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A review of 2016 on The Spurs Report — numbers, analysis, top posts and thanks

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As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to do a quick post summing up the year on The Spurs Report. It’s been quite a year, with new people stumbling upon this curious little corner of the Spurs blogosphere every day.

In total, there have been nearly 200,000 views (197,447 at the time of writing) in the year to date — this compares with less than 20,000 in 2015. That’s significant growth, particularly as I haven’t posted anything new since taking a break in November.

While that’s a drop in the ocean in comparison to the traffic of bigger football blogs, and the clickbait merchants who harvest other people’s content and manufacture audiences in a fraud against advertisers and fans alike, to me this seems like an awful lot of people coming to read my occasional ramblings on Spurs.

The main referrer was Twitter, with 42,098 views, followed by Facebook (28,921), Reddit (17,257) and NewsNow (14,520). I don’t use Facebook, but really should start considering it — my pieces have only been shared a handful of times, but each one brought a large volume of new Spurs fans to my blog. Thank you to those who have shared on Facebook. As you can see from the Top 10 articles below, the biggest driver has been pieces on the stadium — there’s a hunger for information on this project.

This time a year ago, I had around 300 Twitter followers — it’s now over 3,400. Again, it’s nothing compared to the bigger beasts, but growing a readership is hard without influential friends or the backing of a news organisation or other type of network. This blog and my Twitter account now have a healthy following among Spurs fans — I hugely appreciate the help I’ve received in the past year from some of the prominent members of the Spurs community (Alan Fisher, Dan Kilpatrick and Martin Cloake amongst others) in sharing my work.

It makes a profound difference, and I try to follow the same good example when new bloggers ask me for help in turn. I’m not followed by many of the elite football Twitterati, and my blogs don’t get shared around or linked to by bigger sites — this is a resolutely niche Spurs blog. But so long as Spurs fans keep on discovering this blog and joining in the conversation, I’ll keep writing it.

Thank you all for your continued readership, comments, insight and feedback. The blogosphere and Twitter can be a rough place, but 99% of the time I find the conversations I have with other Spurs fans positive, informative and enjoyable. I just love talking (OK, sometimes ranting) about Spurs.

I’ve been working on another writing project in recent months — something utterly un-Spurs related — as well as trying to balance new work commitments. But I plan to resume blogging in 2017: the itch to get back to it is proving almost unendurable.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.

Charles

 

The 10 most viewed pieces of 2016 were as follows:

1) Spurs stadium update: New information on capacity, design and other details, plus analysis of timeline and finances (21,759)

A summer news wrap with exclusive information on the stadium design and construction.

2) Big but not ‘big, big’: The football media struggles to come to terms with Tottenham’s narrative-busting success (18,363)

A rant about the football media, in which I said rude things about Jamie Redknapp.

3) The Pochettino Revolution: How Tottenham were transformed from also-rans to title contenders (14,980)

A feature on Mauricio Pochettino and his work at Spurs. A labour of love, and the feedback to this one made it 100% worth the time spent on it. Have a read if you haven’t yet.

4) The £300 million funding question and the dangers of “doing an Arsenal” — New Spurs Stadium Deep Dive (Part 1) (13,757)

My first major stadium piece, examining the financial side of Tottenham’s stadium plans.

5) Deep Dive: Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge redevelopment — Trying to keep the train on the tracks (9,927)

A look at Chelsea’s stadium plans, and the huge headaches our rivals face in securing planning consent.

6) Tottenham’s most expensive signing, relative to revenue (8,428)

A look at the relative cost of signing players in the wake of the Paul Pogba deal. A bit of fun, this one was picked up quite widely on non-Spurs Twitter.

7) New stadium update: ‘More or less’ on time and budget, 500 White Hart Lane, the NFL gamble explained, and more (7,115)

The most recent stadium news piece. I’m hoping to do another one in January or February as there have been one or two new lines since this was published.

