7 Years of Transit Blogging!

2015-blog-anniversary

Today marks the seventh year that I’ve been blogging about public transit, and I’ve certainly come a long way since I started blogging back in 2008. I’ve been able to not only profile transit happenings in my city of Tampa, FL, but also surrounding communities like St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, and even Orlando and Tallahassee. I’ve also been routinely blogging on transit happenings in Norfolk, VA and Paris, France. Later this year, I plan to begin blogging about transit happenings in my home country of the Philippines, beginning with a post about how Manila’s metropolitan urban rail lines are gradually converting over to a “Tap and Go” fare payment system, the same type of fare payment system that you see on Orlando’s SunRail, as well as on the bus and urban rail system in Chicago, IL via Ventra.

For those of you who haven’t followed my blog for a long time, you may not know what inspired me to start this blog in the first place. It was really a combination of a few sources of inspiration that led me to start blogging about public transit, and then transforming my blog into a full-fledged website. First is my long time love for transportation as a whole. Since I was a child, I was always fascinated with transportation, including airports, bridges, roadways, interchanges, tunnels, and rail lines. When I began using my county’s bus system (HART) in 2006, because I didn’t have a car, I quickly fell in love with public transit and wanted to find a way to be able to blog about it. I didn’t know where to start though. That leads me to my second inspiration; an online discussion bulletin board (or online forum) called SkyScraperCity; where I gained a lot of inspiration from their members to finally start up my original transit blog in 2008, which at the time I named the Tampa Transit Utopia Discussion. I later changed the blog’s name to The Transit Blog by HARTride 2012 as I began to expand on what topics I blogged about.

In 2009, I was approached by a transit bus operator who was in the process of moving back up north to Pittsburgh, PA after spending some time in my area. He asked me to take over a hobby site that was dedicated to showcasing the history through photos of HART, by which he had lost interest in. I did not hesitate to accept his offer and I quickly expanded the scope of my blog to include the new site. It was certainly a struggle trying to get the website online and be able to expand it, but once I got established with it, I was pretty much on a good pace with things. That same year, I began to blog about the transit system in Paris, France, and in 2011, I began blogging about transit in the New York City metro area. Both expansions allowed me to blog on a broader range of topics, including fare evasion. In 2012, I learned that a neighboring transit agency (PSTA) was using WordPress to host their blog. I also learned from a college classmate about how WordPress was very easy to use and displayed detailed stats. So I gave WordPress a try, and boy did it allow me to do a lot! I was able to finally integrate my full website into WordPress and have it operate as a single site with my blog. No more having to deal with switching between two different interfaces, no more having to deal with ultra low space limits, and above all…no more having to tell my readers about two different web addresses to go to and bookmark. Upon the merger of my blog and website into one host, I renamed my site to Public Transit as told by HARTride 2012.

In 2013, my website and blogging expansion continued with the addition of Norfolk, VA. A year later, 2014, I expanded to two other Floridian cities; Orlando and Tallahassee, and I gained inspiration from a fellow transit advocate to create the No Tax for Tracks Hillsborough Truth Page. Now while life has gotten in the way of me being able to reorganize my website, it is something that I haven’t given up. Later this year, I will be making my site more uniform in the way it looks, as well as completing unfinished sections and building my new Asia Transports area. I also plan to restart my Transit 101 education series to give new transit riders an overview on how to use transit, as well as continue to expand my Alternative Fueled Vehicles page. In the meantime, my main focus is on completing my latest blog series that is focused on my county’s transportation public outreach process, Go Hillsborough. This series called, This is Go Hillsborough is in it’s second of six blog posts, with a third to be published very soon. I might also publish some follow up posts after the outreach process is finished.

