Exactly one year ago Jaap Wesselius and I decided to give our Hyper-V.nu site a new look and we started to combine our blogs. On April 1st, Peter Noorderijk and Maarten Wijsman joined the team and started writing their blogs for Hyper-V.nu. Jaap is primarily occupied with Exchange but writes an occasional blog. We all have busy jobs in IT and sometimes find it hard to find the time to not only do research but also write a good blog. Nevertheless we find blogging very rewarding.
Personally I have spent most of my time in the previous 8 months focusing on my new consultancy job at INOVATIV and writing my chapters for Microsoft Private Cloud Computing which will be released shortly after final release of System Center 2012. Expect the book to show up towards the end of May 2012. Now the majority of this work is finished I promise to start blogging again.
Even though our contributions have been minimal in the last few months, the site has received a very warm welcome from you. I am happy to share a few statistics with you.
In the past year Hyper-V.nu attracted over 180,000 visitors responsible for just under 500,000 pageviews. In the last months alone we have attracted 30,000 visitors with an average of 1,000 visitors per day.
The Hyper-V.nu team is very fortunate with this overwhelming interest from you. It is a sign that Hyper-V is picking up tremendously. Therefore – on behalf of the team – I’d like to thank you for your support!
When you study the daily chart over the last year, you can see two notable busy days. The first peak was in the week of //build (September 2011) which introduced Windows 8 Developer’s Preview and in the first week of March 2012 when Microsoft made Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) available. As expected, there was a huge interest in the new Windows version and specifically the new version of Hyper-V in Windows 8.
In terms of reach, I have only found less than 10 countries in the world without any visitors. Of course United States and Europe are top visitors and we even have one visitor from Greenland. We can also conclude there are no Hyper-V enthusiasts in the ‘Heart of Darkness’ as Joseph Conrad called the darker parts of Africa.
The majority of our readers are in the United States and Europe which is not very surprising. Although Hyper-V.nu started as a Dutch Hyper-V User Group, we quickly decided to start blogging in English to increase our reach. Even our last event was held entirely in English focusing on a broader audience than simply on the people in our little frog land.
As a result we began to attract a few companies who wanted to advertise on our site. We welcome a limited number of advertisers because we don’t want to distract from our Hyper-V focus too much.
To conclude, I will share the top 10 most popular blog posts:
Apart from the front door to our site (/) there was huge interest in our description how to boot Windows 8 off a VHD keeping your current OS in tact. If we add up the blogs for both the Developer Preview and Consumer Preview these pages were viewed 28,030 times. I must admit I have revisited this blog several times myself whenever I needed to rebuild my Windows 8 with Boot from VHD.
The other topics that were popular were HP Virtual Connect, NIC Teaming, Networking in general, Windows 8 and Bare Metal Deployment in VMM 2012. There will be some spectacular content on this topic in our book Microsoft Private Cloud Computing which deals with all the practical steps to setup a a private cloud.