2009 is coming to an end and what a year it has been. Traffic to London Cyclist blog is up by 2,830.35% compared to 2008. With an impressive figure like that I thought it would be a good time to take a look at what you guys have been reading. I think you will be very surprised to hear what the most popular page is.
The series I am most proud of introducing to the blog are the buying guides. I hope they are saving you all a lot of money by directing you only towards the best products and telling you which to avoid. I have also really enjoyed bringing product reviews such as the iPhone bike mount to the blog. I definitely hope to do more such reviews in 2010.
The posts everyone seems to be responding heavily to are the more controversial ones such as the discussion around the relationship between pedestrians and cyclists and the news about the £100 fines. Also recently I asked you what your traffic light strategy is. This drew a lot of interesting comments about what people do and of course raised the question of whether to skip red lights or not.
Be useful, be popular?
Hugely popular this year was the post that showed you what the Top 50 cycling blogs are. I will be redoing this list in January so keep your eyes open for that. The bike apps for the iPhone was also very popular as was the list of DIY bike projects you can do. All three of these posts were extremely useful and helped people discover new things.
However, what outranked these posts in terms of search traffic was not something useful. Instead it was something a little more… light hearted. The most popular post was one written in 2008 listing websites where you can play cycling games!
Well, I guess having fun is useful!
What will 2010 bring
Whilst I don’t have a glass ball that can predict the future (How cool would that be?) I do have many big plans for London Cyclist. As we speak I’m running a cool little heat map that shows me what things you guys are enjoying reading the most.
In January I will be starting a newsletter, I will also be giving away a free eBook and perhaps launching a new blog design. There will also be a few more surprises that I don’t want to reveal from now. Of course on top of this I will continue to write the content you guys love and continuously improve on it. With things such as the cycle hire scheme launching and many new cyclists joining us on the road it promises to be an interesting year.