Interests of Chris – 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2010. That’s about 31 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 86 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 217 posts. There were 52 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 162 views. The most popular post that day was Fabio Capello’s Capello Index a good move?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, twitter.com, facebook.com, en.search.wordpress.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tq, nandos, tupac, suge knight, and dr dre.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Fabio Capello’s Capello Index a good move? May 2010
1 comment

2

Nando’s – great chicken! November 2009

3

Trials of TQ: Independence – The Reality of being the Boss July 2008
1 comment

4

Topless – Dr Dre, T.I. and Nas February 2009
4 comments

5

New Tupac Album on the way? June 2008
1 comment

New Website Domain – www.interestsofchris.com

For a while now I’ve had a domain of http://www.interestsofchris.com but am yet to really use it, I’ve got to really as it has dated content from this blog which I transferred over.  WordPress doesn’t allow for me apply this site to a domain without paying a fee, don’t really want to do that, but may.  Anyway, I will be updating it soon: www.interestsofchris.com

WordPress for Android – finally!!

Finally, I am so pleased, WordPress for Android has been released and now it will be far easier for us all with WordPress blogs to be posting from our  mobiles or smartphones with Google Android whilst on the move!  Here’s a video that I found on mashable.com that shows how to use the app.

9 ways you can help Haiti

Yesterday I came across a really great post on a blog, the insomniac zone.  The Post outlines the various ways we can all contribute to the cuase in Haiti.  Donations via text message or on various charity websites have been popular and are all show on the post – click here to read the post on the insomniac zone.

Also click below for the main page of the blog, am sure you’ll enjoy it – you’ll be able to find it on the links to the left too!

http://www.theinsomniaczone.com/

Engaging with your audience

I had quite a relaxed day today and had thoughts over a coffee about how companies or individuals engage with their target audience / customers and offer that two way conversation.

In short, I have identified the following basics that can be considered relating to Social Networking Sites and Review/Forum sites.

Social Networking Sites: What kind of companies / individuals use sites like facebook, YouTube and myspace?  The answer for me is those that are looking to communicate directly with thier audience, draw them in and develop a relationship through regular communication.  Record labels, events, lifestyle brands, big FMCG brands and recording artists are examples of this.  Brands that are looking to develop a relationship with a younger audience are a good example of this – brands could include Nike, Honda, Pepsi, Coca-Cola.   In addition to social networking sites, email and blogs have become important methods for this this too.

Also, there is a great opportunity for artists, singers etc. to develop a relationship with fans, and talk directly to them as well as answering questions personally.  This is the best method of marketing to fans – it is a true and real relationship and helps to build loyalty and spread word of mouth.

Review Sites / Forums: On the other hand there are review sites and forums.  These provide the opportunity for customers and consumers to rule and have their say as well as engage with people that have similar interests.  TripAdvisor.com is a very popular hotel review sites where users can post reviews of their experiences at certain hotels and score on certain criterias, as well as post photos.  These kind of sites offer an excellent medium for unbiased reviews to be given to provide of customers with the insight they need to help them make a purchasing decision.   This is a great shop window for brands to show how great they are in comparison to their competition – a great incentive to ensure that their offering is the best!

It is important that brands get involved on these sites and ensure that they are aware of what is being said about their product, service or brand.  Any negative comments should be responded to limit the damage, and feedback should be considered for quality development.

TQ’s Blog

Over the last 6 months I have been adding a few posts on the “Trials of TQ”.  Now TQ has started his own blog (The Blogs of TQ) with an excellent and insightful first posting which I thoroughly recommend you bookmark and stay tuned to!  I certainly will be!

Click the link below to go through to TQ’s Blog:

http://tqsblog.wordpress.com/

Enjoy it!