I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about how things are going here at Daly History. It’s almost three years since I began, and how things have snowballed has far exceeded my expectations.
With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about how I move forwards with it all. The site remains, essentially, the same design wise as it did when I launched in July 2009, a few additions and modifications aside. I’ve been wondering if it’s time to think about a bit of an overhaul. When I started I was just a bloke interested in history who blogged in his spare time. Now, three years later, I’m a published historian.
One option to is to go down the self-hosted route, and actually host the site myself rather than using wordpress. The problem is, wordpress.com does not allow you to place adverts on your blog, whereas if you download the software and host it yourself, you can sell advertising. How would you feel about seeing adverts? It would only be a few, smallish and relevant adverts, from things that I think you my readers would be interested in. The idea is that it would help pay for the hosting costs.
In a more general sense, what do you like about Daly History? What would you change? Have you got any ideas that might improve things? In terms of content, is there anything that you would like to see more of? Am I covering some subjects in too much detail? Am I missing a trick with something? Please feel free to be brutally honest, I really welcome straight-up feedback as it makes my job so much easier!
As always, thank you for your support
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 73,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it.
In 2010, there were 436 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 694 posts. There were 74 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 32mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was November 11th with 463 views. The most popular post that day was Arnhem: Tour of Duty on Channel 5.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were newwars.wordpress.com, ww2talk.com, savetheroyalnavy.org, thinkdefence.co.uk, and twitter.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for atlantic conveyor, type 45 destroyer problems, daly history blog, navy days 2010, and saladin.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Arnhem: Tour of Duty on Channel 5 November 2010
‘The Sinking of the Laconia’ to hit our screens soon February 2010
About me July 2009
Gallery November 2009
Book Reviews November 2009