2012 just ended and I believe it's the perfect time to analyze the statistics of my blog, well, I should say blogs. As most of you know by now, My Kafkaesque life consists of three blogs. This one is the main one, reserved for my best posts, and then there's the second one with the same design and similar URL, where I publish shorter articles and make pages, and the last one is my photo blog, where I occasionally publish higher-resolution photos. Most of the time I update the main and second blog and since they look the same, I hardly take them as two separate blogs. Nevertheless, this division is useful, when I'm writing article-like posts, that are meant for googlers rather than for regular readers and it's quite beneficial to my overall traffic. If you're not into detailed stats, scroll to the bottom, you can just check the tl;dr version of my stats.
Basic stats by Blogger(2008-2013)
1. Published posts | %
Main blog: 764
Second blog: 450
Photo blog: 137
2. Published comments | %
Main blog: 10,929
Second blog: 1,051
Photo blog: 97
3. Google Reader subscriptions | %
Main blog: 285
Second blog: 76
Photo blog: 12
CONCLUSION: As you can see, the focus is still on my main blog when it comes to the amount of published posts, comments and subscriptions, because I choose to post the most interesting and personal articles here, while I use the other two blogs for shorter articles, photos and pages, that receive less feedback from readers, but are very beneficial for the SEO as well as enable me to enlarge my Taipei and Taiwan travel resource without losing my loyal subscribers.
Stats by Google Analytics (2010, 2011, 2012)
Let's look into some more particular stats provided by Google Analytics. I started this blog in 2008 and added the other two in late 2009, however I begun to use Google Analytics in 2010 on all three blogs, that's why I decided to compare the past 3 years on every particular blog and highlight some trends.
4. Visits by blog (column) and by year (row)
5. Average daily visits in 2012
Main blog: 643
Second blog: 479
Photo blog: 108
6. Pageviews by blog (column) and by year (row)
7. Average daily visits in 2012
Main blog: 1238
Second blog: 2070
Photo blog: 185
CONCLUSION: The data shows, that the main blog's visits and pageviews dropped in 2011, because I focused more on my second blog. Subsequently, the second blog doubled the visits and tripled the pageviews. In 2012 both blogs grew almost equally, the photo blog is also doing much better and doubling the growth every year. It's interesting, that the second blog has less visits than the main, but more pageviews, because of all the travel related pages are found there.
8. Visitors by country and by blog
CONCLUSION: In the recent 3 years, when I started to write more about traveling to Taiwan, I attracted a lot of readers from Singapore. I used to live there for a while and I know how much people love Taiwan, so it's not a big surprise. Singaporeans like to organize individual customized trips and young people prefer English resources - I guess my blog is perfect for them. If I only look at 2012 visits by country Taiwan has dethroned Singapore and is no my no. 1 now, but by a small margin.
9. Visitor structure by OS
1. Windows 77%
2. OS X 13%
3. iOS 7%
4. Android 1%
5. Linux 1%
6. Others 1%
10. Visitors structure by top browsers
1. Firefox 30%
2. Chrome 28%
3. IE 25%
4. Safari 14%
5. Opera 2%
6. Others 1%
11. Desktop OS vs. mobile OS traffic
Desktop 857,343 | 92.3%
Mobile 79,168 | 7.7%
12. Visitors from mobile OS: Apple vs. Android
Apple iOS devices 84%
Various Android 7%
13. Visitor structure by mobile devices
1. iPad 57%
2. iPhone 24%
3. Others 9%
4. Android devices 6%
5. iPod touch 3%
6. Sony Xperia 1%
CONCLUSION: Traffic from mobile devices is truly on the rise since 2010 and most of this is driven by Apple's iOS devices, which constitute 84% of all my mobile traffic - that's impressive. Nevertheless, most of my visitors come from desktop OS and prefer the traditional way of reading blogs. With that said, I'm still trying to optimize my blog for a good mobile experience.
14. My 10 most popular posts published in 2012 by pageviews
7,256 Is Jeremy Lin Taiwanese or Chinese?
5,090 Racist Starbucks' clerk drew slanted eyes - Korea abuzz
3,820 How to get a job in Taiwan?
3,280 Xinbeitou: Taipei's onsen paradise
3,215 Transportation tips for Taipei and Taiwan
2,625 Working for Taiwanese company
2,567 How to go to Alishan?
1,721 Food in Tainan
1,690 Original Din Tai Fung
1,674 China compared to Taiwan
15. My 25 most popular posts and pages since 2010 by pageviews
54,446 List of night markets in Taiwan | Page
47,090 Taipei overview | Page
43,335 Visit Taipei (English)
37,451 Taiwan travel overview | Page
36,261 Taiwan overview | Page
35,902 Jessica Alba hot legs, GQ, 2010
34,562 Shida Night Market
34,290 Taipei sights listed by group | Page
29,463 My life in Taiwan overview | Page
26,984 Visit Taipei (Traditional Chinese)
25,080 List of restaurants in Taipei | Page
22,989 Uniquely Taiwan overview | Page
21,139 Taiwanese girls: What experts say
20,368 List of 15 most romantic Chinese phrases
19,705 Ximending guide
19,280 About me | Page
18,543 About young people of Taiwan
18,131 Shilin Night Market
17,944 Ningxia Night Market
17,113 Taiwanese girls: Stereotypes and reality
16,666 Food in Taiwan | Page
16,407 List of night markets in Taipei | Page
15,291 Towns near Taipei | Page
15,134 Raohe Night Market
12,574 About Korean women and girls
CONCLUSION: This list shows, that my most popular posts are related to Taipei and Taiwan, especially those that relate to travel planning. I will definitely focus more on that in the future. My pages are highly popular, because they centralize my information. I'm constantly working on improving that for my readers.
My blog stats: tl;dr version
If you're not into checking all those stats in detail, here is a tl;dr version, a brief summary of all the data above.
• I've written 1,351 posts so far and received 12,077 comments.
• My main blog has 285 subscribers, my second one has 76.
• I had around 450,000 visits to my blogs in 2012, that's a 63% increase from 2011.
• On average I had 1,230 visits per day or around 37,500 visits per month in 2012.
• I had close to 1.3 million pageviews in 2012, that's a 61% increase from 2011.
• On average I had 3,493 pageviews per day or around 106,500 per month in 2012.
• Most of my traffic came from Taiwan, USA and Singapore in 2012.
• 92% of my traffic comes from desktop, Windows is dominating.
• 8% of my traffic comes from mobile, iOS is dominating, iPad is the top device.
• My most popular post of all times is Visit Taipei in English.
• My most popular page of all times is List of Night Markets in Taiwan
• My most popular post in 2012 was Is Jeremy Lin Taiwanese or Chinese?
2012 was the best blogging year so far according to this data, but that's just one way to look at it. What matters most is that I'm having fun and enjoying to share my thoughts, travel escapades and photos. My blog is my main creative outlet and no social media can replace that. One that comes close to that is Instagram, you can check my photos here. My blogging plans for this year include finishing the Taipei travel resource, better utilizing social media and monetizing my blog. I also want to collaborate more with my wife and allow guest posts. Thank you, if you're following my blog and reading my posts regularly, I appreciate it, you're part of my blog's success. And do say hi from time to time, I'd appreciate it. Cheers!