I have a website and a blog that is used professionally, and while some of my blog posts are duplicated a lot are not suitable content for the normal readers of my site – so I had to create a new site dedicated to this module – that’s the blog you are looking at right now!
Above is the wordpress analytics chart for my blog visitors. The three spikes (Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 21) are all weeks that I have launched an Artefact, but the 2nd artefact didn’t link directly back to my blog – I think this shows. The third spike is probably due to a review post about the Artiphon Instrument 1 – a kickstarted musical instrument that’s been a year in the waiting.
On my busiest day I had 179 visitors to my blog – this was as expected to the Artiphon review post. I have accessed a wider audience by using tags that get my blog higher on Google searches. I have had a few comments on my blog, one even from an external reader who blogs from America and his blog reflects similar things to my own.
Statistically my best day is a Friday at 2pm, and this could be for a few reasons; one being that it’s during the scheduled class time and other students might be online and looking at their blogs.
Why didn’t I use my normal YouTube Channel?
I have a professional YouTube channel that I use for work with clients and I didn’t feel it was fair to start this module with 100,000 views and just under 100 subscribers so I used a secondary channel that I don’t promote and save for more experimental work (started for an experimental cinema module in my undergrad degree). This means the views on my videos are related to the promotion in this module rather than any views from people who have subscribed to my channel. You can read all about my YouTube channel and artefacts here.
Twitter & Instagram – why do we care?
My twitter analytics are rather interesting, while I tweet a bit (I forget!) the module has focused my attention on tweeting (I could still do better), as you can see from the stats above my followers jumped dramatically as well as my impressions. This correlates to the release of my first artefact.
I have used the #MSCRET on Twitter to both promote my own items but also to share fellow students’ work to help them gain higher views. I extended this further by creating a youtube playlist of all the class’s artefact videos (that I could find).
Instagram is another social media I have had for years but really under used, but with a focus on #ing and uploading relevant media I have seen a jump of around 400 followers and 80% more likes on posts. This could still improve, but I don’t own a cute pet and I am not a great cook – so there are limits.
What about Facebook?
I opted not to use Facebook at all this semester to promote my blog or artefacts, although I have a large number of ‘friends’ (700+) I didn’t feel it was the right people to target, combined with the fact I have some clients on Facebook and as I have stated before – I don’t want them all knowing I have returned to study.