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2013 in review

One of the features of WordPress that I like, is at the end of every year it sends me a summary of what my blog has been doing over the past 12 months, and yet again I have found that my most viewed and commented posts on my blog are from previous years (in fact there are none from this year, and all of the top five most visited posts, are what I would call ‘How do I….’ type posts, rather than the thought provoking posts that my blog also contains.

My top 5 most visited posts were:

  1. How to automatically pull data between different Google Spreadsheets – November 2011
  2. Quickly creating a Google Map from a Spreadsheet of data – September 2009
  3. How to re-enable a microphone in Windows 7 – January 2012
  4. How to ‘Chop’ a YouTube video and embed it into PowerPoint – April 2011
  5. Using Countdown Timers in PowerPoint – September 2010

My aim at the start of last year was to try to blog about once a week – I again failed in that quest, managing just 24 posts (including this one) so roughly 1 post every other week. I have always wanted to ensure that my blog is about quality not quantity, and part of my problem is that some of the clients that I work for do not want me to publicise or advertise what I am doing (fear of me giving away their advantage – personally I don’t think me blogging about what I am doing would do this, but I have to respect the wishes of the people that pay me).

One thing that does please me is the number of people that subscribe to my blog – this is currently over 1000. I know some of these may be bots not people, but I believe that over half are real people – and these get an email from me every time that I post.

will continue to blog next year, I would like to post a few more items but I say that every year….

Click here to see the complete report.

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My most viewed posts in 2012

As we move into a new year, I take the chance to reflect on my previous year, and find it interesting to receive the annual report from wordpress regarding the activity on my blog. What is most interesting is which posts attract the most attention – with my top 5 posts last year being:

  1. Quickly creating a Google Map from a Spreadsheet of data (2009)
  2. How to ‘Chop’ a YouTube video and embed it into PowerPoint (2011)
  3. How to re-enable a microphone in Windows 7 (2012)
  4. Choosing different pins when creating Google Maps (2010)
  5. How to automatically pull data between different Google Spreadsheets (2011)

What is really interesting is how only 1 of the top five posts were actually written in 2012, and my top read post (again) is one dating back to 2009.

All of the above posts are ‘instruction’ based posts showing or explaining how to do something, rather than many of my posts which are about my opinions or observations on certain topics such as the flipped classroom, or terminology that is used. I don’t blog very often, as my current work (and family life) makes this difficult – but hope that my posts are high quality and useful to make up for the relatively low frequency of posting. I hope this year coming to be able to blog more often, but want to maintain the quality element of my posts.