I hope to be able to keep on blogging for another seven years at least. There’s just too much at stake when it comes to transit, including funding and political issues. Because of this, I have been gradually transitioning to an activist role, participating more in advocating for better public transit in Tampa Bay, as well as in Hampton Roads, VA. I want to thank everyone who has played a role in inspiring me to create and grow my website and blog, as well as thank all of my readers for stopping by to read my posts and website content. I truly hope to be able to one day have my own domain name for this site. It is something that I have been floating around for the past couple of years now, but haven’t been able to do due to the costs involved with keeping a dedicated domain name. Sometimes domain names can get quite expensive.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, or…if you want to contribute some transit photos. 🙂 You can also follow me on Facebook at /HARTride2012Tampa and /notaxfortrackshillsborough, on Twitter @TampaBayTransit and @ntfth_truthpage, as well as on Google+ and YouTube.

2014 Blog/Site Stats

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Fast Facts:

  • Best Month in viewership: July, 2014 – 3,356 site views (with 2,088 new visitors to the site)
  • Most views in a single day: June 8, 2014 – 219 views
  • Most viewed webpage: HART Transit Routes – 7,360+ views
  • Most viewed blog post: Extended closure of Paris Metro station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre – 940+ views
  • Viewership Milestones Reached: Surpassed 30,000 views

Click here to see the complete report.

WEBSITE MILESTONE: Surpassing the 100 (daily) views mark!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

For the first time since my website’s inception, the number of daily website visits has surpassed the 100 views mark! And not only that, but my website broke this record TWICE in two days straight!

On Monday, October 14, 2013, my site had a total of 103 views! On Tuesday, October, 15, 2013, my site had a total of 101 views! Out of these numbers, there were 72 and 64 viewers recorded as “new visitors” on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

My most popular posts

Among my most popular posts so far this past week:

Which posts have the most OVERALL views?

Among my most viewed posts OVERALL, meaning posts that have the highest overall view count (up to October 16, 2013):

Total number of website visits by month

To add to all this; my monthly view count has soared past the 1,000 mark since August!

Note: Green numbers represent an increase in views over the past month. Red numbers represent a decrease in views over the past month. Purple numbers represent a month by which there was little to no change (+5/-5) in the number of views over the past month.

  • January, 2013: 558
  • February, 2013: 391
  • March, 2013: 859
  • April, 2013: 605
  • May, 2013: 647
  • June, 2013: 651
  • July, 2013: 838
  • August, 2013: 1,118
  • September, 2013: 1,317

And we’re now at mid-October and my view count for this month has already surpassed 850! There’s still a chance that another record could be broken!

What’s the average number of website views per day?

For average views per day, by month, here are those numbers. The same color key from above applies here as well.

  • January, 2013: 18
  • February, 2013: 14
  • March, 2013: 28
  • April, 2013: 20
  • May, 2013: 21
  • June, 2013: 22
  • July, 2013: 27
  • August, 2013: 36
  • September, 2013: 44

And that’s not all folks!

My next WordPress website milestone is fast approaching…10,000 overall views! As of October 16, 2013, the total number of website views has surpassed 9,950!

Now, for those of you who have followed my original blog and website for a long time, my old website actually surpassed the 10,000 mark a long time ago. However, I had a much harder time keeping track of stats because my old website’s visit counters kept resetting and I did not save my old stats from Google’s Blogger service when I transitioned over to WordPress in June of 2012 (I didn’t give that a second thought when I deleted my old Blogger Blog). My best guess is that my actual website/blog visit count is already past the 30,000 overall views mark.

A HUGE THANKS!

I want to thank all of my viewers, contributors, and all who have helped me build and expand my website over the years! I don’t know what I would do without your support! In the coming months, I hope to be able to finish up my three portals (Tampa, Norfolk, and Europe) and then begin my New York City portal!

As always, if you’d like to contribute something to my site, or want to post feedback, please feel free to drop me a line via the Contact page!

Europe Transit site migration complete!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

As I mentioned before, I have been migrating all of my Europe Transit content from my Google-powered site to my WordPress blog. Because I have a busy and adjusted work schedule later this week, I decided to go ahead and complete the migration over the weekend, since there isn’t as much content to move. The hardest part was building the new rolling stock page for the Paris Metro, but everything else was very easy to move.

