The second birthday of this blog passed unnoticed, especially by me, about two weeks back. I was jetlagged at the time, so confusion about dates was to be expected.
Things have been a little quiet here as I've moved through a series of location changes while focusing my spare time on the book. But I'm encouraged by the stats.
At the end of the first year, a year ago, I had written 242 posts, logged 3666 acceptable comments, and about 2000 pageviews per weekday. Today, those numbers are 585 posts, 9807 acceptable comments, and still in the range of 2000-3000 pageviews per weekday, spiking unpredictably now and then but also crashing predictably every weekend. So while readership is rather stable, engagement with the material (at least as measured by comments) is accelerating.
The two posts that have gathered the most attention, in links and other citations, are:
- Streetcars: an Inconvenient Truth. This July 2009 post said something very narrow and factual about the North American streetcar revival movement.
- Is Speed Obsolete? The beginning of my debate with Prof. Patrick Condon about the merits of slower vs faster transit services. Now that he and I are in the same city, we may get to do more of this in person …
Both of these are the opening of long conversations that extend through several linked posts. Both also feature rich and interesting comment strings.
I'm relieved to say that my book (out this northern fall) will steer firmly away from all the technology wars, though the question of transit's ideal speed, for both efficiency and urban form, does figure prominently. The nucleus of some chapters is already here in my Basics series of posts.
Per Google Analytics, the total traffic for the last year was:
116,143 unique visitors
And everyone loves lists of cities, so the top metro areas in readership for the second year were as follows. The number is individual visits.
11983 Los Angeles
10305 San Francisco (Bay Area)
9628 New York
3434 Minneapolis-St. Paul
On a per capita basis that's a pretty spectacular result from Canberra (metro area pop. 400,000). Of course, Sydney, Canberra, and Vancouver are the three cities I've actually lived in during the past year.
The same data broken down by country, for countries with at least 1% of the total:
4,573 New Zealand
… the rest mostly smaller European countries and a thin scattering elsewhere in the world.
Thanks to everyone who's been part of this great conversation so far! This year will bring a number of changes for me, but I'll do my best to keep this going in some form. And remember, good guest posts are welcome!