A Year of Blogging

Hey everyone! Another year has passed and it's now 3 years since I've been blogging here on catonmat! In this post I wish to summarize this year's statistics.

See the one year of blogging and two years of blogging for previous year statistics.

First of all traffic statistics,

Traffic statistics for the period 2009-07-01 - 2010-07-01 from Google Analytics.

Alright, so catonmat has received 1.43 million visitors and 2.11 million page views during this year. That's 120k visits and 175k page views per month. Or 4,000 visitors per day and 5,800 page views per day. Good numbers.

Let's look at the whole traffic picture from the day one of blogging,

Traffic statistics for the period 2007-07-01 - 2010-07-01 from Google Analytics.

Looks pretty random but seems to have a hidden linear trend upwards.

Now the FeedBurner subscriber stats,

Feedburner statistics for the period 2009-07-01 - 2010-07-01.

Last year I left off with 7000 subscribers, and now I have around 12,000. That's 5000 new subscribers, or 13 new subscribers per day on average.

And the whole picture of subscriber dynamics since the beginning of blogging,

Feedburner statistics for the period 2007-07-01 - 2010-07-01.

Also a nice positive trend, if it keeps going the same way, I expect to have around 17,000 subscribers the next year.

Now to articles. During this year I have written 43 articles. Here are ten most popular ones:

Here are my personal favorites that didn't make it into top ten:

It's now time for delicious cake:

Let's meet for cake the next year again! See you!


July 06, 2010, 17:30

conggratulations... good work

July 06, 2010, 19:08


mcai8sh4 Permalink
July 06, 2010, 20:45

Your posts are always a pleasure to read, I usually go away slightly more educated than before.

Great work, I hope you keep it up and it never becomes a chore.

Since it's your third year computer/programming blog birthday, on your cake, should you not have maybe 8 candles, with just the last 2 lit?

July 06, 2010, 23:25

good thinking, i am going to do the candles thing next year. :)

July 06, 2010, 21:03

congratz, keep on blogging!

f00li5h Permalink
July 07, 2010, 01:19


July 07, 2010, 03:37

yes sir!

July 07, 2010, 02:57

Wow, I didn't realize this blog was so popular. I found you by stumbling onto your "Fibonacci miles-kilometers conversion" post, BTW. Great stuff :) Keep up the good work, may you reach a million subscribers soon :D

July 07, 2010, 03:38


July 07, 2010, 16:10

Thats great. Yours is an awesome work and glad to see 3 full years had passed :)

Wishing you many such more successful years :)

Raghavan alias Saravanan M.

July 07, 2010, 16:11


Of course, this is the post which really (guess Google or through some other post) took me to your website. :) -- which I have also forwarded to my friends!

kangu Permalink
July 07, 2010, 17:16

This is not only a prosperous blog, but a certified cradle of modern thinking!

Congratulations Peter!

July 08, 2010, 05:31

Great work buddy! Keep going.

July 08, 2010, 11:41

Hi Peter,

Great work and wishing you lot more success in years to come.

I found your blog posts where you uploaded notes to open courseware lectures to be very inspiring.

I have just started an experiment of a do-it-yourself masters in computer science using open courseware and social learning.

Thanks for being one of the inspirations for this experiment.

July 08, 2010, 18:47

Thanks for all the wishes, everyone! :)

Merry Permalink
July 09, 2010, 12:38

thanks for the cake and the good work.

Pablo Permalink
July 12, 2010, 16:47

By far, the best blog i found in a long time.

Roman Permalink
July 12, 2010, 18:11

Why is there a spike in early June on the subscriber number graph?

July 13, 2010, 00:26

I can't really tell. Most likely Feedburner bugs as usual.

Mohit Sharma Permalink
July 14, 2010, 14:17

Good going men. lots of congrats for continuing ur generously great work :-)

keep gng,
btw on 10th birthday, v'l like to have real cake :-P

August 03, 2010, 04:01

happy birthday *to your blog* :-)
hhmmm... amazing stats!

October 20, 2010, 10:26

Out of curiosity: What's your biggest traffic source?

October 20, 2010, 13:06

Same as the last year. Reddit, Hacker News, Stumbleupon.

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