50. 50 days of Paper Blogging

Wednesday November 24th 2021

For 50 days now I've been keeping this small daily blog to document the day-to-day activities of the tiny internet projects I've built.

I write every word using pen and paper, then convert it into a website using Paper Website. I'm currently sat at a kitchen table with a coffee writing in a notebook.

Hello there!
Hello there!

Nearly everyday since September 13th I've blasted some thoughts out onto a piece of paper and let the internet read it - so I thought this would be a good time to look over the statistics, and share some thoughts on writing using a Paper Website.

Paper Website Stats

First off, the project that I'm working on to write this blog, Paper Website, is sitting at $2520/year in subscriptions - this comes from 18 annual plans, and 6 monthly ones.

The website has had 22,000 users, with a conversion rate of 0.14% - I think this lower than it should be and want to improve it.

Blog Stats

This blog you're reading now has had 1.9k people read it, and 11k page views. This has mostly been organic through a link on my main Tiny Projects blog (I don't really share these posts anywhere).

On average 337 people check out this blog each week - which is awesome. 25 days ago, this was at 82 weekly users.

The daily micro-newsletter for this blog that I send out when I release a new post has 33 subscribers, with an average open rate of ~70%.

The most popular post is #42: All my stats from a viral product launch on Twitter - with 358 views.

Thoughts on Paper Blogging

Writing this daily blog is great - it's a perfect start to the day for me, and really helps me plan out what I want to get done when I build projects. It also helps me stay accountable - I genuinely feel guilty if I miss a day (like I did yesterday - oops).

The paper aspect helps me focus. Guaranteed, if I was writing this on a laptop I'd have a tab with Twitter open. I spend so much time in front of a computer each day, it's nice to do an activity without a screen.

There's something about this method that is quite liberating - I worry less about what I write because it's just a stream from my brain to my page each day. I edit it only very slightly - this has allowed me to produce a vast quantity of words and posts much greater than if I kept editing and re-editing every sentence in Google Docs.

This process is not for everyone - and I'm obviously very biased, but I love it! I can't wait to report back at 100 posts.

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