My top blogposts of 2022 πŸ”

based on the time you folks spent on them (according to my publicly available SimpleAnalytics.com/wa.rner.me):

  1. Beware Catphishing I coined a new phrase to describe modern deep/emotive scams (tech)

  2. Crypto Gratia Crypt I swore to carbon-offset any crypto trades, to this date only for a Handshake domain purchase (tech)

  3. M.b photo challenge hope to get more friends&fam here (arts)

  4. who to follow on M.b the best online community (πŸ”)

  5. how-to insert analytics with Cloudflare so you can write a post like this next year! (tech)

  6. Lib Dems should run better elections if we wanna be the electoral-reform party (πŸ”)

  7. Vimeo view counts not private, one reason I’m downgrading to Plus (arts micro, but they’re tryna be tech for errbody now)

  8. ALL FM interview audio I wanna post less words and more sound if I can figure out how to filter Hugo podcast feed to only do some (arts)

  9. stupid support support will be the primary competition axis amongst converging consumer tech (tech micro)

  10. Proton support they reposted on Twitter (tech micro)

They all had over a quarter-hour as y’all active tab, with the top 2 clearing an hour.
Which is much less than previously overestimated. It barely clears my usual principle of worthwhile free content creation: consumption time > creation time
Though it’s worth noting that this excludes consumption time on external sites like M.b, Twitter, and irl discussions posts promote.
So I think it is worth me continuing to blog for ‘another year’..


Most Overlooked

Useful articles which didn’t get reach first time round and why they deserve a look:

  1. critTLDs truly ‘unstoppable’ domains (tech)

  2. my intro to websites course is doing what mainstream secondary education won’t, helping teenagers actually own a website not just get owned by Big (Tech)

  3. getting into blogging probably doesn’t mean actually starting a blog (arts)

  4. play my viral-music pub-quiz was fun hosting one after filming a couple on TV (arts)

  5. how-to resync recording speeds in iMovie. I’m avoiding Final Cut and it’s bloated projects where I can, if only iMovie iOS would allow portrait export already! (tech)

  6. normalising Covid comms sparked some thoughtful discussion. Perhaps if public-health communicators made more effort to simplify language, we wouldn’t have the other side dressing themselves in medical terminology like the: (πŸ”)

  7. antivax MP I only speak on divisive issues like this when I have a unique personal perspective (in this case child survivor of pulled-drug). And unlike Bridgen, I’m not looking to blast it on socials, hence why it’s tagged (πŸ”) so it doesn’t cross-post outside blog

  8. (search πŸŽ™ for ) all my podcast listen-notes. I’m considering doing audio notes and actually publishing them to podcast networks, a bit like a scrappy informal review show. Unless someone comes up with a network for logging time-stamped podcast listen-notes.. (πŸ”)

  9. Google is logging your video uploads even if not on YouTube. The fact that this seemed to surprise no one is probably why democratic tech regulation is soo slloooowwww, not enough societal outrage yet. I would be excited about Google’s competition from ChatGPT if it wasn’t an Elon-founded private co, and that if we let AI disrespect individuals data-ownership to the same extent, it might be game over for society. Democratic govts need to start recognising the internet as the greatest public-good of all time and actually invest in a humane version of it. But anyways I’ll end on a more light-hearted note than (tech)

  10. an American officer made me swear my name was McLovin because I was carrying his organ donor card from Superbad (arts)


Overall Website

For the first time, I made less posts than previous year according to my stats page. So visitor numbers here have reached a sort of stable level:

Most referral Traffic to articles comes equally from the 3 main sources I set out:
- Google: own your website
- Twitter: cross-post
- M.b: community

Then some sharing: by myself on forums and fam on the bookie

I’m happy to see Brits clearing Americans, and desktop clearing mobile.

Most direct & internal traffic is to the main 4 pages: home, tech articles feed, arts articles feed and about-page which each enjoyed about 5h of eyeballs.

Since getting everything on Simple Analytics, I’ve confirmed the GoDaddy Websites tool that CeruleanSounds.com does a slightly lower 100 monthly visitors.
My SimpleAnalytics now has rolling average of 549 page views.

I look forward to seeing traffic stable here, and hopefully growing on my new LaurenceWarner.com music site.

Thank you for your support, and for visiting my websites!



Appendix

Calculation

total time on page: average page duration x page views

from logs exported from https://SimpleAnalytics.com/wa.rner.me at the end of November

Earlier articles

From the 2021 list, which are still popular:

  • Micro.Camp talk, for Twitter offramp

  • Superhuman the original Medium also still gets loads of traffic (& earnt me a fiver for a signup)

  • Carrd, cos individuals sick of wasting hundreds per year on fully-featured website builders

why Plausible is inferior to SimpleAnalytics

Compare this year-graph to the Simple one above:

It overestimates 2 things:

1). Page Views, by 10%, failing to exclude my visits (from iPhone and Firefox Mac. Still waiting on iPad app)

2). Time on Page, doubles by including your inactive tabs, which is precisely what to avoid measuring engagement!

Since figuring out how to easily add SimpleAnalytics script, I definitely now recommend it as premiere tracking product (if you can afford it, before sure to use my referral link to get a free month).

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