It seemed that 2019 went by extremely fast and we’re already into the new year. That means that we can now take a look back at some of the statistics and other things that happened on The Brick Fan last year. This is probably one of my favorite times of the year simply because I like to see how my numbers stack up to previous years and also assess what I can do to improve.
We ended the year with 22,534,938 page views which is 51% more than in 2018. I’m not sure why the massive increase but I’ll gladly take it. As a result, unique views and first time visitors also dramatically increased as well.
One thing that is curious is that October’s traffic dropped a lot and I’m not sure why. There were 87 posts during the month which is on par compared to the other months of the year.
Our biggest traffic day was on November 19 with 121,434 page views. This was during the time when images of the 2020 sets started surfacing online. We finished off the year with 932 posts which is a bit more than previous years.
On to social media counts, we’re still slowly growing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Facebook now has 15,845 followers (11% increase), Twitter has 9,513 followers (18% increase), and Instagram has 15,254 followers (16% increase). The subreddit now currently has 404 readers subscribed. No that is not a page error for you programmers.
Last year was pretty successful in my books and I want to thank everyone who takes time to come over and read some of the articles I put out. I try to post something every day but there are days where family time takes over the weekend and I skip a day.
There are some changes on the site itself that I will try to improve on. I am satisfied with the mobile-friendly version that I rolled out in 2018 but I have read some of the complaints about the ads on there. I will try to limit them on the mobile version as there some settings that keep reverting back so I’ll keep an eye on them.
2020 is a brand new year and decade but I’ll continue doing what I’ve always been doing and that is to keep readers updated on the latest LEGO news while throwing in reviews here and there. I’ve taken on more responsibility at my current job but it won’t affect the site that much. There might still be breaking news that happens during the day that I might not get to until the afternoon.
As I’ve always said, we’re not trying to beat out other LEGO fan sites but to coexist online as most of us are Recognized LEGO Fan Media. We all have something to give to the LEGO community and I’m happy that the readers enjoy what I put out. My contact form is always open and I do read every email that comes in, even the troll ones, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.
Happy 2020 to everyone!