It’s become a habit of mine in recent years to do a post in early January on the site’s traffic stats over the previous twelve months so it’s time for me to do the January 2015 one. Here it is.
As the chart below shows, 2014 was another bumper year traffic-wise, with the 2013 annual hit count of just over one million page impressions exceeded comfortably enough as 2014 topped out at 1.4 million hits.
Mayo GAA Blog, annual page views
The strong numbers for 2014 also mean that the cumulative hits number rose sharply during the year, passing two significant milestones in the process. Back in April, the three million mark was passed and then, just before New Year, the four million counter was exceeded. As the chart below shows, it took all of six years for the first million hits to be racked up but then less than two years for the next three million to be added.
Mayo GAA Blog, cumulative page views
In terms of the year just gone, it’s no surprise given the yearly total that the daily, weekly and monthly all-time highs were all surpassed during the year. Equally predictable is the fact that the busiest day of the year (and of all time so far on the site) was the day after the Kerry replay when a grand total of 17,389 hits were recorded. (By way of contrast, back in 2007 a sum total of 12,293 hits were logged in the nine months between April, when I first set up the counter, and year-end). On only two days in 2014 did the total daily hit count fall below 1,000. These were Christmas Day and St Stephens Day, when the daily log topped out at 996 and 962 page views respectively.
The all-time weekly record was also smashed in that emotion-laden final week of August last year, when a total of 96,875 hits were logged. As a consequence, the month of August – weighing in with 248,504 hits – was the busiest ever month.
And what of the future? Onwards and upwards, I guess. With every passing year, I keep asking myself how much longer I can keep this going but I renewed the hosting for 24 months just before Christmas so I suppose that’s the decision made for the next while.
In terms of sustainability into the longer term, the more of a communal effort it becomes, the better this will be from my perspective and it’s good to see that the trend appears to be firmly set in that direction. The figures outlined here represent the sum total of everyone’s interest in the passion we all share and, now that we’ve created something special, we need to work together to sustain it into the future. And hopefully record the return of Sam to the county at some point soon.