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What are your blogging stats?

Davide de Paolis
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I am getting close to one year of blogging and I have mixed feelings about it.

Is it worth the time? Is it going well or is it a failure?

I had some exciting times when some posts received 10K+ views, but sometimes it was a bit frustrating seeing that a post that took me 3-4 hours to write then was read by less than 100 views.

So now I am really curious about your stats.

How many followers do you have?
How long do you take to write a post in avarage?
How many views and reactions do you have in total?
What was the post that was best acclaimed?
Which one was the the post that you think deserved more views?

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Discussion (18)

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Ryan • Edited

I've been blogging on ohryan.ca for nearly 15 years and other platforms before that. My blog predates twitter so many of my early posts are very short, essentially things I would tweet these days.

For past few year, I've been spending more time writing longer blog posts. I don't pay a lot of attention to stats. I write blog posts because I enjoy the process of writing them. My audience is a handful of friend who I spam with my posts everytime I put one up :D

  1. 2000 - 3000 unique visitors per month according to google analytics on the blog. 413 on dev.to.
  2. 2 - 3 hours, +/- research.
  3. 1682 views, 93 reactions
  4. on dev.to: This post on SQRL. On my blog: As an SEO experiement, (I wrote this post in 2008 about a how terrible Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is)[ohryan.ca/2008/08/27/5-reasons-tim...]. It has been highly successful and still gets a few new comments almost every week.
  5. All of them!

As an aside, I'd like to encourage everyone to post on a platform you own. dev.to might not be around forever. Or it might not be free forever. My blogging history spans a graveyard of dead (or mostly dead) platforms. If you're a developer, fire up a WordPress blog and cross-post content here. It's important to own your on shit!

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Davide de Paolis Author

true. In 20 years I had around 4-5 different blogs on different platforms.. and for the older posts, I must have just some .txt file saved somewhere in an old drive... :-)
I should really have a look at the dev.to API and back up everything - at least on my Github and then think about crossposting.

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Aidas Bendoraitis • Edited

How many followers do you have?

1628

How long do you take to write a post on average?

Up to 6 hours including coding experimentations.

How many views and reactions do you have in total?

40,583 views | 760 reactions

What was the post that was best acclaimed?

Things I want to remember about SSH

Which one was the the post that you think deserved more views?

Improving Page Speed with Incremental Loading

Final thoughts

The growth of the views and followers is very organic and I am not trying to push it, except with the blog post series Equivalents in Python and JavaScript. The topic I am writing about (#django) is not so popular on dev.to and for me the most important is to document something that I can later use by myself in the future. If it also helps others, that's some bonus points.

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Davide de Paolis Author

the most important is to document something that I can later use by myself in the future. If it also helps others, that's some bonus points.
Exactly

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AlbertoM

Here on Dev.to I posted my first article in September and currently i'm sitting at:

  • 8k followers
  • 48k views
  • 1.2k reactions
  • 16 posts

Overall i'm very happy with the stats and very satisfied.
I usually spend between a couple of hours to a week to write a post, it all depends if it's an article or a tutorial.
Once i'm done i usually post it on my blog and after a couple of days here.

The article that took me longer was my Pomodoro tutorial and the most popular was 5 best free note taking apps, understandably so, as it cover a much broader audience compared to a JavaScript tutorial.

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Davide de Paolis Author

wow. so many followers and views in such a short time. congratulations!

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Sandor Dargo

I think it's worth writing, not for the likes and views, but for the learning process itself. Still stats are interesting. If you know what people liked, most probably you know where you performed well. Though in some cases there can be other factors.

Anyway, if you'd like to have more stats, please try DEV.to Analytics. I wrote a bit more about it here.

How many followers do you have?

7488

How long do you take to write a post on average?

For technical articles, it can be 3-4 hours. For non-technicals, it's about half.

How many views and reactions do you have in total?

115,880 views | 2606 reactions

What was the post that was best acclaimed?

Which one was the the post that you think deserved more views?

Basically any or my articles, from the C++ STL Algorithms Tutorial series, like this one.

My technical articles are mostly about C++ which is not the in the mainstream in this community, hence those receive relatively few views. But despite, I love to be here.

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Davide de Paolis Author

absolutely. I always wrote somehow somewhere, be it blog platforms, or paper "diaries" or simple notes in google drive. To note down my thoughts, feelings, ideas, and especially for technical stuff to remember things or track down the learning path.

It was just curiosity - and finding even more reason to write more , well written, technical articles: because if I write something just for myself it can be just a code snippet and a couple of links, if i want to talk about something, i need to somehow explain it better and double check - investigate the topic way more.

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Davide de Paolis Author

i will definetely try out your Dev.to Analytics!!
and as you wrote in your post :

Are these numbers important after all? They can be in different ways

yes, for motivation and for improving,
not to lead me into driven writing.

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)

I have almost 3k followers and it still shocks me lol
It depends the post. The most technical I wrote took me about an hour, but my regular ones take me 30 minutes or so.
I have 11k something views in total and 600 something reactions.
My most popular post was a little summarize of concepts of modern JavaScript and since it was the one which I out most work on, it is deserving.

Now, I think that blogging is worth independent of status but depending of why you blog.
I blog to record my journey, so have notes of what I learn and I code to represent women in tech.
Anything else that I get is a bonus.

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Nipuna Weerasekara

Actually I really don't like to write, but of course I read a lot. (Occupational hazard πŸ˜‚) If I write a blog post, I don't really count on the stats. If it is seen only by one person, that's enough... Most of the time I write just to share what I have found by combing through documentations. The sheer happiness of sharing is just enough. (IMHO)

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Davide de Paolis Author

absolutely agree on that.

over the years I have always felt the urge to be writing/blogging.
I never wrote something with the purpose of having an audience nor to make myself visible.

Still seeing that a post has traction, that you receive views/likes/retweets or whatever we want to call it, triggers something deep and the next time you write something you tend to seek for the same gratification. And if you spent lots of time in a post and then nobody reacts to it, then it is a bit frustrating. At least this is what happens to me.

But with this #discuss post I just want to be lightly discussing about numbers and motivation. not bragging neither having more reasons to be frustrated.. :-)

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Davide de Paolis Author • Edited

These are mine:

How many followers do you have? 9801
How long do you take to write a post in avarage? 2-3 hours
How many views and reactions do you have in total? 120,327 views | 1700 reactions
What was the post that was best acclaimed? What makes a 10X Developer?
Which one was the the post that you think deserved more views? Keep your ego away from coding

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Itachi Uchiha

These are mine

https://thepracticaldev.s3.amazonaws.com/i/c9rsuyr0jlzdj183wnf8.PNG

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Martin Riedel

I have no idea about my stats, because neither do i track nor do i care too much.