Am I the Only One Who Cares? Probably
|Local Color: The Colors of Yingge: May 2, 2011|
Well, it’s time for the Pathetical Analyticals for 2011. I call it “Pathetical Analyticals” because I think it’s kind of pathetic that I have to take this blog apart and analyze every aspect of what happened in it for the year. It’s not so much that I feel a need to understand why I posted one thing or another. I posted what I posted because it was interesting to me and I figured, if it was interesting to me, it might also be interesting to some other people who don’t know that much about Taiwan. But what is pathetic is my need to break everything down into some kind of statistic: To try to gain some meaning for the blog by examining the minutiae. I wish that I was above that, but, once again I have fallen victim to my baser nature and did it anyway, so what follows is Pathetical Analyticals 2011 or by the alternate title: Am I the Only One Who Cares? Probably
What’s it all about?
First a bit about the Taiwan Adventure Blog: In the beginning it was written purely as an informational tool for my family and friends. I was leaving my home country and didn’t want to be writing separate emails all the time to dozens of people who might possibly be interested. It was intended to chronicle our life in Taiwan as well as the church we came here to build. But after a while, I separated the church website from the Taiwan Adventure. I needed a website for the church and I felt after a while I was duplicating my efforts, so I split them. The church website is at www.pottershousetaoyuan.blogspot.com. The Taiwan Adventure, became a stand alone culture, history, travel, and food blog. It has evolved into what it is, and probably there is more of the evolutionary process that will still take place.
|Taiwanese Traditions: The Planting and Growing of Rice: April 4, 2011|
I think the blog has improved this year. It has a better look for one thing and readership has increased dramatically. I have also included a weekly feature, Photo Glimpses of Taiwan, which features photos that have been used or supplement the photos in the blog. The really great part is that my posts have been picked up by We Blog the World and Go! Overseas. These two websites have enormous readership and I believe they have really helped to increase traffic to the Taiwan Adventure. In addition to these we have been featured a number of times in the feed aggregation, The Best of Taiwanderful and iTainan and a number of others.
|Eating My Way Through Taiwan: The Stink of Adventure: July 11, 2011|
The Taiwan Adventure is based in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Taoyuan is a city of about 380,000 people in Northeastern Taiwan. During the winter it’s cold and during the summer it’s hot. The other two seasons are superfluous because it’s either hot or its cold, there are only a few days in between. Taoyuan is not a beautiful place. But the people are warm and friendly and if I have to live somewhere I’m glad I live here. I can drive to a pretty place, but as I’ve always said, people are where it’s at. The Taiwan Adventure is really my look at Taiwan. Everything is examined through the filter of an expat American. I really try to understand the culture, and the things that cross my eyes, but sometimes I’m wrong because I look at through the filter of my life. I can’t escape that. So it is what it is. So far no hate mail, so I guess I’m on the right path most of the time, but who knows, there’s not a lot of love mail or comments, either.
The rest of the post will be made up of numbers and stats; some of them may even be meaningful.
Total views of the blog this year: 26,167
Average Views per month: 2365.4
The Taiwan Adventure has readers in 129 countries.
The Taiwan Adventure has readers in 129 countries.
|Taiwanese History: Sun Yat Sen: Sept. 13, 2011|
Over the course of the year the readership increased from 1,150 readers in January to 2,897 readers in December resulting in an average monthly increase in readers of 158. This is a net gain of 151% for the year. Of course there were peaks ad valleys, some months readership went down only to rebound the next month. One of the biggest affects on readership was the number of posts. An increase in the number of posts resulted in an increase in the number of readers; correspondingly a decrease in posts meant a decrease in readership. Lesson for bloggers: Consistency results in higher readership. If you post regularly readership will always increase. Inconsistent posting results in lower readership.
The RSS feed did well as well. We added the site to Feedburner in February and in 10 months there were 2,433 views on the feed with 917 clicks back to blog. That means that about 38% of the views resulted in readers being driven to the blogsite. This is the main purpose of a feed so that people will see your posts and want to go back to the original to see others.
