Blog Post #300 (Almost)

I’m taking a two-week break.

When I’m camping in Sweden and Lapland, after fighting with an elk over the possession of my trunks, I will inevitably think about Life, the Universe, and Anything Related to My Blog.

In the next two weeks this blog will be kept fresh and interesting with guest posts from other authors. I've been able to find eight people kind enough to supply me with original articles, to make sure you people won’t be bored.

Quite coincidentally, this blog post happens to be my 297th. And my next post will be the 306th, so I think the timing is right for the regular x00th reflection, which is becoming sort of a tradition on my blog…

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Blog post #200 was on January 2 of this year. Since that time this blog has generated a quarter of a million page views, with 175 thousand unique visits. The spikes in the graph are all caused by the usual suspects: my various top 100 blog posts (see below).

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Apart from Google, the most traffic to this blog was sent by various software development sites, like Reddit, DZone, InfoQ and StackOverflow. As for the social networks, I am quite surprised to see StumbleUpon ranked higher than Delicious and Twitter. But the most unexpected entry on this list is Scott Berkun's blog. Thank you, Scott!

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The number of feed readers (RSS subscribers) has doubled to around 4,000. It was 2,000 on January 2. (Note: FeedBurner's estimates fluctuates every week, with a dip in every weekend.)

As I said, the most popular articles on my blog are all the lists that I make. Whether it is lists of blogs, lists of books, lists of Twitter accounts, or lists of interview questions, you guys just can't get enough of them. Well, neither can I. So we're a good match…

  Title Page Views Unique Views
1
100 Interview Questions for Software Developers
31,348 28,716
2
Top 200 Blogs for Developers (Q2 2009)
21,790 16,371
3
Top 100 Blogs for Developers (Q1 2009)
17,596 13,836
4
Top 100 Blogs for Developers (Q4 2008)
11,708 8,749
5
Top 100 Best Software Engineering Books, Ever
10,290 8,387
6
Social Media Blogs Top 200
8,090 5,892
7
The Decline and Fall of Agilists
8,083 7,614
8
Top 100 Blogs for Developers (Q3 2008)
5,989 4,685
9
Twitter Top 100 for Software Developers
5,328 3,555
10
The Definitive List of Software Development Methodologies
4,421 3,792
11
Top 50 New Software Development Books
4,184 3,432
12 The
Big Agile Practices Survey
3,571 3,146
13 The Perfect
Job Interview Question
3,184 2,938
14
The Big List of Agile Practices
3,159 2,526
15
Top 50 Twitterers to Follow for Developers
2,503 1,635
16
Top 100 Best Books for Managers, Leaders & Humans
2,473 1,915
17
10 Principles of Agile Project Time Management
2,355 1,967
18 Thank You,
Stupid Americans
1,894 1,734
19
How to Annoy Your Boss (14 Real-Life Tips)
1,848 1,739
20
Join the CLUB (Coding Like Uncle Bob)
1,712 1,593
21
Simple vs. Complicated vs. Complex vs. Chaotic
1,649 1,420
22
The Big Agile Practices Survey Report (Part 1)
1,605 1,472
23
The Complex Manifesto for Software Development
1,506 1,356
24
Your Project Has No Goal
1,479 1,372
25
The Zen of Scrum (Free Presentation)
1,441 1,256

My most popular regular article was The Decline and Fall of Agilists. Which is nice, because it took me about 8 hours to write. It seems that effort pays.

Since blog post #200 the Technorati Authority for this blog has climbed a little, from 127 to 138:

Technorati 

And the Alexa Traffic Rank for my blog has climbed from 253,976 to 167,512:

Alexa 

But the worst is yet to come…

The Google Page Rank for NOOP.NL has dropped from 5 to 4…

Google 

And that's the best reason to go on a well-deserved vacation.

See you all in two weeks…

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