I launched VCritical back in September 2008 — hard to believe it’s been a year already. Thanks to the initial support from top bloggers like Duncan Epping, I was off to a solid start. I really appreciate all the visits, links, and comments from the global virtualization community. I was also pleased to add eG Innovations as the first sponsor and may consider adding additional sponsors going forward.
Based on feedback and subscriber/reader metrics, the current blend of technical and competitive articles seems to be about right, so I plan to generally keep doing things the way I have for the foreseeable future.
I welcome any comments on the type of content you would like to see on VCritical — feel free to leave your thoughts below.
As the following chart illustrates, I have been fortunate to experience month-over-month growth since inception.
My current policy is to not publicly disclose traffic statistics, but for perspective, each y-axis tick represents multi-thousands of page views. I use several methods to measure statistics and this WordPress Stats module is the most conservative — it only measures actual blog page views from real users.
I started out with self-hosted WordPress as the platform for VCritical and have not regretted that decision once. I did, however, need to change hosting companies twice in the past year. That was painful, but now I’ve settled on what seems to be a sufficiently robust provider — you get what you pay for. Thankfully, the cost is more than covered by Google ads and sponsorship.
The virtualization space is really starting to heat up — I look forward to the next round. Stay tuned.