Wow, this post is finally done on time! Yaaaay!
This year was the first time I had a goal for writing on my blog, at least for the first half of the year. In January I set up a goal to write 3.5 blog posts per month, for the first half year and I stuck to it. In the second half of the year I took it easier, so I posted on average only twice a month. In total I posted 33 times, which is more than the year before, when I posted 30 times.
The number of pageviews went down by 21%, from 46 thousand to 36 thousand :( The number of users is slightly up, by 5%, from 13 thousand to 13.6 thousand, but number of sessions keeps going down, from 21.5 thousand to 20 thousand. But, the average time spent on my site is up almost 10%, from 1:15 minutes to 1:23 minutes!
My blog was viewed the most on September 19, after I posted the post saying goodbye to Alida, when my blog was viewed 1185 times :(. On average, I had 101 pageviews per day, with the summer months being the most quiet ones.
My site got 50% faster, fully loading on average in 3 seconds, while in 2015 in loaded in 6 seconds. It seems that my time spent on optimizing my Nginx configuration was worth it.
My most popular blog post is the same, the neural networks one. The second most popular one is about Alida. Then on the 8th place is my retrospective after two years at Google. Four more posts from this year made it to top 20: the one about setting goals, the selfie timelapse one, the one about Yahoo Messenger and the one about evaluating my goals.
My top referrals are still from Facebook, with 2700 visits from there, while the second one is Twitter, with less than a tenth of that. There is also another web page with a neural network tutorial, which links to mine, and which brought in 1500 visitors.
New features on the blog include running it from a container and adding a search page. I also try to keep an eye on performance and occasionally perform speed optimizations.
I am happy with how my year in blogging has been and I hope you will still read me next year!