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Our 150th post – New writer, news and numbers

2 Comments 23 November 2010

I can haz invisibul bike? Our new writer doesn't care about physics | Photo by Matti Keltanen

We posted our first post on June 27th this year, and during that week we got a massive 45 visits to our seven posts. That was cool. We didn’t have any expectations (.. and we still don’t) about writing this lovely hobby of ours, but things have been going up.

There have been clear things that I’ve noticed happening: Such as people talk about our blog in public, seeing that my colleagues and friends have started following and reacting to the stuff we write, but only those who are interested in the topic (so they’re not just doing it because we’re friends). We also have gotten in touch with a lot of great (bike) bloggers who have become our friends and sounding boards.

Our numbers from Google Analytics

There has also been quite a change in the traffic lately. Which I didn’t think too much before our pals at Kaupunkifillari posted their visitor numbers and other statistics about their site, and to me, they are the biggest blog in the scene in Finland and they have close to a 1000 fans on their Facebook page (for example).

But, to my really big surprise it turned out that we are actually getting more traffic than that awesome and well put-together blog. This might actually mean that we are the biggest bike blog in Finland, I’m pretty sure we’re the biggest English-language bike blog in Finland – and all this in only five months! Thank you!

Some interesting facts from the analytics:

  • Finland and USA bring in most visitors, although the US will surpass Finland in the next weeks
  • Next up are the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada – Hello mates!
  • Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy are the other biker countries that follow us so we have a very international crowd here people from 81 countries visited us in the last month!
  • We still get a great lot of new traffic while our returning readers are slowly growing in number, which makes us feel really nice and fuzzy inside

Saving the best for last, we have another surprise for you as well. In order to serve our North American readership better and to bring more sexual equality (and beauty) We are lucky to bring in a new writer into the Coming Thru mix. A fantastic Canadian woman and a prolific writer who just spent the last summer riding down from Scotland all the way down to Southern England – and we will reveal more of her in a special post just before her first post.

Ride on people and thanks again for reading!

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Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.

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Coming Thru (or Coming Through - as that URL was taken) is a daily updated bike magazine - a collection of writings and links that relate to biking in its every form. The idea started from when Maarten met Markus decided to finally start collecting the things we like about bikes and talk about our everyday adventures in dodging moving objects at high speeds.The site is run by a collage of cyclists, most notably by Canadian Johanna MacDonald, Belgian Maarten Patteeuw and Finnish Markus Sandelin.

It all started in the spring of 2010, after a record breaking snowy winter when Markus bought a house 25 kilometers from the office and decided to handle the commuting with a bicycle. It turned out the bike wasn’t up to standards for that kind of stress and the first weeks were more tragicomic than glorious. Thus the idea began to brew to actually document this journey.

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