8) The balancing act: Can Spurs find a way to remain competitive through the stadium construction phase? (6,684)

An assessment of THFC’s finances and what impact the stadium spend will have. Somewhat technical, but some good numbers in there.

9) Naming rights and wrongs: Tottenham begin the search for stadium sponsorship deals (6,254)

A look at the stadium sponsor market, and a warning for fans not to expect too much.

10) Spurs take a gamble on the NFL — New Stadium Deep Dive (Part 2) (5,886)

A long piece (in hindsight, too long…) on the relationship between Spurs and the NFL. We’ve had more insight into it since this was published.

As you can see from this list, the stadium dominates. But encouragingly, many of these pieces are longer ones that took a lot of time and effort — there’s an appetite for detail.

Thanks for reading, please follow me on Twitter for more Spurs-related chat.

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Winter break: Links and recent articles

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I’m taking a break from this blog in order to focus on some other writing.

There’s no timetable on when I’ll resume: I find it hard to resist writing about Spurs, but resist I must for the time being.

While I’m gone, here are links to some of my recent pieces. There’s plenty of good stuff on a variety of topics. Dig in.

If you’ve not read it yet, I’d strongly recommend my long read on Mauricio Pochettino and his work at Spurs. It’s well worth 10 minutes of your time.

I’ll still be talking nonsense on Twitter regularly, so do join me over there if you don’t already do so.

Deep Dives

The balancing act: Can Spurs find a way to remain competitive through the stadium construction phase?

The Pochettino Revolution: How Tottenham were transformed from also-rans to title contenders

General Spurs stuff

Half-full, or half-empty? Nine games gone and Tottenham’s performance is however you want to see it

Is Mauricio Pochettino’s reputation for ‘giving the kids a chance’ deserved? A Q&A with @thfcacademy

The power of incentives and why Spurs are finally in a position to achieve success

Godspeed, Ryan Mason — One of our own

Curtain raiser: The case for Spurs in 2016/17

Media stuff

Big but not ‘big, big’: The football media struggles to come to terms with Tottenham’s narrative-busting success

What is behind the great Premier League switch-off?

How many people actually watch Spurs on TV? Audience analysis of the 2015/16 season
The Premier League Goes Global — And Leaves UK Fans Behind (The Cauldron)

Stadium stuff

New stadium update: ‘More or less’ on time and budget, 500 White Hart Lane, the NFL gamble explained, and more

Naming rights and wrongs: Tottenham begin the search for stadium sponsorship deals
Spurs stadium update: New information on capacity, design and other details, plus analysis of timeline and finances

As Spurs stadium rises, NFL moves closer to announcing London team

Spurs stadium update: New information on capacity, design and other details, plus analysis of timeline and finances

Money Stuff

Tottenham’s most expensive signing, relative to revenue

Fun with numbers: How the new stadium will enable Spurs to join the Premier League’s £1 billion club

Waiting for the revolution to happen: Analysis of THFC’s financial results for the 2014/15 season

Thanks for reading. Please follow me on Twitter for more Spurs chat.

Housekeeping post: Links to recent articles on external sites and upcoming work

I’ve done a few articles elsewhere over the past month. I’m posting this up as much as a reminder to myself in terms of future linking, but please do check them out.

I’ve got a couple of new articles in the pipeline — I’m aiming to publish one on Wednesday.

I recently recorded a podcast with the chaps from Football and Football — that should hopefully be up in a few weeks.

By the way, it’s been a big month for this little blog. Visitors soared after my stadium pieces (here and here), and my Twitter followers are up from less than 200 before January to 750+ now. A small but growing audience, and consistently great interaction on Twitter — I’m really enjoying it at the moment. So thanks to you all for your readership, retweeting and responses.

The Tottenham Way

Chadli key to Spurs success after striker no-show

Tottenham’s display more significant than Dele Alli’s moment of magic

Fortune favours Eriksen on return to centre stage

Five lessons from Leicester for Mauricio Pochettino

I also did a Q&A over at Salut! Sunderland