We're planning to return to North Wales this year; we
last visited this lovely scenic area way back in 2001 and figure we're
well overdue for a visit. More details in the coming months, in
the meantime you may like to view that previous visit to North Wales...
We holidayed in the Buckinghamshire area last year and
visited somewhere we've been meaning to visit for some time - Bletchley Park, the famous WW2
code breaking site and the adjacent Museum of Computing. And
being keen on walking we did some walks, took a ride on the narrow-gauge Buzz Railway
and visited The
Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire.
Check our tourist
related resources to our visits.
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Please note - we're no longer posting an annual
report but we'll leave our last report here for reference.
2016 - report for 2015...
At the beginning of each new year we check our site's performance over
the previous year by analysing our Google Analytics website statistics
and ... the downward trend in visitor numbers of the last few years
continue. Now we identified the cause a while back - our by-now
dated site doesn't fit in well on mobile devices increasingly used over
the traditional desktop/laptop for web browsing. Google gives
most of our site pages a speed score of 96% for larger screens but only
63% for mobile, which translates into lower rankings on mobile device
searches - yes, we have a problem!
Under our website's hood we've improved things a little,
but without a modern responsive design we're somewhat snookered.
And bringing our site up-to-date with this would take one hell of A LOT
of work! For example, most of our gallery images - all carefully
optimised when created down the years - would need to be resized; and,
without getting too technical, there's things like configuring the
viewport, sizing tap targets, legible font sizes and close proximity
links - oh my! And apart from this there's social media
integration; at the very minimum we'd need a Facebook and Twitter
presence plus the ongoing time hit administering posts and tweets.
Now if this were a commercial site providing an income
stream we'd outsource the work. So do we spend a huge amount of
time on what is fundamentally a labour of love? Unfortunately the
answer is no, what with having to earn a living and other interests
there's no way we have the required time. So apart from some
ongoing tweaking here and there the site will stay as it is. We
still get some very respectable search rankings, yes, even on mobile
devices so it's not all doom and gloom!
Right, let's now take a quick look at site usage pattens
We added demographics reporting to the site analytics
early last year and see our peak audience age band is 35-44 of which
58% is male. The Chrome browser is most popular at 39%, with
Safari at 25%, IE 16% and Firefox 12%. 36% of visitors now access
from a mobile or tablet of which the Apple iPad accounts for 35% and
iPhone 21%; this is another year-on-year drop as Android grabs ever
more market share. Our top search queries include 'amazon world
isle of wight', 'york centre', then numerous PMR radio review
terms. Our most visited pages (apart from the home and image index pages) are: Duxford, Cotswolds, talkie walkie radios review,
and Isle of Wight, much the
same pattern as in previous years. And to end on a heartening
note, visitors spend the time to read our pages judging from the avg.
time on page figures.