto.
  • March Nothing worth mentioning.
  • April Erin and I visited Portland for the first time.  It was a lot of fun though I think the city get’s hyped up a bit too much. 
  • May Went to a few conferences.  Went kayaking in Lake Union for the first time.  We had so much fun we went back about half a dozen times, including once with my brother, and just bought our first kayak so we can go anytime we want next summer.  I also earned my motorcycle license endorsement.
  • June Spoke at a few different conferences including TechEd in New Orleans and Build in San Francisco.  We also travelled back to the midwest for one of my best friends’ weddings in Chicago.
  • July Nothing amazing.  We did rent a jetski in Lake Washington which was a lot of fun.  It’s expensive for an hour of fun but is a pretty cool way to see the lake.
  • August Nothing fun.
  • September Spent a weekend in Eastern Washington for my birthday.  We actually stayed on a functioning wine vineyard which was a lot of fun.
  • October We went to Seattle Met’s Secret Supper.  This was a meal at the number one restaurant of the year for Seattle Met magazine.  They didn’t tell people that had purchased tickets where it was until the morning of the dinner.  It ended up being at Mamnoon and it was great.
  • November Did some travel for work and went back to the midwest for Thanksgiving.  This was my first time back since my family moved out of the house I spent most of my life in.
  • December Just the usual busyness of the holidays as well as wrapping up the LensRocket demo I just released.

Top 3 blog posts

By looking at unique view count, these were the top three blog posts in 2012:

While not in the top 3, the 31 Day series on iOS development was number 6.  In total there were 5 articles from that series in the top 10 list.

Top Azure Post

The number one Azure post, by unique viewer count, was my Common Scenarios with Windows Azure Mobile Services post.  This post contains links to tons of different tutorials and blog posts about using Mobile Services.

The Visitors

Here are the stats on the people that visited the site:

  • Unique Visitors There were 126,472 unique visitors on the site.  This is over 2.5 times what I had last year.
  • Visits There were 196,845 visits to the site.
  • Page Views There were 415,748 page views which means there was on average 2.11 pages per visit.
  • Location and Language The United States led with the most visitors (42k), followed by India (34k) and then the UK (9k).  English was the language of choice. 
  • Browser and OS Over half the traffic (51.51%) was from Chrome (a small increase over last year) then Safari (20.04%) and then Firefox (18.10%) and finally IE (6.10%).  This was a big increase for Safari and a moderate decrease for IE.  For OS, Windows led (48.6%) then Macintosh (39.34%), then iOS (4.76%), then Linux (4.73%) and finally Android (2.13%).  This showed an increase in Mac at the cost of Windows.  Interestingly, there has been a lot of coverage about the sale of Chromebooks over the last year and it’s traffic is at 0.01% (27 total visits).
  • Mobile Mobile traffic was up at 7.2% (including both phones and tablets) with the iPad leading the iPhone (5312 and 3929).  The next closest defined device (there was a “non set” in between) was the Nexus 7 with 332 visits.
  • Where you came from Once again people overwhelmingly came from Google (151,341) then direct (29,147), and finally Twitter (3,339). 

As mentioned above, this was a huge increase over last year.  Daily visits started off this year around the 200 - 400 per day range and ended at the 400 - 900 per day range.  It’s really awesome to see the site being visited so much more in just a year’s time and to see how that growth looks for different operating systems / browsers. 

What’s ahead in 2014

I’ve got a number of things planned for this year including:

  • Doubling the traffic on this site If the same level of growth occurs over the next year that I had in this year, this should be pretty easy to accomplish.
  • I’d like to get back into doing more fitness type things so I’d like to run a half marathon by the end of the year (I’m already planning a 15k in March).
  • I received a FitBit in September and have since walked just over 1 million steps.  If you calculate it out that means 3.38 millions steps in 2014.  I’d like to hit 5 million.
  • I want to release the finished Android LensRocket app to the Google Play Store as well as finish the iOS version and release that to the App Store.
  • I’ve been getting back into game development and would like to release at least one game to an app store as well as participate in one of the Ludum Dares.
  • I’m doing a lot of travel this year for non-work reasons and those are going to be some great trips: Europe, Alaska, Phoenix.

I’ll be back for another report in 2015.

Chris Risner

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