Early today I was doing something I do quite often: chatting with my friend Rob. As a result of that chat, I ended up checking the stats for my personal website just out of curiosity. Now, as you probably know, I don't have analytics on my site. The only way for me to know if people visit my site is to analyse the server logs. That's not something I do very often, maybe once or twice a year and that's usually because I'm talking about a related topic with someone.
And so I did that (site seems to do just fine btw, not that I care) and then for some reason I decided to open the Google Search Console. Now, for those of you who don't know, the Search Console is this tool that Google provides that allows you to see where and how your site is linked across the pages that has indexed as well as seeing what queries people have performed in relations to your content. It probably does many other things and I'm sure there's some SEO guru out there that's screaming at me right now because I don't understand how this Search Console actually works.
Anyway, I went in the console and checked the only few things I usually check there: what sites link to my site (which is how I usually discover if some of you lovely people have wrote something about my blog or have mentioned me) and what kind of queries have lead to people visiting my site.
This last one thing is the main reason for this blog post. Here's how the results look like:
Doesn't take a genius to see that there's a trend there. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not going to complain about people finding my blog when looking for minimal email clients or minimal browsers. But it is interesting to see that that's what people are after when it comes to content.
A more marketing oriented person would probably see an opportunity there and say I should write more about this topic. I'm not that person. As a matter of fact, I'm quite the opposite. All this (waves hands furiously towards the screen) is not a marketing operation nor a personal brand operation. I don't do any of this because of the potential return. I do this because it's fun.
But still, it is interesting that so many of you are interested in this topic of minimalism in technology. Which makes me think that there are many of us that are currently struggling to find a good balance between the digital and the "real" world. That's a topic worth exploring. Hell maybe I'll do end up writing more on the subject. Who knows.
Anyway, if you're one of those people that are interested in the topic, get in touch. Let me know why, let me know what you're after.