On March 2, 2011, I published my first blog post to “A Sunnier Bear”, which makes this close to my two year blogging anniversary.
My goal when starting this blog was to write timely boss guides for tanks. That goal has sort of fallen by the wayside because this recent tier was so huge and my progression has been unstable and not exactly where I want it to be anyway. Instead, I spent the last year writing about topics that interest me, like Brewmasters and active mitigation.
In the last year, the biggest change was moving my blog from Blogger to my own hosted site. The name changed from “A Sunnier Bear” to “Sunnier’s Art of War”, and I gained the ability to tweak minute aspects of my site. I’ve also rerolled, transferring my focus from bear druids to Brewmasters.
I miss some things about my old site, like that banner, but overall I’m happier with moving my blog and focus.
In the future, I’d like to push out boss guides incrementally so that I’m more likely to actually publish them. If I really wanted to increase my viewership I should also be more active in forums, but we all know that won’t happen. I also want to introduce some cool dynamic styling in my guides because plain old HTML is so 2005, but I have to learn how to do that first.
And now for some stats for the last year (actually the last 11 months, because that’s when I swapped over to Google Analytics):
Most Popular Posts
- Brewmaster Guide
- Guild Wars 2: How to Get To Arah, Complete Orr, and the Conclusion of Your Personal Story (a triumph in naming your posts after what people google)
- Brewmaster Weak Auras
- The Quick and Dirty Guide to Tanking Mogu’shan Vaults Normal
- An Early Guide to the Will of the Emperor Dance (a guide I now regret posting because I still get lots of comments about how bad I am because I got hit a lot, with no one looking at the date of the post or realizing this dance has one more step than the one on live)
Most Popular Traffic Sources that Aren’t Google
Most Popular Search Terms
- “sunnier’s art of war”
- “brewmaster tanking”
- “sunnier bear”
- “brewmaster stat priority”
- “guild wars 2 arah”
My Personal Favorite Posts
- Brewmasters for Beginners: The Step by Step Learning Program
- A Sunnier Musing: Healing Elixirs
- Some Quick Brewmaster Tanking Tips
- Things I Found in China that Reminded Me of MoP
- Guild Wars 2: An Interesting Relationship with Femininity
Number of Published Posts
From March 2011-March 2012: 70
From March 2012-March 2013: 61
Posts per Week
Number of Subscribers According to Google Reader
A Sunnier Bear RSS: 125
Sunnier’s Art of War RSS: 20
Browsers of Visitors
And to see how many miserable people are stuck using the bad versions of IE where my website looks horrible:
Operating Systems of Visitors
I’m really surprised to see that iOS is so popular. I hope my site doesn’t look horrible on mobile Safari because I can’t test it.
Countries of Visitors
I find visitor flow charts really interesting. It documents where users go after they first land on the page. People that come to my site directly are usually the ones to investigate additional pages. People that come from google tend to land on my Brewmaster Guide and then check out the other links I have in my navigation bar (resources, weak auras, etc). My average bounce rate (i.e. the percent of visitors who leave my site after the initial landing) is 78%.
I feel pretty good about my growth, especially given that I moved my website, rerolled to a less popular class, and have been pretty bad about keeping up my most popular type of post: encounter tanking guides. Growth has been stagnant the last three months, but that will likely go up once 5.2 is released and I post more Quick and Dirty guides.
What Sunnier Looked Like in March 2012
What Sunnier Looked Like in March 2013
Number of Twitter Followers
March 2012: 286
March 2013: 555
Number of Tweets
March 2012: 2,226
March 2013: 4,167
Number of YouTube Channel Views
March 2012: 25,000
March 2013: 58,042
Number of YouTube Subscribers
March 2012: 39
March 2013: 109
Number of Emails to my Blog Address
March 2013: 32
March 2013: 70