Let us consider the ten most popular posts on this blog for the past 30 days:
- The Problem with Apple
- Home page / Archives
- Some Bitcoin Newsing Stuff
- The Failure of Urbit and Bitcoin's Future of Computing
- PGP/GPG Guide
- Beware the source or the festering of innovation, Maybe even of song of Nature's wrath, but who really knows so STFU
- A Friendly Reminder on Shorting
- Romanian Billionaire Saves OpenBSD
- Encouraging Newsing
- Getting Started with GPG
Note that one of the two posts that made the front page of Slashdot is on this list, and it comes in at 8th place.1 The top post has a cat picture and the second is the home page. Third, sixth, seventh, and ninth place are recent posts fifth and tenth place are evergreen content in that they are how to articles.2 And this is how the traffic falls.
What if anything might be gleaned from this? Well, new stories don't drive traffic very long if you weren't the one who broke the story, apparently the Google considers me the premier critic of Urbit, and if you ever post a cat picture on your blog Google image search will forever be sending people to your blog for the context it was posted in. It is also rather interesting to see what little impact on traffic the Slashdot effect has on a post over time. Well, that's enough naval3 gazing for now.
- A third made the front page of Beta only so it doesn't count. [↩]
- I am a bit concerned that the first GPG post is more popular than the following steps by quite a wide margin. The next most popular post in the series is in twenty first place. [↩]
- Not navel, because I'm looking at boats. [↩]