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Unabashed self promotion

Once per year, I celebrate the creation of this blog. Thus, three years ago today, I unleashed Engineering Radio with the idea that not too many other people were telling the story about technical aspect of radio broadcasting.  At the time, Radio World, a fine publication by any standard, seemed to be moving away from technical details, anecdotes and other useful bits of information.  I felt that is was something that people would like to read, and I was correct.

Without further adieu, here is my observations from the past year:

  • We have taken on sort of an international flavor, this last year.  A slightly greater percentage of visitors are coming from overseas, which I welcome.  According to my flag counter, approximately 62% of visitors are from the US, the other top five countries are; UK, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and Germany.  I have also fixed the translator plug-in for word press.  In Russian the blog is translated as: Радиоинженерия, (thanks Geoff in Oz) which translates to Radio Engineering.  I am not sure “Engineering” can be rendered as a verb in Russian.
  • Also, I have noted that of the 195 recognized countries in the world, 183 have visited this blog.
  • I posted 162 stories last year, an average of 14 per month, making the total post count 470.
  • There are 1,441 legitimate comments and 175,108 spam comments.
  • There are about 120 subscribers to the RSS feed
  • I receive an average of 438 page loads with 62 returning visitors each day
  • Total reach of ~143,000 page views from ~93,000 unique visitors
  • Busiest day of the week is Thursday, I don’t know why.
Visitors 2012

Visitors 2012

I did some housekeeping, cleaning out some no longer relevant stories and other such things, therefore the story count is slightly off from last year.  No matter.

This year, I have greatly enjoyed meeting fellow radio enthusiasts like Mike Fitzpatrick and Scott Fybush among others.  The blog is a constant learning experience and I enjoy greatly all of the personal interactions; blog comments, facebook posts and off line emails.

Thus, it has been a good year.

With my return to school last spring, the time constraints have somewhat reduced the quantity of posts, while hopefully not the quality.  As I have said in previous years, this is a labor of love and I will continue to write as long as you guys (and girls) continue to read.

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7 comments to Unabashed self promotion

  • Dewey Jacks

    Though my involvement with radio leans towards the amateur radio service,I still enjoy viewing this site and reading the blog posts along with the photos. I find it very entertaining and informative. Though he has not done any updates in quite a long time,I still enjoy Jim Hawkin’s Radio Broadcast Technology site along with your site. Keep up the good work,Paul!

  • Rob

    I enjoy reading your posts. Congrats on the 3 year anniversary, and here’s to many more. Thank you!

  • Steve

    My grateful thanks for putting this blog together, it’s one of a handful of websites that is on my “must check regularly” list. Well done on reaching 3 years, please do keep it up!

  • David

    Congratulations on reaching 3 years! Most blogs don’t seem to make it past the 3 month mark.

  • Chet W6XK

    Paul, I stumbled across your blog about a month ago and have enjoyed the content immensely. I worked in broadcast radio during the late 60s to early 80s. Even though my professional life turned to an entirely unrelated field, I have maintained my love for all things radio over the years. I particularly enjoy your posts/stories about AM radio. Like another poster stated, your blog is one of my “must see” stops. I sincerely appreciate your time and effort; you’re running a first-class operation.

    Chet W6XK

  • Paul Thurst

    Thank you for the kind words, so long as people keep reading, I will keep writing.

  • Joel

    congrats! I read all your posts through the RSS feed. Thanks for writing.

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