The Last Post for 2022
As I always do, I’m taking this last post of 2022 to extend thanks and holiday greetings to the readership of Pickled Wings.
If you’ve followed me for several years already, thank you for your continued readership. If you’ve started following in 2022, thanks for coming on board and I hope you will stay for a long time to come.
Time to Reflect
The November/December timeframe of 2022 marked the tenth anniversary of Pickled Wings and my other website, Beyond Prague. I started building the websites at the urging of a friend and never imagined they’d become the long lasting and satisfying hobby that they have become.
Let’s take a look at where Pickled Wings is after ten years:
For most of the website’s existance, it was a free sub-domain of WordPress. A few years ago, I decided I’d put enough work into it and it had developed enough of a following for me to justify buying a top level domain name for it.
A few years ago, I decided to connect the website to social media via Facebook and Twitter. While Facebook works well enough, having Twitter really didn’t make any difference. In 2022, I shut down the Twitter connection and replaced it with Instagram. So far, Instagram is working better than Twitter did for bringing extra traffic to the website
After ten years, the top five most viewed pages on the site are:
- MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MIG-19 “FARMER” – THE FORGOTTEN MIG
- SUKHOI SU-7 “FITTER” – FAST AND FIENDISH
- LET L-13 BLANÍK – GLIDING GLOBALLY
- SCHNEIDER GRUNAU BABY – A SOARING SENSATION
- SAAB J-35 DRAKEN – THE SCANDINAVIAN SURPRISE
The top five countries for vistors to the site are:
- United States
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
The Way from Here
I don’t plan any big changes to the way I do things on the website, the current formula works well to bring in a steady flow of visitors to keep things from stagnating.
2022 saw me buy a new camera with better zoom capabilities than my previous one. Hopefully, that will translate into better and closer images of aircraft in flight.
At that, I close the hangar doors on 2022 and thank you once again for your readership.
Happy holidays and a joyous New Year!