What now, a podcast? 2013 Blog Review

My goal at the beginning of 2013 was to become a consistent blogger. I no longer look at myself as The Poster. There were 41 new posts and 145 images uploaded here on Architect’s Trace in 2013. In 2012 there were 47 new posts and 150 images uploaded. While the posts/ images are slightly down for 2013, I attribute that to those being so awesome that I had to re-post them in 2013. While I consider myself a blogger now, I’m still not sure what that means. Do I now offer T-Shirts? Do I ‘sell’ something? Do I create a podcast? I’m not sure. I use this blog as a creative outlet for myself and to educate as to what it is we architect’s do and how we do it- hopefully for 2014 I can continue such.

The friendly stats helper minions at WordPress prepared a 2013 annual report for Architect’s Trace blog. I’ll admit that I don’t pay much attention to the stats of my blog, but it’s clear that I’ve out-performed last year’s.

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An excerpt from the minions report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

I think they could pack twice as many people into the opera house if Miley and Robin performed ‘Blurred Lines’ over and over. The number of performances could then be cut to 3 to equal the number of my 2013 blog viewers. I’m good with Architect’s Trace headlining the Sydney Opera house and having Miley and Robin open up for me… wait, what… okay I got off on a tangent there. Compared to the 6,500 views in 2012, that’s a 231% increase- I’m proud of that number!

A few more minion provided facts about Architect’s Trace:

Busiest Day was October 8th with 337 views. The most popular post that day was What an Architect Does. The post was mostly a graphic post, graphic in a good way. I really enjoy creating the graphics for the blog and creating postings that are mostly visual… perhaps I should consider more of those posts.

Visitors came from 131 different countries, up 26 countries from 2012, BOOM! This was the year I cracked into Angola, Iceland you’re next! Most visitors came from The United States. Canada and Australia were not far behind. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, seems I have 487 people I can
ask lodging from, someone’s got to yes.

Top 5 Posts of 2013 were 1) What an Architect Does 2) Hiring an Architect: Part 1- The Search 3) Architect, it does CA good! 4) Drawing Baths and Architecture 5) Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit. There were some good posts in 2013 and the most read posts discussed how and what we architects do. These posts have been read by both potential clients and fellow architects. I’d like to think that I’m educating others on the architecture profession and not just taking up bandwidth.

I don’t ask anything from my readers, so this is a first for me. For 2014 I’d ask that if you don’t already write a blog, write one. Write about your passions, your personal life, anything that interests you. The people you’ll engage with and discussions that follow will far outweigh any fears you may have about writing a blog. Don’t wait start a blog, in the words of Dr. Seuss:

“You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…”

I’d like to specifically thank Lee Calisti, author of think | architect and Mark LePage of Entrepreneur Architect, they were two of my top referring sites for 2013, thank you! If you’re not already following Lee and Mark you should be, they each have great blogs! I should also mention that Architect’s Trace blog was also found by people searching for ‘B-Vent,’ I’m not sure what to think of that so that’s all I’ll say.

My main goal of this blog is to trace my experiences as an architect- how it a/effects me, my design ideologies, the built environ, and all I encounter. Hopefully, others along a similar path, or those just curious about architects/architecture, can benefit from my trace(s). Along the way this blog as become more than me being an architect and architecture. It’s been a vehicle to ‘meet’ others and be part of a larger conversation. It’s been about my trial and tribulations as the best dad ever, trying to be the best husband ever, and well, just being part of the human race. Judging those goals I consider my blog a success!

So what now, a grand re-vamp to the blog? I don’t think so, I’m happy with the blog as it currently stands. Sure, I’d like more exposure and I’ll work on that. The next year will be a challenge, I want to gain exposure of Architect’s Trace at the same time I want to reduce time spent on social media- a future post on that.

To my readers, thanks for being part of the journey and if you’re not already following Architect’s Trace, I hope that you do and become part of this Trace, cheers and here’s to a great 2014!

Design On,

 

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