Blog Stats

This is my 100th post, and my last for the year.  I figured it would be fun to share some statistics about the blog and what better way to do that than with MicroStrategy Cloud Personal.  I use Google Blogger as the backend software for my blog, and it keeps some pretty high level statistics for me.  In mid-October, they offered integration with Google Analytics that gives me much more details.  I took some Google Analytics data from the Month of November and created a Dashboard that you can view here.



At the time of this writing, I’ve had 59,225 page views since the Blog launched on March 4th, 2011 (and those do not count any by me, which Blogger allows me to exclude).  Since launch, every month has exceeded the page views of the previous month:

You may notice the spike that occurs between July (5,753) and August (7,867).  When I originally started the blog, I had a ton of ideas and content and posted every weekday (I had 21 posts in the month of April).  In May I couldn’t keep up that pace, and fell back to Monday, Wednesday, Friday posts (this schedule was stated at the top of the blog).  On August 2nd, I posted that I couldn’t keep to this schedule any longer, and would only post when something was worth posting.  I believe two things happened.  First, I had 70 posts up by this point which is probably approaching some kind of tipping point for when I’ve covered enough content to show up in almost every MicroStrategy related Google search.  But more importantly, my posts went from scheduled updates to sporadic updates.  I believe this posting style encourages regular users to check back with more frequency than at specific times.  Just my theory.

Half of my visitors are returning, and half our new (ie, one time Google Searchers or habitual cookie cleaners):

Last 30 days

These stats are from Google Analytics.  A Visitor is unique, a Visit is a single session to the site, a Page View (mostly quoted elsewhere from Blogger) is every individual hit.

November 2011
Search is king.  Referral Traffic is pretty much all Twitter activity, which I started using in September.

My top 5 visited posts of all time:

This one isn’t even close.  From looking at other MicroStrategy Blogs on the internet, I knew they all did a lot of posts on Interview Questions (mostly just long lists of certification exam style questions).  I figure this is the most popular Google search term, and I wanted to offer my own opinions and style for interviewing MicroStrategy Developers.  It was one of the first posts I did and has been one of the most popular posts every single day/week/month.  I also do a lot of side Flex development with MicroStrategy, and there aren’t very many resources available.  Aside from the SDK (and maybe sometimes even including), I feel like I provide some of the best resources for getting started developing your own widgets, so I’m proud that those posts are popular.  Intelligent Cubes and the Google Map Widget are both fan favorites, and Left Joins are the mythical unicorn of MicroStrategy.  I can only imagine how many bets people won by linking that article to those who said it couldn’t be done. 😉

To probably nobody’s surprise (based on MicroStrategy’s customer distribution), my geographical breakdown:

I’m huge in Karnataka, India.  I can’t even walk the streets there 😉

My breakdowns for Web Browsers and Operating Systems pretty much mirror global statistics:

Thanks!
Thanks to everyone for their support.  There have been 259 comments on the blog so far, which is far more response that I expected.  This has been a fun side project that I’ve wanted to do for many years and just never could get off the ground.  I finally just sat down this year and started typing, and it finally gained momentum.  As shown by the decline in post frequency over the year, there’s definitely a finite amount of relevant information.  That trend will more than likely continue, with spikes around new releases.  Some of my goals for posts next year include Flex Mobile MicroStrategy integration without the Visualization Framework (very, very close there), Interview Tests for Architects and Admins (started writing this already), Getting Started with DHTML Widgets (this has turned out to be very difficult, still trying to figure it out!) and of course feature round ups of future releases and what I hope to be a lot of content coming out of MicroStrategy World 2012.

See you in Miami!

-Bryan

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