Statistics of this Blog: Crossed 40.000 Views

This blog was viewed more than 40.000 times and had more than 30.000 visitors. As in this post, here are the numbers:

viewspermonthnumbers2016-11

All these increases by 10.000 views all come roughly every eight months, see 30.000 (Jan-2016), 20.000 (Apr-2015), 10.000 (Sep-2014). So I kind of have reached a steady-state.

The averages per day are:

viewsavgdaynumbers2016-11

The development of visits is as below:

viewspermonth2016-11

Top posts (all time) are:

topposts2016-11

Statistics since February 25, 2012, most visits come from US and Germany by a wide margin, India has replaced France as third place:

viewspercountry2016-11

Considerations when converting from WordPress.com to Hugo

At times WordPress.com uses its user base to experiment with some half baked new features, see for example Classical editor in WordPress.com, or see this Hello Jekyll, bye WordPress.com! These are the times when I consider migrating from WordPress.com to another blogging platform. Usually after some grumbling I stick with WordPress.com, simply because it is very good. WordPress.com is working very reliably, offering a multitude of features not found elsewhere.

Hugo is probably the best choice regarding static website generators. Hugo’s strongest point is its speed, see 6 Static Blog Generators That Aren’t Jekyll. As this blog has more than 200 posts, and my other blog at Collected Links has almost 3.000 posts, speed is of concern. For a list of more static website generators see Top Open-Source Static Site Generators.

Below is a list of obstacles when considering migrating from WordPress.com to Hugo static website generator.

Below is a list of tasks and open issues when migrating from WordPress.com to Hugo:

  1. Migration itself: as of today there does not seem to be an out-of-the box WordPress.com migration toolkit. Ideally one takes the XML export file to start Hugo
  2. Automatic showing “Related to” blog posts
  3. Scheduled tasks: Using some crontab or at-job machinery will probably do the trick
  4. site stats: As the WordPress.com stats are no longer available one has to either use Google analytics, or analyze the weblog of the web-server. Right now I find the WordPress.com statistics page quite informative and I prefer it to the convoluted statistics page found on Google Analytics.
  5. top posts, blog stats directly on the blog
  6. Android app for publishing posts when you don’t want to turn on your laptop or desktop machine
  7. publicize, i.e., automatically sharing new posts on Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
  8. posting posts by e-mail

Below list of features are already built-in in Hugo, and there is no need to work around it:

  1. math equations
  2. the “more”-tag seems to be there, it is called summaries

2015 in review – report generated by WordPress

See the fireworks Elmar Klausmeier’s Weblog created by blogging on WordPress.com. Check out their 2015 annual report.

Here is an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 47 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 425 MB. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 2nd with 93 views. The most popular post that day was Three Free Invites For the OnePlus One.

Source: My 2015 annual report.

Classical editor in WordPress.com

The new editor in WordPress.com is quite annoying. It is annoying because:

  1. list of categories do not show up
  2. edit area is smaller
  3. “copy a post” is missing
  4. “format” menu is now a drop-down

Unfortunately there is no option to switch back and forth between the annoying and the classical editor, you either have to go via the wp-admin area, or use below direct URLs. Also see Timethief‘s post Navigating the Classic WordPress.COM interface.

Here are the URLs to access the classical editor:

  1. edit post #123456: https://eklausmeier.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=123456&action=edit
  2. new post: https://eklausmeier.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

A similar annoyance is the new statistics page. I prefer the “old” statistics page which can be found in https://wordpress.com/my-stats?blog=2434324. Every blog has a unique number, mine is 2434324.

WordPress.com News and Numbers: Year 2014 in Review

Im(Press)ive! Your Year in Review published some usage statistics for the year 2014, which are quite astonishing:

  1. 18,300,771 new blogs
  2. 555,782,547 new posts
  3. 24.5 TB/h (Terabyte per hour)

Compare this with statistics from year 2013:

  1. 13,704,819 new blogs
  2. 489,281,136 new posts
  3. 667,675,929 comments

So WordPress.com is not only growing, they are growing faster than last year.