2011 Year in Review – Posting and Toasting

This is the last of my multi-post review of 2011. The 1st part of the review included details about how I did against exercise goals I set at the beginning of the year. The last part of the review, which will be posted tomorrow, will include some details on how the blog did during 2011.

During previous years I blogged about fantasy football, but didn’t have another subject I would discuss consistently. That changed during 2011 as I began posting about airports, airlines, hotels, and car rental companies during my travels. Most of my travel was for business purposes, but I was able to mix in some personal travel posts here and there. Overall it was a successful year for the blog and I look forward to more good years ahead. Here are some numbers to chew on

  • 17 – Most searched term that resulted in a google link to the blog. The search term: thessaloniki beaches.
  • 48 – Total page views during 2011 for the most popular post, Apples (Mac) vs. Oranges (PC), which was originally posted to the blog in June 2005. This does not include the home and about me pages.
  • 137 – Number of blog posts this year, the most for any given year since inception (2005)
  • 392 – Number of page views during the month of November, the most monthly page views of any month during the 4full years stats have been tracked.
  • 3,083 – Total page views at Poulios.com, which is highest total views for the year in the 4 full years stats have been tracked.

Milestone @ Poulios.com

This was lost in the shuffle earlier this month. Sometime between September 2 – 3 Poulios.com reached 10,000 page hits since I started recording stats during December 2007. I mostly do this stuff because I like it, but it’s nice to know there are a few of you that make an attempt to visit a few times a week, especially Joker36 and my mom. Thanks!

5 Years of Poulios.com

It was 5 years ago today that poulios.com went live.  Blog stats were installed on the blog in December, 2007.  Here are some stats for your reading pleasure:

  • I’ve posted 306 blog posts since November 2, 2005, some of them long, some of them short, most of the irrelevant variety.
  • There were 397 comments posted to the blog since November 2, 2005.
  • There were 7,829 page views by people other than myself.
  • There were 90 page views on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, the businest day for the blog. This was in large part due to a new way of posting photo galleries on the blog, which counts each photo click as a single page view… the way it should be. The previous way of posting photo galleries only counted the first time the Photos page was clicked. Prior to October 26, there were 76 page views on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, which is now the 2nd busiest day for the blog.
  • There were 370 page views during February, 2009, the busiest month for the blog.
  • There were 2,831 page views during 2008, the busiest year for the blog.
  • With 50 page views, Chase Bank and Unemployment is the most viewed post. This does not include the generic pages of Home, About Me, Photos, NY Sports (news links), and Contact.

And I still have no idea what I’m doing!

The plan is to start making some changes to the blog during the next few months. I’m going to change all the photo galleries to use the new format, which happens to be the built-in WordPress functionality implemented with the latest version of WordPress. I’m going to make some changes to the page links at the top to show “Quick Hits” (Twitter) and “Checkin’ in” (FourSquare). And maybe I’ll even implement a new theme to the blog, we’ll see. Any ideas to improve the blog are welcome. The only thing a can’t promise are more blog posts, not unless you want to pay me to do this for a living.🙂

WordPress 2.7

WordPress Version 2.7, codename Coletrane, was released earlier this week and is now installed on the Poulios.com blog.  Along with a new user interface, one of the best new features is the automatic upgrade option.  This way I don’t have to worry about using an FTP tool and potentially overwriting a file by accident.  Trust me, it’s a very nervous process for me.  For you, the reader, the upgrade shouldn’t cause a noticeable difference.  Anyway, enjoy!

WordPress v2.6

WordPress v2.6 was released early Tuesday and, as of this morning, Poulios.com is running the new release.  The upgrade was somewhat painless.  The only glitch was logging in after the upgrade.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one with this problem.  The WordPress.org Forums provided a quick answer to my dilemma, which was to clear the browser cookies before logging in.  Go here for information regarding new features and changes.  I’m hoping my 3+🙂 readers will notify me if they incur any error messages while viewing the site.