I have been listening to a lot of podcasts about how I can make this a better blog. I listen to them on my way to and from work, which is actually a great time to listen to podcasts. I have at least 45 minutes each way to listen and learn. It's not like there's anything worth listening to on the radio these days anyway.
The podcasts I'm particularly interested in right now don't even have to do with photography. One is at www.problogger.net (which ironically is run by Darren Rowse, whose other blog is Digital Photography School), while the other is run by Pat Flynn at www.smartpassiveincome.com. I think if you are interested at all about writing a better blog, monetizing your blog, or trying to make a little extra cash on the side, you should check these guys out. Their podcasts are great.
Both of the men who run these podcasts started off by blogging, and both feel it is very important to be very transparent with your audience. Pat at SPI even goes so far as to have his monthly income reports as pages on the website. While I am definitely not there yet, I do feel that it is important to track and measure my progress, so I can achieve my goals. One way I can do this is to measure my readership. I've had Google Analytics set up since I started this thing, but I've never really paid attention to it. I think along with my monthly goal posts I mentioned yesterday, I should also do a post that shows and tracks my monthly readership to see how much the blog is growing. I think it's best if this metrics post is something quick, and it probably shouldn't be something that gets in the way of regular content from now on. I'm going to put them in a new archive section that I am trying to build as soon as I can figure that part out.
So, without further ado, here are October's Metrics (01 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015). I promise I'll try to clean this up next time, but all information is taken from Google Analytics.
One thing I noticed, is that most of these readers bounced immediately and didn't spend any time at all reading, which I expect as I get going. After all, you need to have interesting things to say if you want people to stick around and come back. Something else to note is that of the 27 Colorado readers, only four of them are new, which means a lot of the other visits are probably being registered as me. If anyone knows how to not show up in your own analytics reports, please leave me a comment and let me know. I really appreciate it.
That's all for today. I promise these not very photographic posts will end soon. I am doing them to help me build momentum as I brainstorm ideas on what to write about. I also am hoping that they will help me to establish a kind of style or identity. I'm just a regular guy who wants to share his photographic experiences with you, and try to convince you that photography is what you make of it. It can be just a hobby, but it can also be a heck of a lot more. I want to share those experiences.