First year of VCritical

I launched VCritical back in September 2008 — hard to believe it’s been a year already.  Thanks to the initial support from top bloggers like Duncan Epping, I was off to a solid start.  I really appreciate all the visits, links, and comments from the global virtualization community.  I was also pleased to add eG Innovations as the first sponsor and may consider adding additional sponsors going forward.

Content

Based on feedback and subscriber/reader metrics, the current blend of technical and competitive articles seems to be about right, so I plan to generally keep doing things the way I have for the foreseeable future.

I welcome any comments on the type of content you would like to see on VCritical — feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Traffic

As the following chart illustrates, I have been fortunate to experience month-over-month growth since inception.

First year of VCritical traffic

My current policy is to not publicly disclose traffic statistics, but for perspective, each y-axis tick represents multi-thousands of page views.  I use several methods to measure statistics and this WordPress Stats module is the most conservative — it only measures actual blog page views from real users.

Blog Infrastructure

I started out with self-hosted WordPress as the platform for VCritical and have not regretted that decision once.  I did, however, need to change hosting companies twice in the past year.  That was painful, but now I’ve settled on what seems to be a sufficiently robust provider — you get what you pay for.  Thankfully, the cost is more than covered by Google ads and sponsorship.

Thanks

The virtualization space is really starting to heat up — I look forward to the next round.  Stay tuned.

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13 comments

  1. mylvisaker’s avatar

    Eric – Congratulations on a year of blogging! I’ve enjoyed your posts.

    1. Eric Gray’s avatar

      Mark, thanks. Good talking to you at VMworld last month.

      Vladan, you’ve built up quite a powerful resource site, keep on blogging!

      Neil, glad to hear you find it useful.

      Things should really pick up soon now that VMware competitors are finally getting to circa 2006 features and functionality. No problem. To quote from one of the all-time best movies, Ben Hur, “Ramming speed!”

      Eric

    2. Vladan’s avatar

      Eric,

      Congrats… -:) Keep working… I know it’s hard sometimes, get’s the inspiration and time to write….

      But when I look at my stats and I see that my work actually gets read by thousands of people every day, it pushes me even futher…..

    3. Neil’s avatar

      Eric – Well done. You have a refreshing view & commentary on the VI space. Keep up the great work.

    4. Ian K’s avatar

      Congrats Eric. Excellent posts day in and day out.

      1. Eric Gray’s avatar

        Thanks, Ian. I do enjoy reading your blog as well.

      2. Steven Ruby’s avatar

        Big Time Blog you got here Eric! I am not so sure on your all-time best movie (Ben Hur) statement though.

      3. Fernando’s avatar

        Keep up the good work Eric.

        1. Eric Gray’s avatar

          Steve, glad to have you as a reader. Almost makes me miss the good old days at WNI. Note that I said almost. 🙂

          Thanks, Fernando — I have appreciated your participation in the discussions.

        2. Steven RUby’s avatar

          Yeah you are really missing WNI. Lot’s of exciting stuff going on if you speak Japanese.

        3. NiTRo’s avatar

          happy blogday Eric, keep talking about M$ 😀

          1. Eric Gray’s avatar

            Thanks, NiTRo. You got it!

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