I do my best to blog consistently, but as I am sure you all know, sometimes work (and life) get in the way. I assure you it is never my intent to shirk the blog… but the reality is that (despite my having placed a very handy PayPal link on the site) I have never earned any money from blogging. Don’t worry, that is not why I do it. I blog – I have always blogged – to help the IT Pro community, and to entertain, and to inform.
Blogging for me is not entirely selfless. I get true satisfaction when I help people, and the way I know I am reaching you all (since it is not from my PayPal balance) is from comments, replies, and sheer numbers.
That is why it makes my heart swell when I watch my WordPress statistics page. It is especially meaningful when I write something personal (as I did on September 30, 2014, when I wrote My parting words as a Microsoft MVP. With all of the technical articles and how-to blogs I have written, that piece resulted in the single highest hit-rate day I had experienced in ten years of blogging… September 30 held that honour for nearly a year.
I have been busy with a lot of different technologies over the past weeks, not to mention my participation in the Pan Am Games. So in the last week of July I posted five articles in five days – two technical (on PowerShell), two product review/comparison, and one personal completely non-technical piece on the PanAm Games.
If you haven’t noticed, all of my completely non-technical articles are saved for Fridays. That is the day that I assume people want something lighter to get them ready for the week-end. Two weeks ago it was a long-overdue piece on Las Vegas, last week and this week it was on the Pan Am Games. I enjoy writing these pieces, and I know that I do have a growing non-technical audience that I like to write for.
When the week started (with a piece on PowerShell) the statistics were leaning toward an average month – about 16,500 hits, which by the way still blows my mind because I remember the days when 10 hits a day made me happy. It usually breaks down as 600-650 from Monday to Friday, 500-600 on Fridays, and I am happy if I get 300 hits Saturdays and Sundays.
However as piece after piece came out, something amazing happened… Monday ended and I had 711 hits… 700 hits in a day is not unheard of, but it is usually when I post something either interesting or controversial. Tuesday was 743 hits… two days above 700 hits is amazing for me! Wednesday reached 861 hits… wow, I can literally count on two hands (maybe three) the number of 800+ hit days I remember.
I should point out, by the way, that Wednesday was also the day that Windows 10 released. So of course my Thursday morning post discussed the new OS. With that said, Thursday’s numbers absolutely shattered the previous record. 1,072 hits from 887 visitors.
Fridays are always slower, but still, 827 hits from 701 visitors left a huge smile on my face.
What was probably the best single week of hits (5,300 or so) helped The World According to Mitch to shatter another record. Thanks to you, 18,381 views on my blog were recorded in July, making this month (my birthday month!) the best ever for the site.
I am sure the fact that I did not neglect you helped… In a 31 day month I posted 15 articles. I will try to remember that the next time I get complacent.
Thank you all… and if you have any comments, questions, or requests… feel free to ask. I love you all!