FROM 2002 TO 2009, according to Statcounter, the number of unique visitors to my blog ticked over 1.9m (just a little more than other prominent bloggers in Ireland) but as the area chart suggests above, the 2009 traffic represents a downward trend, something I've written about before. For the record, the 2009 brought me 325,340 page loads, 245,591 unique visitors and 230,350 first time visitors. I'm happy knowing I attracted three times more first-time visitors than the Rock of Cashel in the same year. I'm also comfortable with my slide towards niche traffic because I can use my blog as a case study in a Web Analytics module I teach next semester. I can also continue using my blog as a moblog (something I update most of the time from my mobile phone), teaching teens how to hone that skill as well. And on top of those things, my blog keeps teaching me things--something that makes updating it all the more worthwhile. Here are the posts I shared that attracted the most people throughout 2009. They're significant because in each of the cases, I received direct email or voice mail follow-ups. That behaviour confirms something that confirms a regularly updated blog in the virtual world can convert visitors into foot traffic in the real world.
External Wall Insulation. Written 31 Jan 09. Read 8181 times in 2009.
Most of the readers coming to this page Googled for sites in Ireland containing information related to grants from the Irish government for home insulation. Tipperary Institute teaches builders how to retrofit homes with better insulation and how to certify energy efficiency in structures. More than anything else, watching a steady stream of people from Ireland arrive--several every working hour of an Irish work week--caused me to create a list of to-do insulation items.
Sony Digital Voice Editor. Written 4 Nov 05. Read 7485 times in 2009.
I use version 3 of Sony's Digital Voice Editor. From my webstats and direct e-mail correspondence, I know that software is used by students learning English. Many of them are training to supervise call centres. Some of them use Dragon Naturally Speaking to convert the Sony Memory Stick Voice files into Word documents. I need to accelerate this process in my own life. Dragon is sitting, awaiting the arrival of a souped-up laptop to render speech-t-text.
AVI on the Nokia N97. Written 28 Jul 09. Read 3850 times in 2009.
We drag and drop children's videos onto the Nokia N97. It's handy that the phone can play AVIs. That feature alone has sold a few people to buy N97 handsets. It's the capability that pushed me to buy a SonyEricsson Satio just before Christmas.
Vodafone Settings. Written 3 Mar 04. Read 3410 times in 2009.
I keep this information on my Nokia E90 so I can text it to people who follow up with questions about how to configure their unlocked phones to Vodafone. Several happy iPhone owners now have the information, including a leisure phone in our home.
No B&Q Wind Turbine. Written 7 Feb 09. Read 3200 times in 2009.My colleague Liam Noonan does a better job of explaining why home wind turbines simply do not deliver what they advertise through their life expectancies. Irish bloggers should write more analytical pieces on greenwashed technologies. We will explore this idea during next semester's Public Relations module in Tipperary Institute.
And you might expect to see me doing just that in the 12 months ahead.