Halflife

With Stu’s Shed marking its 4th birthday today, I got to wondering just what the average life expectancy for a blog is?  4 years would seem to be a pretty good innings so far.

The data, as you’d expect, is very difficult to source – guess no university PhD student has decided to do a thesis on blogs as yet 😉 They are too busy getting Doctorate degrees in Snowboarding and Lap Dancing.  (Don’t worry, the links are safe to view)  The average successful blog seems to be around 2 years, the overall average seems to be around 30 days (there are a lot of blogs started with enthusiasm, very few survive).

So how Stu’s Shed has survived to date can only be credited to one primary factor – the ongoing support of its readers.  Without you visiting and reading the site day in and day out (and interacting with both the site, and those businesses that are prepared to have their products seen and commented on) this site would not have survived this long.  It all helps as part of one big symbiotic relationship.

Each year I try to provide some statistics for how the site is progressing, but the one thing I am really struggling to determine is an overall word count.  I am pretty confident it well exceeds 1,000,000 words.  The average book runs 80000 words (give or take 20000), so this blog is somewhere the equivalent to 10 – 12 novels!  I’d settle for one 🙂

1700 posts
4000 comments
46 pages
4100 images
118 videos

Numerous tools covered, techniques tried, timbers sampled.

1,150,000 visitors plus 120 subscribers and an unknown number of feed readers.

So onward again to year 5 – hope you continue to share in the journey!

12 Responses

  1. Thanks for the link above to my Ethical Nag article on “Dr. Dude” – the world’s first PhD in snowboarding and yes, this is indeed true.

    Congrats on your four years of blogging. I’ve been at it since Sept ’09 – but at least I’ve made it past that first fateful 30 day mark!!
    Cheers,
    Carolyn

  2. Stu,
    Congrats on a job well done. You bring a smile often to my reading about woodowrking and sheds. I enjoy your subject diversity and objective viewpoint. Thanks, Jay

  3. A job well done !!! I always enjoy seeing what you have install for us. It must be a lot of effort to keep thinking of new content. Appreciated thanks.

    Greg

  4. hi stu.
    i have been a long time reader of this blog .
    i love it, i have it as one of my home pages.
    i love that you are not afraid to change any of your tools for the better. you dont mind cutting into a brand new festool boom arm as example.
    i like the diversity of your posts too.

    congrats on the 4 years and look forward to many more

  5. Well done I enjoy what you do.
    Keep it up I have learnt a lot. Your other side “Photography”

    Thanks Mate.

  6. Ihave not miss much in four years stu keep it up thanks bill

  7. Stu, your blog has lasted this long because what you do is interesting and relevant to us woodworkers. Well done and I hope you maintain your enthusiasm for many years to come.

  8. Stu,
    great site, keep up the good work.
    long live Stu`s shed.

  9. Thanks stu, top site, gratz on the milestone and hope the sites around for a long time.

  10. I love data and that was an especially satisfying post. Congrats on the longevity, I hope I can do as well. You should be very proud.

  11. Contrats on the great work.
    Great site and appreciate the work you put into it.

  12. You have one of the most interesting sites online. I enjoy reading it every week. Keep up the great work.

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