2014 Blog Summary

February 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

Regular readers, assuming I have any left, may have noticed activity around here has been pretty quiet the past few months.  Major work projects with deadlines in November last year sucked up all my available time outside family life. In a very short timeframe I was able to successfully integrate both a new network performance monitoring tool and an intrusion detection system into our network.  Now that those things have (mostly) settled down a bit, I have more time to continue exploring activities that interest me and the margin to blog about them.

In 2014 I began capturing basic metrics on the blog and I thought it would be fun to look back at the year to see what was hot and what was not.  In the approximately 86 blog posts I made in 2014, one post practically dominated the majority of my inbound traffic.  I’m not a paid subscriber to StatCounter, so I can’t provide you with a detailed history, but if the last 9 days are any indication, you can see just how popular my How To Rip P90X3 DVDs With Handbrake post was:



Thanks to everyone participating in the comments section on that post.  I never imagined there would be so much interest in this topic when I wrote my guide.

Anything I’ve written about Cisco continues to receive a lot of hits.  I’m sure that has more to do with the demand for information on Cisco than the usefulness of anything I’m writing regarding Cisco products.  Any posts mentioning Raspberry Pi continues to receive a modest amount of hits.  Apparently a lot of Toyota Prius water pumps are failing and my post about the DerbyCon CTF flag “TheFappening” probably has more to do with people searching for porn than reading about Capture The Flag.

Overall, I was surprised to see the amount of traffic my blog received in 2014:



My blog averaged a lot more page views than I would have thought.  I’m no SEO-monkey, but it appears a lot of people click-through to read specific content returned via Google search results — and I’m okay with that.  (I just wish they’d leave a comment on the content.)  The returning visitors are probably just family members clicking on bookmarks. 🙂

So what’s on tap for blog posts in 2015?

I won’t commit to anything specific in writing but along with more of the same I’ve got a few geeky projects I’d like to get off the ground and we’re moving.  So possibly a few posts on the intersection of technology and homesteading — whatever that looks like…

Aaron Melton


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