Tuesday 30 December 2014

The 5 Most Read Posts On Breaking More Waves In 2014

Traffic is something that at some point most people who run a website or blog will give at least passing thought to. For sites that rely on hits to make money traffic is pretty much everything. For those who want to build their site for other status / career / ego purposes it’s usually pretty important. But for the rest of us it’s of less consequence. However, that’s not to say that we have no interest in how many people are visiting Breaking More Waves. It would be pointless writing the thing if nobody visited. Thankfully over the last few years quite a few people have returned to read the crap we shove up on line. Some people even seem to enjoy it. 

The reasons why people visit Breaking More Waves are pretty varied. We still get people finding the blog searching for ‘Lana Del Rey’s lips’ (that search is so 2011) and ‘Ed Sheeran’s girlfriend’ as well as image searches for various pop stars naked. Maybe we should just call every blog post we write Miley Cyrus naked pics and increase our traffic no end? However, being a new music blog we’d have hoped that the posts that receive the most amount of traffic are the ones about new music. Sadly this doesn’t seem to be the case.

This year, more than any other, what we've noticed is that the majority of page views ‘big hitters’ tend to be the occasional pieces where we’ve offered some sort of discussion rather than focussing on particular pieces of music.  It seems that people prefer to read what we’re thinking about than the music we’re listening to. It's these posts that get shared far more. 

So without further ado, here are the 5 most viewed posts on Breaking More Waves this year. Ironically the very first thing we posted this year is by far and away our most read. It’s been all downhill since then.*

1. Jan 1st - 20 Things We Want To Happen To Music And The Internet In 2014 (See original post here)

2. Apr 30th -  Lorde vs Complex : Is Blog Positivity A Bad Thing? (See original post here)

3. Dec 2nd -  The UK Blog Sound Of 2015 Results (See original post here)

4. Jul 17th - Why Do So Many Online Music Writers Ignore Lyrics When Writing About Music? (See original post here)

5. Feb 10th - Lapsley – Painter (Valentine) (See original post here)

*Not fully downhill though - 2014 has seen the blog have its largest number of page views, but this on its own is no surprise, after all we've posted more times this year than any other. 


Tiff said...

Bit mean to suggest traffic worriers are motivated by ego/status/career alone! I work on my site's traffic because I'd like the site to be a success and hopefully make me a little money to pay for the long hours I put in... Not sure why traffic/earning a wage has become such a dirty concern....

Breaking More Waves Blog said...

Depends on what you define as 'success' I guess. For me success isn't about traffic (it's about satisfaction / pleasure in its creation). However, I never said that traffic / earning a wage was a dirty concern - just that its of less consequence to me.