Dec 29, 2010

The Barley Blog 2010 Year in Review

It’s that time again — the time of year when I dive head first into the deep, murky depths of the site and gather up some information that I’m no doubt the only one who truly cares about. Regardless, as per tradition, here is the 2010 Barley Blog year in review.

At the time of this writing, there were 273 (an average of just under 23 per month) new posts published on the site. That’s a step in the right direction in increasing the activity on the site and getting back to the numbers I saw in 2008. It’s not as much of an increase as I would have liked, but I’ll take it. Of those new posts, 134 were for beer reviews (roughly 11 a month) — a much larger jump from last years 81 published beer reviews.

That’s a nice increase if I do say so myself (shut up liver, no one’s talking to you). I’m looking forward to topping those numbers next year and continuing to improve the balance between the blog and Twitter posts.

As far as site traffic numbers go, The Barley Blog was visited 22,978 times in 2010 by 19,351 unique visitors with. Both numbers are up over last year, but just barely. Looks like I need to continue to work on that some.

Site TrafficGoogle Analytics view of the site

Almost like last year, the countries that delivered the most visitors to the site are (in order): United States (83.9%), Canada (2.4%), United Kingdom (1.9%), Malaysia (1.8%), and Italy (0.1%). Both Canada and Malaysia made a jump in rank while both the UK and Italy fell a spot. I’m not entirely sure what caused the shift, but there you have it.

Lets get to some of the more popular posts. The top five most trafficked pages on the site (besides the homepage) for 2010 were:

It still amazes me that two years after its original post date, that damn Blue Dog Wild Blue Lager review still gets as much traffic as it does. It only had four additional comments added this year, but traffic to the post is consistently high.

So there you have it. 2010 is just about done and while I’ve enjoyed some tremendous craft beer this year, here’s to more incredibly tasty brews in 2011. Cheers.