quirky things you can learn from having a blog

Yes, this is self indulgent, but I’m doing it anyway.  Why? Because this is kind of interesting to me… and maybe I’ll take a similar look in another few years and see if any of it changes.


Well, not sure these really count as things I’ve learned from having a blog.  More like some things I can wonder about, some things I can guess at, and some things that are obvious.

  1. it appears a lot of people are still using OS X Mountain Lion.  And that a lot of people are still having problems with it’s DNS Cache.
    • suggestion:  try a system update folks.  at least get the security updates, there are recent ones available from 2015.
  2. folks from the Bahamas, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands don’t spend a lot of time reading obscure blogs.
    • I’m going to assume they’ve found better things to do.
    • If I were there, I would have joined them rather then write this.  🙂
  3. folks from Russia are not real big on Apple products.
    • not really a surprise, given Moscow’s approach to most foreign corporations.
  4. my blog consistently gets two to three times the traffic from Germany (population 80 million) than from India (population 1.2 billion).  In fact…
    • German traffic has been one of my top five country sources since starting this blog.
    • and, German traffic has been higher than almost all other “non english speaking” country sources combined.  I know Germany has very high english literacy, but the stats are still interesting.
  5. some posts about managing Apple IDs have actually seen traffic double over the same time the rest of my traffic has dropped off.
    • although aging, those posts are accounting for a very significant portion of my traffic, and the stats keep increasing.
    • in addition to views/visits, I’m getting a lot of search hits and click throughs on those posts.
    • feels like a lot of people are getting frustrated with Apple’s haphazard way of managing IDs across Apple services, stores, devices, and applications.
    • wonder how much traction I’d get if I did an updated series including descriptions/guides to how all of the wacky two-factor-authentication variations currently work.  Actually, I don’t think I could… unless I enlist some additional people.  Some (er, many) of the Apple ID Authentication scenarios vary based on hardware and iOS version, and cannot be recreated in the Xcode simulator.
  6. Big surprise ( /sarcasm ), Google really dominates search.
  7. Web Crawlers generate so much comment spam that I thought they would account for a lot of views/visits… but not so much… actually a minuscule amount of traffic.
  8. Apparently VMware and Excel spreadsheets are both quite popular.  Fortunately, VMware related traffic edged out the Excel related traffic.  LOL.
    • Unfortunately, Excel edged out serious security topics.
  9. Wow, if I’d enabled Apple App Store bounty links (kinda like Amazon referral links), I could have reaped, hmm… carry the three… I could have reaped about $0.03 in referral bounties this summer.  LOL.
  10. Cross posting (WordPress Sharing) to Twitter yields dramatically more blog views than Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+.
    • Twitter yielded more than the other three combined.
    • That one surprised me a bit; but then I’ve never really gotten into the twitter client usage.  I usually bail out and go back to information sources which use sentences and paragraphs. ( /snark )
  11. Overall, most of my posts are literally just notes on how I performed some specific technical task.  Occasionally I take notes (which don’t contain any customer proprietary information) and post them in case I might need to refer back to that sequence again six or eighteen months later.
    • those HowTo / InstallConfig notes account for more than 95% of my views and visits.
    • I’ll pretend everyone found those notes really helpful.
  12. A couple of my posts with the best traffic were closer to being long form articles.  Despite being very heavy in dry technical topics, the traffic and comments were quite positive.
  13. Fortunately, on my blog at least, a mention of laser beams beat out a mention of YouTube.  There is hope for humanity after all.  LOL.

Well, that was interesting review.  I’ve accumulated hundreds of notes on various design, development, testing,  installation, configuration, and maintenance issues.  It appears that it would be worthwhile to sort thru and find a few dozen relevant items for posting.  queue things to do on the eleventh snow day.

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