Today my blog celebrates its 5th birthday as I published my Master Thesis about IPv6 Security on the 6th of May, 2013. Wow. When I started back then I did not expect that I will blog almost once a week for that many years and that the blog gets that many readers. ;)
With this blogpost I’ll give you some insights about the stats of the blog and some plans for the future. Furthermore I am highly interested in comments from you. What do you think about the blog in general? What is good, what could I improve? Where do you agree or disagree. Please write some comments to give me some feedback. Thanks a lot!
Stats & Other Notes
First some stats: In average I have about 1500 views per day, while they are split to 1800 views during working days and about 700 during the weekend days. The vast majority comes in via search engines, namely Google. Concrete example: on April 24th, 2018, the blog had 1890 views, while 1182 came in through Google, which is about 62 %.
For some reasons, my blog views are slightly decreasing (or at least not increasing) since last year, though I am still blogging almost once a week. The following chart shows the average views per day, sorted by months over the complete 5 years. While the blog got more readers from 2013 to 2016, the count stayed almost the same for the last two years:
I don’t know exactly why, but I have a clue: One of my most read articles is the “CLI Commands for Troubleshooting Palo Alto Firewalls” post. Among others, this post was listed by Google at the second or third place when searching for anything about Palo Alto Networks firewalls. However, during the last years, Palo Alto itself succeeded in placing its own articles in front of Google, moving mine to number 5-7, which in turn brings less views. Well, that’s okay for me, though a bit disappointing in summary that the stats are decreasing though publishing regularly.
Some more notes concerning this and that:
- The blog has 242 published posts, which is 0.9 posts per week or a blogpost every 1.07 weeks.
- The blog has not that many followers who are reading every post. When publishing a new post, I have about 50-100 readers during the first days. I think that’s realistic since I am blogging about many different topics and vendors. The blog is read by IT admins searching for a specific solutions, rather than classical followers.
- I am mostly publishing between Tuesday and Thursday to have new posts within the week rather than at the beginning or the end.
- Starting with 2017 I tried to blog only every second week. But I did not yet succeed. ;)
- I had a couple of highlights during the last years, such as:
- “Advanced Ping: httping, dnsping, smtpping” in 2016, which received over 100 points at Hacker News which brought me more than 6000 views on that single day. Cool.
- “Wireshark Layer 2-3 pcap Analysis w/ Challenges (CCNP SWITCH)” in 2017, referenced by Ivan Pepelnjak which brought me about 1500 clicks.
- “Using a FortiGate for Bitcoin Mining” written on the 1st of April this year, referenced by a couple of forums and reddit. :D :D About 3500 views during the first days. Nice.
- In summary there are 1354 comments posted, while 339 are answers from me.
- Since about two years I am using pictures from Flickr licensed via CC for my featured images. I really like them. What do you think?
- I deleted the Facebook page for my blog as well as the Facebook share buttons at all. You can follow the blog via email (right-hand side), RSS or Twitter (me or only blog).
- An additional Twitter bot tweets a random blogpost every 25 hours:
What’s planned for the future? I am still writing blogposts out of my daily business, that is: about problems and configurations for firewalls (Forti and Palo), IPv6, DNSSEC, and networks/security at all. I currently have about 20 drafts in WordPress and about 50 more ideas for blogposts. Enough for the next years.
Furthermore I am currently writing on a huge blogpost series about NTP, the network time protocol. To my mind it’s one of those underestimated protocols, since it is configured everywhere but often without thinking about it and its security implications. I am really looking forward to it. Will start in Q4 2018.
Final sentence: Thanks for reading. ;) I am really happy that my blog is growing over the years. Looking forward to the next 5 years.