I started blogging with a clear purpose in mind. While a large part of my day job involves writing reports (technical and perception oriented) about motorcycles and related products and services, I realised increasingly that there was a lot more I wanted to write about in that area. Stuff that I had limited or no outlets for. Stuff that I found fascinating, but not many others in the professional area would have the time for. Once I started, of course, I realised that the web log is extremely interesting in its informal nature and the breadth of scope that I could choose to explore. There were no limits.
The blog is now almost 18 months or so old now, nearing 650 posts and just crossed the 3 million page impressions mark (from March 2007 to date; previous data has been lost in the switch from StatCounter to Google Analytics). In that time, here are few things I've noticed.
- Maximum traffic is invariably generated by/goes to the news related posts, whether they be launch news, riding impressions or that kind of material
- Any new bike launch will usually sustain a fairly gratifying level of traffic for as little as a week, to as much as a month
- There's a noticeable ebb and flow to traffic that depends on posts. If I consistently most three or more posts a day, there will be a rise in traffic. For a while. After that it reverts to its normal state. However, if I put up a bunch of posts in a spurt over two days or so, the resulting spurt in traffic takes a lot longer to die down. I haven't understood the reason behind this so far
- Traffic is always the lowest on the weekend
- Beer posts always generate a healthy comment spree, quite at odds with the kind of traffic the posts actually get
- The most commented on post is the DTS-FI images and specs post (39), followed by Milestone 500 (25) and Yamaha Alba (25) (!!)