It’s true, we’ve been around for a year now. We started this blog because we both love beer, were a bit bored, and wanted to do something fun. We’ve definitely learned a lot and our blog has led to some interesting opportunities. Admittedly, we didn’t really know what we were getting into and weren’t very good in the beginning. I think we’ve improved a lot though and the reports confirm we’ve decreased our coefficient of suck 76%, while effectively doubling awesomeness. While that may be made up, I can say with certainty that we drank a lot of beer and had some really good times this year.
It turns out the we have made a bit of an impact on the blogosphere. Google tells us that we’ve had almost 11000 unique visitors and 27000 page views, with daily traffic steadily growing from next to nothing in the beginning to today’s respectable levels. Who knew anyone would care to read our ramblings? Most of our traffic comes from organic Google search results. It turns out that we are pretty good at SEO, enough that Erik and I continually find our own blog in search results (irritatingly so, since we are usually looking for actual information ex. Google ‘caskival’). We’ve also seen a lot of traffic from referring sites and less and less people accessing us directly. My interpretation of this shift is that our friends no longer feel obliged to read our blog, but we are getting more traffic from the intertubes at large. Stupid jerk friends. Just kidding, I need you people to drink beer with.
We wrote a 191 posts last year, which is more than one every two days. Some of them were good, some were not very good, some made people angry (sorry), some were fun to write (wooo!), and some got us free beer (double woooo!). Looking back, it was interesting to see what posts garnered the most attention, where Erik was particularly good at picking hot topics. Below are our top ten posts from last year, six from Erik and four from me.
Top 10 Posts of 2009
- Bud Light Lime is an abomination
- Ozarks Famous BBQ
- Beer and Meat
- The Beer Cellar: how to cellar beer and why
- Calorie Content of Beer?
- Stanley Park 1897 Amber
- Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies
- Turning Point Brewery – the inside scoop
- Real Trappist Beer
- Review: Hells Gate Pale Ale
I hope we have another good year so I can write another post like this next December. Thanks for reading!