Today, The Brick Fan turns 1 year old. As I stated in a previous blog post, I began blogging under a different URL but I had to change it to thebrickfan.com on this day in 2012. At first, I was just using this blog to review LEGO sets that I purchase but I shifted to adding LEGO news a few months in and has evolved into what you now see today.
Now for some interesting facts I’ve gathered on the site. In a year, there have been 449 blog posts and have gotten 143 article comments. As you can see on the stats below, the site didn’t get that much traffic until July when San Diego Comic-Con started and doubled again when news of the 2013 LEGO sets became public. The site got 418,660 unique visitors with 647,740 page loads. My goal for this year is to double the traffic that the site currently gets now.
Here’s some other neat stats:
- Pages/Visit: 1.55
- Avg. Visit Duration: 00:01:34
- New Visitors: 81.33%
- Returning Visitors: 18.66%
- 58.29% Search Traffic
- 27.20% Referral Traffic
- 14.51% Direct Traffic
- Email Subscribers: 131
- Facebook Page Likes: 1039
- Twitter Followers: 2116
What I like the most about blogging is the friendships I’ve made this past year including, in no particular order, Richard over on Brick Fanatics, Stud from YourCreativeFriends, Beyond the Brick, the guys over at Brick Picker, Jeff, Ed, TheOrcKing, just to name a few. I would like to also thank our regular readers as well as the commenters who add value to the site by giving their thoughts on certain topics.
For this year, I plan to continue blogging about LEGO news and reviews, especially with the new sets coming out this spring and beyond. Building and writing about LEGO is a fun hobby but it’s also a lot of hard work. I promise to keep writing informative LEGO articles that readers can use. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve on The Brick Fan or if you want me to write about a specific topic, let me know in the comments or contact me by email. I have a lot of things planned for 2013 and I can’t wait to share it. Again, thank you for reading and let’s continue this journey together.