Well, it’s been one year! I’m very happy about how things are going, even if I didn’t meet any of my goals! (See below for how I did in 2009.)
This post was motivated by the article “What Are Your Internet Goals for 2009?”, by Daniel Scocco.
Since I am new to blogging (I just started this blog a month ago), my internet goals for 2009 are my goals for Exploring Binary specifically. I’d like to get this blog off the ground before I try anything else!
I’ve been maintaining a long list of things I want to accomplish with this blog, but I whittled it down to the most important goals — all challenging but realistically attainable:
- Write 64 articles.
My articles are technical and generally require a lot of research, and I want them to be accurate so that they will be a resource to search traffic for years to come. My current rate is about one article every 10 days. I’d like to publish one full-length article per week in 2009, plus some shorter articles that take less work.
I wrote 36 articles in 2009. It just takes me a long time to write a good article, and I’m comfortable with that.
- Average 512 unique visitors per day.
This is based on some keyword research, relative to the articles I plan to write. I expect the majority of visitors to be from search engines.
I fell way short of this goal. My average is about 50 visitors and 100 page views per day. I really had no idea what to expect, but I am happy that the numbers keep (slowly) rising. One “problem” is that I’m writing about what I find interesting, not necessarily what the masses want to read.
- Average 256 RSS subscribers.
I’m hoping some of my visitors are interested enough to subscribe, but from what I’ve read, only a small percentage of people use RSS.
I fell way short on this one too. The subscriber count fluctuates daily, but it’s around 60. In fairness, I’ve done very little to promote this blog.
- Rank #1 in Google for “binary numbers”.
This one could be tough. I have to beat the current number one, Wikipedia, which has a page rank of six.
I didn’t even try. I chose to write about topics that are not well covered, or covered poorly. That said, I now know that there’s no way I could have beaten a PR6 article within a year’s time!
- Average 1 comment per day.
Feedback is probably what I want most: to correct me, to teach me, and to guide what I publish. I would hope some feedback would follow if I meet the above goals. I am kind of in the dark on this estimate though. I’ve read that a tiny fraction of visitors make comments, and that seems to be the case on blogs I read.
If the passive approach to getting comments doesn’t work, I may have to solicit them. Polls? Contests? Q&A? I’ll have to see.
Factoring out trackbacks and my own comments, I got 33 (you do the math). But I got a comment from Rasmus Lerdorf, so maybe that counts for 332? 🙂 The bottom line seems to be this: I need the traffic to achieve this rate.
- Go social on 1 post.
I don’t expect my content to be Dugg, but if ever there were a chance, it would be the article I plan to write about the powers of two and their relationship to the NCAA basketball tournament (
Of course I plan to publish that in MarchUpdate: published 3/11/09).
It wasn’t the NCAA article, but I wrote one that did go social — on reddit: “Print Precision of Dyadic Fractions Varies by Language”. It got about 700 views within a half day.
- Make $128 from advertising and commissions.
I don’t expect to make much money, especially with a tech-savvy audience. That said, I’m looking forward to hanging my first Google Adsense check on my wall (like a pizzeria hangs their first dollar bill).
I made less than $5. I removed ads from my site halfway through the year though — it was clear they weren’t making me money, and so why cheapen my site — but maybe I would have hit $12? 🙂
(I didn’t set out to make the numbers gimmicky, but if you’re going to estimate, why not with powers of two? At least I didn’t add an eighth goal just to have 8 goals.)
I’ll let you know how I did this time next year!