Friday, February 6, 2015

February 27th will mark the sixth anniversary of Reprographics 101 (Blog statistics mentioned)

Well, don’t let that influence you to send me a congratulatory e-mail on this historic (err, hysterical) achievement, for I already get a lot of useless, mindless e-mails in my inbox every day.

When I first set up the Reprographics 101 Blog, I managed to figure out (with some help from a Google support person) how to set up Google- Analytics to track blog-visitor activity.  I don’t profess to be an expert in Google Analytics – how it works, how it captures information, and whether that information is reliable, or not reliable. But, it’s free to use, so I use it.  Since first setting-up Google-Analytics, Google’s made several changes, so, the information I used to get isn’t the same information I now get.  (I do not like “progress”, inasmuch as “progress” always seems to results in changes that are less than desirable.)

When you read the statistics I’m going to show below, keep in mind the following:

During 2011, Google-Analytics’ tracking of my blog stopped working for a period of 4, 5 or 6 months.  (I don’t know, exactly, how long “tracking” was off, but I do know that it was off …. and that was totally aggravating, if not thoroughly annoying.  I managed, somehow, to get it turned back on.)

Beginning on August 1, 2012 and running through about May 25th, 2013, Reprographics 101 was published on the IRgA web-site instead of on its own.  (I was the Managing Director of the IRgA during that period and volunteered to publish the blog on the IRgA web-site in an attempt to held rebuild interest in visiting the IRgA web-site.)

Blog Statistics, so far….

“PAGEVIEWS” (snapshot on Feb 6, 2015)

Pageviews today
Pageviews yesterday
Pageviews last month
Pageviews all time history*
*The number of PageViews reported by Google does not include (a) the number of pageviews that occurred during the period Google-Analytics was turned off or (b) the number of pageviews that occurred during the eleven month period Repro 101 was published on the IRgA web-site.  Considering the latter, I’m going to guess that Reprographics 101 has had at least 500,000 PageViews since it was first founded.


Per Google, I’ve put up *1,809 posts on Reprographics 101.

This does not include approximately 200 posts that were published during the time that Repro 101 was published on the IRgA web-site.  (I’m too lazy to go back and count the number of posts that were on Repro 101 when it was published on  But, if I added those posts to the posts that were published directly on Repro 101, the total number comes to *over 2,000 posts since Repro 101 was first founded.

So, over 2,000 posts and around 500,000 pageviews.  (As many of my friends would put it, BFD.)


Earlier on, Google-Analytics, before some of Google’s aggravating, annoying changes were made, used to report which countries blog-visitors came from, and, from the earlier-on reports, I am aware that Reprographics 101 has been paid visits by people from over 75 different countries.  It’s now impossible for me to tell where Repro 101 visitors are coming from, since Google-Analytics now only reports the top 10 countries.  The heaviest traffic is (obviously) from visitors in the U.S. Second is traffic from the U.K.  Followed by countries in Western, Eastern, and Central Europe and Scandinavia.

“POSTs OF NOTE” (as best I can recall)

Reprographics 101 “broke the news” of Xerox’s decision to discontinue selling wide-format equipment in the U.S.  (Of course, that was before Xerox got back into the wide-format equipment business with its Memjet-enabled IJP 2000.)

Reprographics 101 “broke the news” that ServicePoint US had shut down.  Right after that news broke, we collaborated with the Boston Business Journal on the story the Journal wrote about the ServicePoint US shutdown.

Reprographics 101 was one of the first reprographics-industry news sites to cover the introduction of HP PageWide wide-format technology.  (HP invited me to attend the unveiling.)  Since then, Reprographics 101 has had the widest (and, IMHO, the most interesting) coverage of HP PageWide wide-format, and, we’ve done that because we think HP’s PageWide wide-format systems are going to be a game-changer in our industry.

Reprographics 101 extensively covered the collapse of ServicePoint’s business in Europe, the resulting bankruptcy, the spin-off of its business units and about the entry of The Paragon Group into the reprographics business.  (SP was the 2nd largest reprographics company in the world, prior to the ___ hitting the fan.)

Reprographics 101 conducted reprographics-industry surveys; this, to fill in when the IRgA was reeling and basically inactive.

Reprographics 101 published the PPoP Index (plans printed on paper) in an effort to enable reprographers to track how they were doing vs. the index.  (Virtually no one pays any attention to that index, even though all should.)

Blog Publisher’s comments:

As I mentioned a few months ago, Reprographics 101 is slowing down.  With the rebirth of the IRgA (thanks to Ed Avis, who’s doing an absolutely marvelous job with the IRgA web-site), I’m not posting everything that I come across; I’m referring stuff to Ed to post and write about.  It’s my way of supporting the IRgA.

Finally, on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the Reprographics 101 Blog, I would like to thank all of you – who’ve been visiting the Blog – for taking the time to do that. And, I would also like to thank those of you – and there have been many of you – who’ve reached out to me with news to put up on the blog.

No comments:

Post a Comment