Top posts in 2013

WordPress just sent me roundup of my 2013 blog stats. These kind of stats are always fun to look at and I’d like to share a few of them here.

Overall, the blog got ~37K views in 2013 (I’m pretty sure this doesn’t include people reading via email). On one hand, I’m pretty happy about this. 37K is not a small number. I’m sure a far fewer number of people have read my academic publications. On the other hand, I know it isn’t very much. In the scale of the Internet, 37K isn’t that large of a number, even for a day — there are plenty of sites that get millions of views per day!

There is definitely room for growth. To be honest, I am still trying to figure out how much I care about blog growth. I like the idea of writing for the sake of writing, and because of this, I haven’t put much time into promoting the blog. But perhaps it would be interesting promote it more, if only for the sake of figuring out more about Internet traffic.

Also, I received a list of the most viewed blog posts. They are listed below in order:

  1. The unbundling of Craigslist and reddit
  2. The single founder dilemma
  3. What’s wrong with being average?
  4. The simple secret to creating new habits
  5. Surviving the startup rollercoaster

To some degree, I am not surprised. Occasionally, if I think a post will resonate with a community (say Hacker News or a subreddit), I will share. These posts were all posts that I shared/promoted in some shape or form, and it isn’t surprising that they are the most viewed posts.

As with most thing on the Internet, the traffic follows a power law: that is, the top post received about half of all of the blog’s page views.

If you have just come across this blog, these 5 posts may be good to start with. If you have other favorites, I would love to hear 🙂

P.S. This is post number #94 in a 100 day blogging challenge. See you tomorrow!

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