2010 – Looking Back
Hubbard and I started this blog a little over a year ago with the intent of promoting casual cycling, encouraging the recycling/reuse of used bikes, and advocating for better bicycle infrastructure in Dallas County. It’s hard to measure our efforts but we’d like to think that we’ve spread a little goodness in the bicycling world over the last 12 months or so.
In our first year we’ve published 173 posts which resulted in 1,832 comments, and we deleted more spam than most people will see in a lifetime. We delete spam because we care. And I should also note the major strides we’ve both made in personal hygiene. Or not.
We’ve also had several guest bloggers write about their own cycling experiences and grace our site with their voice and perspective. Thanks to all those who contributed their views, experiences and suggestions over the last year. We really appreciate it and we learned from you as well.
Measuring our blog efforts in terms of people dropping by the site is a little easier.
Here’s a little of what we saw in 2010:
- Google sent 17,520 visitors to our site, Bing sent 370
- We had visitors from 101 countries, Canada and the UK came in second and third to the USA. We’d love to hear from some of our cycling readers in Iraq, Egypt, Croatia and other nations that aren’t known for their cycling culture or infrastructure. Seriously, send us photos and tell us about your world.
- Texas was our greatest source of visitors followed by California and New York
- City of Dallas was where most of our Texas readers called home, followed by Plano and Addison
- The 2nd and 3rd most popular languages amongst all visitors was German and French. Hallo, and bonjour
- Internet Explorer versus Firefox visitors were almost equal in numbers
- Mac users represent 22.32% of our readers
What I’ve learned this last year:
- When riding in the winter, it’s all about layers
- When riding in the summer it’s all about sun screen (and water)
- Buying used bikes is addictive, I own too many and will have to part with a couple sooner than later
- Natural lighting is key to taking good photos
- Do not, and I mean DO NOT store a bicycle anywhere near pool chemicals. This was a sad and painful lesson for me.
My own 2011 New Years Resolutions include:
- Finish (or sell) every project bike in the workshop
- Lose those final 10 pounds (I’ve lost 6 so far!)
- Visit those few remaining bike trails in Dallas County that I have yet to explore
2010 was a good year for Biking in Dallas and we hope to make it even better in 2011. Thanks for reading our stuff and thanks for the many suggestions and all the encouragement we’ve received.
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