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My First Year Of Blogging And The Stats Around It

One year ago from today, I started this code blog. I set off to help people with niche topics that I myself banged my head when trying to solve.

Through the months, I’ve gotten more traffic, followers, comments, and even job offers. Here are the stats to reflect my journey as a blogger.

When I first started blogging back in July 2014, I started with a $5 Digital Ocean droplet. In case the times have changed since writing this post, a $5 droplet had the following specs:

  • 512MB Memory
  • 1 Core CPU
  • 20GB Hard Drive
  • 1TB Transfer

With WordPress, MySQL, and Debian running, I got as far as October 2014 on these specs. This is because traffic started to explode causing frequent server crashes due to resource exhaustion. At this point, I upgraded to a $10 Digital Ocean droplet which at that point in time had the following specs:

  • 1GB Memory
  • 1 Core CPU
  • 30GB Hard Drive
  • 2TB Transfer

Through the months traffic continued to explode. Below is a screenshot of my WordPress JetPack stats for the year.

JetPack Stats 2015

In addition to crazy large growth, my WordPress installation received more email subscribers, and more comments or questions. I couldn’t figure out how to get my Disqus stats for the year, but below are the analytics on comments from the past few months:

Disqus Analytics 2015

In a years time, my Alexa rank has gone from non-existent to a very impressive number as seen below:

Alexa Rank 2015 - 71,669 Global

I’ve managed to blog plenty about topics such as mobile app development, game development, and even web development.

Stats are not the only thing that has come from my blog. Since starting in July 2014, I’ve been discovered and received plenty of job offers from California start-ups and even major tech companies.

Final Thoughts

My stats have grown significantly since day one and I can only assume growth will continue to occur. I couldn’t have done it without my loyal fans.

However, the more growth I see, the more taxing it is on my financial resources and time. If you like the material on my blog and it has saved you some time, please think about giving back. Consider donating to my PayPal any amount of money, big or small, as it does make a huge difference. Or I do have a pretty diverse Amazon Wishlist.

If you’re planning on using Digital Ocean, you might also consider using my referral code ee4903914bb4 so I get some credit.

Nic Raboy

Nic Raboy

Nic Raboy is an advocate of modern web and mobile development technologies. He has experience in Java, JavaScript, Golang and a variety of frameworks such as Angular, NativeScript, and Apache Cordova. Nic writes about his development experiences related to making web and mobile development easier to understand.

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