I’m Ec-Stat-ic: A Statistical Review of 2015’s Blogging

As usual, the people at WordPress have made another cool stats update for the end of the year – with some impressive information!

I’m thrilled that I reached over 10,000 views this year. Thank you so much for everyone who stopped by, liked, shared and commented this year.

Thanks must also go to Maeve, Eagle-Eyed Editor, Richard Leonard, Jonelle and Izzy for being my top 5 commenters of 2015! You’re all awesome – do go check out their blogs, everyone!

 

Here’s a snippet (see below for a link to the full report):

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Weekly Update: I Made a Mistake…

This week was another busy one. I have a lot of assignments due in December and also had a few other things going on. But one thing I wanted to talk about today, was a very stupid mistake I made earlier this week…

On WordPress, there is the Media Library. Essentially, this is where all the pictures you have ever used in a post are stored.

Now, since WordPress hosts my website, they can only allow me 3GB of space for my images. I tried to think of ways to cut down on how much space I have used already, and then I noticed the Media Library.

Whilst I now know that this is where all my images are kept and that they should my be deleted, I did not know that at the time. I had quite a lot of photos on there (too many to even count) and so I thought: Great! Deleting these will save me a heck of a lot of storage! So I bulk-deleted them all.

Oh dear.

It wasn’t until I had a look back at some of my old posts that I noticed the problem, and realised that this has probably happened to all of my 933 posts.

Oh dear.

Thankfully, I was able to get them all back in the end, but lesson learned!

How was your week? Comment below!

Liam

WordPress releases new app update | The Friday Article

WordPress, a blogging platform which enables users to create their own blogs, have released their latest mobile update for users of the social network.

In WordPress’ latest update of their app, which was revealed yesterday, the application now has a new ‘Insights’ feature in the Stats section. The update also saw a change of visuals, with the main font and title font size changing from an informal font to a style similar to that of Times New Roman.

‘Insights’, which was previously released online on the web version of WordPress, enabled bloggers to see on which day of the week they would get the most views – and at what time.

Liam O’Dell, who owns the WordPress blog, The Life of a Thinker, said: “When I first saw the insights feature online, I thought it was really interesting to see what date and time I get the most views.”

However, whilst the blogger was in support of the change to the mobile app’s stats section, he was disappointed that some suggestions weren’t taken on board this time around.

He added: “I noticed that when bloggers schedule posts on WordPress, the word ‘Post’ is used instead of ‘Schedule’, which was used previously.”

With a recent update, Liam was able to identify an issue with embedding YouTube videos on blog posts. This was then fixed in a later update.

Now, the blogger hopes that an issue with draft posts publishing by accident is also resolved in this update.

“I have yet to try it, but I hope that draft posts can be saved, and don’t publish immediately.”

With Apple releasing the eagerly anticipated iOS 9 software update in September, it is likely that WordPress’ app developers are preparing for the next update to the iPhone’s operating system.

Liam

Weekly Update: Blog and Writing Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper ‘Weekly Update’ post – the last two weeks have had me moving my ‘Musical Discovery’ posts to Sundays so I can post an update on Monday. But now the schedule is back to normal, and I have some things to tell you!

But first of all, a quick apology. You may have seen a lot of posts go up and then disappear (these are posts which have been published early), or a few ‘test’ posts. Since I use the WordPress iPhone app to write blog posts, sometimes I do encounter issues.

At the moment, when I complete draft posts and then schedule them, the scheduling feature does not work and instead the post is published immediately. But I have spoken to WordPress about the issue and they are going to fix it in an upcoming update.

It’s great that WordPress Support are so helpful. I helped to identify a recent problem with YouTube embeds and they also fixed that.

In other news, it’s been a while since I’ve gone back to writing my book! But now, I’m having loads of fun writing the latest scenes! I still have a lot of time until September, and I hope to have a complete first draft by then.

At the moment, though, I’ve reached a tough scene so I need time to write that out. Other than that I have also got back to reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, which I’m enjoying!

Current Word Count: 2,381 words

How was your week? Comment below!

Have a great week!

Liam

Weekly Update: Normal Service Shall Resume Shortly…

I’ve always used the WordPress mobile app to manage my blog. The ability to upload on the go has always been useful.

Over time, the app has had some great updates. In particular, the post editor has become easier to use. However, at one point, I have been unable to embed YouTube links on my blog since.

As followers of The Life of a Thinker will know, I use embedded YouTube videos in my Musical Discovery music reviews. Now, only the link of the video appears when the post is published.

At the moment, I’m working with the kind Happiness Engineers and WordPress staff to find a solution. In the meantime, this is just a post to apologise for any issues that may happen in any upcoming Musical Discovery posts – if there are any, please let me know!

In other news, the latest update to the WordPress Stats is really useful! The ability to get in depth statistics as well as views each year is very interesting.

If you use the WordPress mobile app, what do you think of the latest update? Comment below!

Liam

Radcliffe: Trying to Include More Pictures | The Friday Article

Renowned blogging site WordPress released a new, free blog theme for its bloggers yesterday – entitled Radcliffe.

The blog design was revealed by the blog hosting company through a blog post, and described Radcliffe as “a bold, modern theme that puts your content at centre stage.”

Upon inspection, I was quick to preview the design on The Life of a Thinker. Although I agree that the theme boasts “beautiful typography”, it has once again reminded me that I need to include more images on my blog – as the theme is very visual.

So unfortunately I have had to revert my blog to its comfy home of the Twenty Twelve theme (I know, I’m a bit behind in terms of years – I did have a look at the 2015 theme, but I prefer this one). However, if there is such a thing as a blogging resolution, it would be for me to whip out my smartphone and take more photos to use on this little site of mine.

I look forward to and await further improvements to this blog in 2015.

Liam

The 1.5:20 Year Ratio

So I read an article earlier today about blogging turning 20 this year! Now, obviously I’m new to blogging so I can’t provide much thought on most of the 20 years. Instead, I can do 1/2 years (ish) of that. Hence the title.

When I started in August 2012, I entered the blogosphere. Originally, a presumption I made was that it was an informal medium to communicate. But I later come to realise that blogging has since spanned out into a variety of different fields. Including more formal reasons, like blogging professionally.

I also thought that the communication between others would be minimal. But I have since become part of a small interconnected blogging community!

Hopefully over the years to come, I can provide a more detailed opinion!

What are your feelings on blogging? Comment below!

Liam