It’s my honor and privilege to be one of the editors of this newly minted blog and since we started earlier this month it’s been a pretty neat ride.
Statistically it’s been an incredible start for a concept that was once just a simmering thought below the surface that bubbled enough (and long enough) to capture our attention toward execution, even if it wasn’t a perfect product out the gate.
Here’s a top-level look at what we’ve accomplished in just 24 short days – not even a full calendar month!
- 130 published posts – that’s more than 5 posts a day!
- 427 comments – we don’t count trackbacks or mentions in this figure so these are legit community-powered comments!
- 371 tags – that’s a lot of meta data.
- 13 categories – we’re looking to expand and refine at the same time so give us a little grace as we get the kinks out.
- 11k+ visits, 6k+ unique visitors, 24k+ pageviews with 2.09 pages/visit with an average visit duration of 2:25 minutes. Over half of our visits are entirely new.
- We have 328 followers on Twitter, 103 Likes on Facebook, and 44 Google+.
- Over 300 people are subscribed via Feedburner (email and RSS) and we’ve got a host of trackbacks, mentions, RTs, and so on.
And those statistics and metrics are neat but what has really gotten me excited is this fact:
We Are Community Powered
We have had 12 guest authors contribute some incredible content (17 total posts) over the past few weeks and they’ve racked up some of our biggest numbers in terms of traffic.
To get 12 big-time names (at least we think so!) to contribute some of their best work in the first month has been honestly pretty humbling. We don’t pay our guest authors to dedicate their time to the community here – they do it because they believe in Our Manifesto and know that it’s part of their giveback.
Trust me when I tell you that we’ve got some neat plans and ideas about how to really showcase our authors and give them the credit they deserve which may include financial compensation at some point (no promises here but we know that your time is incredibly valuable)!
Thanks so much guys and keep them coming – you all have the pleasure of being part of the very first month with WP Daily – a badge of honor if I do say so myself!
For starters, I want to highlight the 12 that committed blog posts this month (in no particular order):
I’m here for the blogging!
- How I Got More Involved in the Community in 2012
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I’m one of the developers of the WooCommerce plugin, working for WooThemes. Also famous for my (unhealthy) love for coffee.
I am a multimedia specialist for a company that provides business process services for global fortune 500 clients. I go by the online alias “Kinetic Bear”. I love talking and teaching about photography, dslr video, and just about any type of creative content. I am a writer for Photoguides.net and my personal blog Kineticbear.com Keep your heart in all that you do.
Where you can find Japh: Website
Web developer, technologist, innovator. Wptuts+ Editor and WordPress Evangelist @ Envato. I love the internet.
Usability Designer/Developer by day, WordPress Developer by night. Standard Theme is my theme of choice and I enjoy creating child themes for peeps. I see the web world in Bootstrap colored glasses.
Where you can find Jay – Twitter
I’m a WordPress developer and designer. Currently, I’m website-less but you can follow me on Twitter @jaydhoffmann. You might also run into me on the WordPress forums or support group, where I go by jhoffm34, so feel free to say hi.
John Camarillo, a.k.a. teaneedz, is pixelated tea bud doing random acts of social good at TeazMedia
Marty Martin is a managing partner and search analyst for Adapt Partners, a search marketing and digital strategy agency. He has been an using and developing with WordPress since it was originally forked.
As principle of Malphurs Interactive, Michael works under the belief that great organizations deserve innovative and inspirational interactive media solutions. After all, invention is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.