Day 1: 31 Days to a Brand New Blog

I’m excited to start this challenge (thanks to Rosetta Thurman for the generous program!)!  I started this blog some time ago, with the idea that I would try to see if I could hone my writing skills, find my voice and try to think through some ideas around my work, in more depth than I do on twitter!

So far, not much has come of it, other than a large archive of my Twitter activity, Google Reader shares and sites I’ve bookmarked on Diigo.

Lately, after the G20 debacle in Toronto (where I live), I started to blog on a posterous account, which I linked to this account.  I’ll probably just shut that one down eventually and focus here, but it kickstarted a process of trying to do more than just tweet.

Unsurprisingly, this site doesn’t have much traffic and the most traffic it’s had over the past month has been on the larger posts I’ve done, not on the archive of my “lifestream.”  I’m planning on taking the stream out of my main blog and posting it in a separate blog, so it doesn’t clutter things here.  I’ll do that during this month.

So, I’m looking forward to the discipline of my daily homework and to see if I can’t cultivate a space for reflection and some deeper thoughts from time to time!

A quick summary of stats for July 1, 2010 to July 31, 2010:

1. Number of visits

137

2. Number of pageviews

197

3. Bounce rate (shows the percentage of people who leave your site almost immediately)

78.83%

4. Average time on site

00:01:02

5. Traffic sources (shows which sites are sending you the most traffic)

  • direct 48.91%
  • posterous.com 16.06%
  • twitter.com 13.87%
  • google (organic) 9.49%
  • facebook.com 8.03%

6. Keywords (found in the traffic sources section – shows which terms are people using to get to your blog)

  • “what’s next for philanthropy”
  • “scary cop lady” poster
  • actively passive
  • canada right to peaceful protest
  • females protest videos

7. Most popular posts (found in the content overview section)

  • Homepage
  • G20 video mashup of Harper
  • G20 video and protest summary
  • Newcomers use of social media
  • G20 Tiny bubbles
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marco

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

One Response to “Day 1: 31 Days to a Brand New Blog”

  1. commutiny says:

    Starting a blog like this is like cracking a tooth…

    Thanks for commenting. I’ve added a Trackback to it on my blog :)…

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