2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

WordPress emailed me a very nice summary of my blog stats for 2012. Actually, they emailed me twice because at the start of 2012 I self-hosted then I moved to WordPress when I realised that would be much cheaper and take a lot less effort. The only downside being that I had to give up Google Analytics. Below is a bit of a summary, I’ve tried to combine the numbers from both sides of the fence to give a more accurate picture:

 

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 103,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 24 Film Festivals.In 2012, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 492 posts.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

  1. Custom error pages and error handling in ASP.NET MVC 3  May 2011
  2. Running Queries on Excel Spreadsheets using SQL Server 2008  August 2011
  3. Entity Framework: Unable to load the specified metadata resource.  July 2011
  4. Getting just the columns you want from Entity Framework, July 2011
  5. Kendo UI: Paging and accessing the filtered results in javaScript  July 2012

The top referring sites were:

  1. stackoverflow.com
  2. codeproject.com
  3. twitter.com
  4. social.msdn.microsoft.com
  5. blogs.teamb.com

Visitors came from 173 countries in all! Most visitors came from The United States. The United Kingdom & India were not far behind.

 

A bit of Google Analytics on my Blog

In the summer of 2007 I added Google Analytics to my blog. Here is some trivia I’ve learned since then

Browser and Operating System stats

Operating System All time Last Month
Windows (All) 95.23% 92.98%
Windows (XP) 52.94% 36.07%
Windows (Vista) 24.01% 9.40%
Windows (7) 17.04% 45.70%
Macintosh (All) 2.51% 3.59%
Linux (All) 1.31% 1.26%
iPhone (All) 0.35% 0.85%
Browser All time Last Month
IE (All) 49.50% 40.87%
IE (7.0) 22.79% 7.44%
IE (8.0) 17.13% 26.01%
IE (6.0) 9.27% 2.33%
IE (9.0) 0.31% 3.83%
Firefox (All) 34.17% 30.01%
Chrome (All) 11.35% 22.86%
Safari (All) 2.08% 3.67%
Opera (All) 2.06% 1.94%

 

Last month’s top 10 posts

Position Originally
posted
% Post
1 July/2008 12.18 SQL Server Memory Usage
2 June/2009 8.72 Dynamic Objects in C# 4.0
3 Aug/2008 6.37 Installing SQL Server 2005 on Vista
4 July/2009 5.99 Geeky Your Mom Jokes
5 Aug/2008 4.74 SQL Server / Visual Studio Install Order
6 Aug/2007 4.49 Chocolate Crunch Cake
7 June/2007 3.79 Internal Error 2755 caused by folder encryption
8 June/2007 3.70 SQL Exception because of a timeout
9 Oct/2009 3.43 Visual Studio / SQL Server install order on Windows 7
10 Oct/2008 3.09 Method hiding or overriding – or the difference between new and virtual

 

What is most curious is that 8 of the top ten are in summer months.

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