Clearing a few short notes from my blog folder.
While this is a niche site with corresponding traffic volumes, I thought other bloggers might find the following half interesting.
I’ve been writing this blog for just shy of 4 years, and have made 620 posts. I don’t go out of my way to chase traffic for this site, but I have noticed some repeated patterns.
Averaged out I make 3 posts a week. I’d say the ideal number of posts a week for this site to maximise consistent traffic is 4, maybe 5.
I see a spike of around 50-100% in traffic for a day or so from:
. References to a post from another niche EVE blog
. Linking a new post on Twitter
I see a spike of around 100-200% in traffic for a day or so from:
. References to a post from a mainstream EVE blog
. References to a post on EN24
. Linking a new post on Twitter which someone of note favourites or retweets
. Posting a Blog Banter
I have seen a spike of around 1000% in traffic for a day or so from when someone linked to a post on reddit.
I see almost no increase in followers or average daily traffic after any spike. That has just happened over time.
The new blackbird model reminds me a lot of a flying Australian Christmas Beetle.
We used to have thousands of them arrive each year around Christmas and decimate a number of Gum trees in our front yard. You could actually hear a humming munching sound if you stood quietly under one of the trees. I would spend hours in a deck chair shooting them out of the trees with an air rifle, or out of the air with water pistols, or one of us would climb a tree and shake a limb while the rest of the kids ran around belting the beetles out of the air with tennis rackets when they became dislodged. Between the kids and the effort of our dogs, our lawns would end up covered in half consumed leaves and dismembered beetle bodies. In hindsight it was rather macabre, but I guess my parents were just glad to have their 4 kids kept amused for so long during the school holidays.
Speaking of Recons, the initial suggestion of the Recon rebalancing is now available:
I love Recons, but I am not quite sure those changes make them interesting enough.