This Saturday, November 13, 2010, will mark six months since the launch of the Predawn Runner blog. Don’t worry if you forgot to mark it on your calendar, I’m not offended. However, I did think it was time to step back and reflect on what we (as the predawn running community) have done here, and ask some questions on what you would like to see as a future direction for this site.
First, since I’m big on the metrics, here are the figures (as of November 8), according to WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics:
- 59 posts (this one is number 60), plus 4 guest posts at other sites
- 657 comments and reactions (not including those on Facebook or Dailymile)
- 6,199 visitors
- 10,317 visits
- 17,824 page views (1.73 pages / visit)
- Average time on the site per visit – 2:37
- 141 Facebook “Likes” and 127 Feed Subscribers (not counting Friendfeed)
The most popular content to date on the site is as follows (not counting the home page):
- 20 Reasons to Become a Predawn Runner
- Shoe Review – Mizuno Wave Rider 13
- This is the Title of a Typical Race Report
- Predawn Profile – Pete Larson (Runblogger)
- Eye Towards Boston – An Updated Advanced Marathon Training Plan
As you can see, several of these are driven by search engine results (shoe review, the training plan, plus the next one on the list, which is the post on Yasso 800’s). The Predawn Profiles (12 to date) have drawn 2,153 page views. I’m not saying that these numbers are good, bad, or indifferent, but mostly providing a context and baseline for moving forward.
This blog was designed to provide helpful advice on fitting running into your already-busy life, and making the most of the time that you put into your running through providing thoughts on useful training approaches, mental exercises, and equipment. I didn’t intend it to be much of a personal running blog, but do post race reports and a few thoughts on preparation and progress mostly to help build credibility that yes, you can find time to make it work if you have the motivation.
There are still plenty of ideas on content to share, but I’m interested in your input on what you’d like to see. So, with that in mind, I invite you to contribute to the future of this blog through the comments. A couple of questions I’d like to put out there:
- What is the most interesting / valuable content, and what would you like to see more of?
- What is the least interesting content, and what would you like to see less of?
- How about the design (look, feel, readability, colors, images, etc.) of the site? I’ll be honest – I’m thinking of making some changes to it.
- Are there any specific topics you’d like to see covered, or new types of features?
- Would you be interested in a Predawn Runner podcast? Not sure I’ll go there, but I’d consider it if the interest were high enough.
I really want your candid opinions here – I’m more interested in the (constructive) suggestions than “attaboys” (but I’ll take those as well). As we go forward, I’ll offer up the same comments that I make whenever I give a presentation to teams that I work with in my professional career, based on advice my wise father-in-law gave me:
- You can have anything you want. You just can’t have everything you want.
- You may not get everything you want, but you’ll get everything you need.
- We have the infinite capacity to improve everything.
Thanks for your support these first six months, and I look forward to expanding our relationships in the future.
Gregory A. Strosaker (Predawn Runner)