Friday, July 24, 2015

The First Decade, in Statistics

We were vacationing on Vancouver Island when Confessions of a Train Geek turned 10. I totally missed it. I guess that's good, focusing on vacation instead of on my blog...

My first post was on July 9, 2005. As my wife just pointed out, we were on vacation then, too, returning from visiting Quebec and Montreal. I guess I made my first post in a hotel room in Edmundston, NB!

I celebrated post #2500 just two months ago and reminisced then, so it seems redundant to go over it again. Instead, I'll provide statistics! Whee!

I only have statistics from May 2010 to now in Blogger, so my statistics are really only for the last 5 years.

In the last 5 years, this blog had 851,460 page views. I'd like to double that to account for lifetime page views but I'm sure it was less than that in the first 5!

My most popular post by far is January 2015's Instagram for Railfans, with a distant second being a post about Thomas the Tank Engine coming to Canada in 2013.

Google and my own Traingeek.ca account for the majority of referrals, with Eric Gagnon's Trackside Treasure providing the top blog referrals. Google eclipses Bing and Yahoo! in referrals by more than 10 to 1! Let's not talk about AltaVista...

Several variants of "train" and "geek" are the top search terms, with "via derailment", "grain elevator", "winnipeg" and "CN train" rounding out the top 10.

Canada is obviously the top traffic source, but the US is not far behind; France, China and Germany fill out the top 5 countries visiting this blog. I honestly would have expected the UK to rank higher but it's #6 on the list.

Internet Explorer is the top browser, followed by Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. Mobile and search browsers follow. Recent stats show that IE has fallen way behind so I think the Internet Explorer hits were from a few years ago before the rise of Chrome.

This one is not a surprise - most visitors use Windows, with Mac users a distant second. However, if you look at the last month, mobile devices are used by a pretty significant percentage of my readers.

I have 1817 comments on my blog. The oldest is a comment on this post. Who knows - maybe Chris McMahon was my first reader! ;)

For those of you who read to the end, I salute you! Thanks for reading, as always.

12 comments:

Lorne Gardiner said...

Happy 10th anniversary. Looking forward to the next ten years!

The Busman said...

I'd like to know how you are going to "top", your grain elevator series.

I've enjoyed your blog immensely.
Keep at 'er Steve.

Glen

Steve Boyko said...

Thank you, Lorne!

Steve Boyko said...

I'm not sure, Glen - I still have a few more elevators to get! ;)

Thanks for your comment and for reading!

One Man Committee said...

Congratulations! Not many bloggers have that kind of staying power!

DaveM said...

Hi Steve,

Are you using google analytics to generate these stats?

DaveM

Steve Boyko said...

Thanks, OMC!

Steve Boyko said...

DaveM, no I am using Blogger's statistics. I do have Google Analytics data but it doesn't go back as far as Blogger's does. The GA data is much more detailed, though.

David Andrew said...

Congrats on 10 years, Steve! That is pretty impressive.

grant in Victoria said...

This is the most enjoyable blog that I read, and I have been following it for many years. On one of my almost annual trips on the Canadian, I did spot Steve taking a few photos from the Park car of #1 after leaving Winnipeg. Thank you Steve for a very interesting read. Grant out in Victoia

Steve Boyko said...

Thanks David! I'm enjoying your new blog :)

Steve Boyko said...

Thanks, grant! Nice to be spotted.. I don't shoot the Canadian as much any more but I try to get it now and then.