The amount of time you can:
- Serve one term as President of the United States
- Finish high school
- Complete a university degree
- Train for the next Olympic games
Four years ago today The Wonder of Tech was launched. I still remember how scared I was to click the Publish button for the first time. My dear friend Rachel talked me through it, encouraging me to be brave enough to let the world read what I had written. Butterflies still flutter in my stomach every time I hit Publish, though I don’t need to be talked into it any more.
Good thing for Rachel that I don’t have to bug her about giving me confidence to publish anymore. This article marks the 765th one I’ve published here and that would be quite pesky of me to call her every time…
The Wonder of Tech in 2014
The Wonder of Tech experienced tremendous growth last year in both readership and subscribers. The number of subscribers doubled and the overall traffic was up 21% from 2013, with traffic more than doubling from the previous year in August through December.
The 10 most popular Wonder of Tech articles for 2014 were:
- How To Find Out What Google Knows About You
- Have a Spook-tacular Halloween with Pinterest!
- Hack Attack! What to Do if Your Email is Hacked
- Portable North Pole: Santa’s Personal Video for You!
- The Creepiest or Coolest iPhone Feature You Didn’t Know About — And How to Opt Out
- Marlee Signs – Learn Sign Language from an App!
- In Flight: See Every Plane in the Air Right Now
- Warm Up to a Virtual Fireplace
- 10 Features My Galaxy S3 Has that Your iPhone Doesn’t
- Do Not Disturb – The iPhone Feature You Should Be Using
The articles with the most traffic in 2014 were published in all four years of this site’s existence: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Topics ranged from apps to privacy to holiday tech and more.
When I publish an article I never know how popular it will be and now I get why I’m confused: there doesn’t seem to be a common thread to the most popular articles.
Visitors came from 211 countries to The Wonder of Tech in 2014 with the most visitors coming from:
- United States
- United Kingdom
The biggest sources of traffic to The Wonder of Tech:
- Google Search
- Yahoo Search
- Google Image Search
- Google Plus
Check out The Wonder of Tech Annual Report 2014 to see stats in a more entertaining format.
In September, with the help of my dear friend and superhero Ashvini Kumar Saxena, The Wonder of Tech got a complete makeover with a new theme and new look. Perhaps this overhaul contributed to the massive growth in readers and subscribers towards the end of the year?
About The Wonder of Tech Now
My goal at The Wonder of Tech is to help readers learn about tech that can help you in your daily life. I don’t accept advertising or sponsored articles, though I receive offers for these nearly every day.
So long as an article helps at least one person, my job is done, though no one will be interested in every article. If you own an iPhone you’ll want to know about iOS apps, but you may not care about Android phone reviews. But I hope that no matter what your interests you find plenty of articles that are helpful to you and perhaps even a bit entertaining.
Articles are published three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I haven’t missed a day yet, though there are times when circumstances seem to demand I do so. Writing about tech requires concentration and focus so can be a respite from challenges of daily life. I plan to continue my MWF publications as long as I can. There’s too much tech to write about to reduce to a twice weekly schedule!
Friends of The Wonder of Tech
It takes a village to run a blog and The Wonder of Tech is no exception. I couldn’t do this alone and I’m very grateful to those of you who make The Wonder of Tech possible:
- You, the readers, who are the reason I run this site
- People who share my articles with others
- Commenters who share their thoughts to generate a conversation here
- People who ask questions, providing the best inspiration for article ideas
- People who suggest apps, websites, gadgets and other tech for me to cover
- Developers who contact me about their exciting tech
- People who let me know that they’ve been helped by The Wonder of Tech
Last year was a banner year for The Wonder of Tech, though not for some of my friends who write blogs. Many of my cherished blogging buddies announced they were giving up their blogs in 2014, making the blogosphere a lonelier place. It’s a bit like a friend moving away to a new town, you promise you’ll stay in touch but somehow things aren’t the same.
Other blogging buddies took an exciting new direction in 2014. Harleena Singh of AHA-Now! revamped her site, adding a community of forum boards and guest bloggers, and featuring her most valued readers in a monthly GEMs of AHA-Now! series.
Adrienne Smith of adriennesmith.net and Engagement Superstar, launched a new product to help others learn to build a blogging community and changed her publication schedule at her blog to once a week on Mondays from twice a week.
Where The Wonder of Tech Goes from Here
The Wonder of Tech continues to inspire me, combining my passions for tech, writing and helping others. As The Wonder of Tech is growing strong, so is my desire to continue to bring you the best tech I can find.
Because my goal is to help readers, I want to hear from you about what you want to see here at The Wonder of Tech. Please vote in the poll to let me know what you want to see here. You can vote for as many answers as you’d like:
Please join in this blogiversary celebration and share with us in the Comments section below your thoughts about The Wonder of Tech. Which topics are your favorite? What interests you most? Has The Wonder of Tech ever helped you? Do you have any article ideas for The Wonder of Tech? What changes would you like to see here?
Thank you for being a valued reader!
* Fireworks image (edited) courtesy of Scott Cresswell via Flickr and Creative Commons