This year I posted 42 different posts under 8 category headings. I don’t usually break them into categories in the way a wordpress blog does. Actually I categorize them through the use of a “header” in the title. I use eight headers
Traveling with M13
Eating My Way Through Taiwan
|Local Color: Taoyuan City Ghost Festival Parade: August 23, 2011|
Something new this year is the use of a header titled Local Color. The Local Color posts are photo essays of some place or topic I find visually interesting. Rather than describe them, I just take a series of photos and include them.
Most are self-explanatory. Cultural Unawareness are my mistakes at the culture that resulted in funny or embarrassing moments. I’m hoping to phase this out this year; that it will become obsolete. Traveling with M13. Mordeth13 is a friend of mine, and I have done a few things with him and his family. These posts are the result of some interaction with him. I hope to do more of these in the nest year.
Top Five Posts
1. Taiwanese History: Sun Yat Sen
Total views since September 1,059 or 353 per month.
2. Taiwanese Traditions: The Dragon Boat Festival
Total Views since June 2010 3,112 or 172 per month.
3. Traveling with M13: Custom Scooters of Taiwan
Total views since February 501 or 50 per month
4. Taiwan Travelogue: The National Palace Museum
Total views since March 437 or 49 per month
5. Taiwanese History: Double Tenth day
Total views since October 2010 468 or 33 per month.
Sun Yat Sen is considered to be the Father of Modern China. This post has been the single most popular post I have written on this blog. It will be interesting to see if it has the kind of staying power that the Dragon Boat Festival has had. The Dragon Boat Festival is still popular after 18 months.
|Taiwan Travelogue: The North Coast: September 20, 2011|
My Personal Favorite Posts
For various reasons I like the following posts the best. I think they are the best written and I’ve had the most fun talking about them with other people. They’re listed in order according to how well I liked them.
1. Eating My Way Through Taiwan: The Stink of Adventure
A very funny post on Stinky Tofu, that also appeared in Zite magazine for iPads.
2. Taiwanese Traditions: The Planting and Growing of Rice
A post on Rice Planting in Taiwan, contains my favorite picture of Taiwan ever.
3. Local Color: The Colors of Yingge
Photo essay: I think Yingge is a cool place…It’s also very colorful
4. Random Asianess: Oh Sure, Now We Decorate
Talks about decorating for Chinese new Year. It is the next post after my complaining about not decorating for Christmas.
5. Taiwanese Traditions: The Dragon Boat Festival
I’m only including this because everyone else reads it.
|Taiwanese Innovation: Magic Click Shoes: December 13, 2011|
Top Traffic Sources
Of course some people, just go straight to the blog. I know it sounds hard to believe but there are a few faithful readers. In fact, 11% of the readers on the blog have visited more than 101 times. So, I guess some people are regulars.
Google 7,764 referrals
Expat Blogs 299 referrals
Taiwan Bloggers 188 referrals
The Google referrals breakdown like this:
Google.com.ca 603 Canada
Google.co.uk 579 United Kingdom
Google.com.ph 578 Philippines
Google.com.au 292 Australia
Google.com.tw 250 Taiwan
Google.com.sg 237 Singapore
Taiwan Flag 416
Dragon Boats 182
Taiwanese Traditions 121
Mordeth 13 99
Sun Yat Sen 54
Other Places where the Taiwan Adventure can be found (or at least a link):
There are some other places but some of them are really temporary.
Finally, The Taiwan Adventure won first place in the category of General blog in the popular vote at taiwanderful.net’s 2011 Top Taiwan Blog Awards. We appreciate the support of our readers and would like to welcome new readers as a result of the competition. Thank you for your votes. We also want to congratulate the other winners. It always amazes me how many excellent English language blogs there are in Taiwan.
Here is a link so you can see the results first hand. Taiwanderful