With my Paris, France section of my Europe Transit site now complete, I will be able to move forward with building my New York City and Hampton Roads sections, as well as expanding my Paris section, and also adding transport sections for Belgium. Once these projects have been completed (hopefully by around June), I will then begin the most complex part of my site migration…the Tampa Bay Transit sections.

Please take note of the following layout of the Paris transports section, which you will see when hovering your cursor over the navigation bar at the top of each page.

If you have any suggestions, or notice anything incorrect, please feel free to drop me a line via the contact page.

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

Major changes are coming to my blog and websites

Greetings everyone!

A few days ago, I realized that I could do a lot more with my WordPress blog……A LOT MORE!

In fact, I came to the realization that I could build my entire transit fansite right here in WordPress, and have all of the pages revolve around my blog! I think it’s pretty cool that WordPress provides so much functionality and customization that the possibilities for my site is really unlimited. Plus, with a new focus area slowly coming to fruition (Hampton Roads, Virginia), I thought that now is the time to plan a total revamp my sites and make an exit from Google Sites. Not that I have a problem with Google Sites, but why should I deal with two totally distinct interfaces? It just makes things more complicated for me.

As many of you know already; in January of 2012, I had to temporarily close my transit fansites to re-focus on finishing my college education. Although I recently re-opened my Europe Transit as Told by HARTride 2012 site, my other two sites on Tampa and New York City remain closed and unfinished. I haven’t been able to take any new photos, or further expand on the content that I really want to expand on. I strongly feel that migrating all of my contents to WordPress will make it easier for me to manage my sites and engage my readers.

I ask you to please be patient, as this will be a process that will be done gradually, in phases. My first phase is to focus on building my focus pages for Hampton Roads, Va, followed by New York City. Then, I will slowly migrate content from my Europe and Tampa Bay focus sites and build up a new cluster of pages from there.

With all of this said, I would like to point out the first significant set of changes to my blog.

  • The Navigation Bar: I have housed the Community Rules section as a sub-section of Legal Stuff. I then updated the Legal Stuff page so that the photo use terms get housed into its own sub-section called Photo Use. I then did the same for the Kudos List. Finally; I made a fourth sub-section called Social Media to outline terms of use as they pertain to my content on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Transit Focus Pages: This will soon be the bread and butter of this blog. Currently, most of my transit content remains on websites that are hosted by Google Sites. During this year, I will slowly be migrating what I have from those sites into these new focus pages. I truly hope to achieve the same effect that I did before while adding in new content to engage my readers.

Please stay tuned for further updates, as I will be making a few more small yet significant additions prior to starting my larger project.

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

We’ve moved to WordPress!

This is my first post in a while. But just to give an update to everyone, I am shifting my blog from the Blogger interface to the WordPress interface. Why? Because I’ve become interested in seeing all of the features that WordPress has to offer. Plus, I am reformatting my blog to cover other projects that I will be working on after I’ve graduated from college. I want to be able to have one place to blog about everything I’m doing, not just with the websites, but also my other projects.

What are these “other projects” you ask? The main project I’m working on is the Mushroom Kingdom Fantasy Transport System, for all you Mario Bros fans out there. I’ve been a long time fan to the Mario franchise and I’ve always asked myself, “What if the Mushroom Kingdom was thrusted into the modern age?” I will showcase the various modes of transport, as well as what Toad Town, Peach’s Castle, and other areas may look like if they all existed in real life, in the present time.

Another project of mine centers on Wikipedia (you can find me on Wikipedia via username: wslupecki). What I am doing on Wikipedia involves updating all of the Wiki pages for the various Paris Metro (subway) lines and rolling stock. These updates will bring the English language versions of these pages to be more in line with their French language counterparts, which often contain more information than the English pages.

In addition to these projects, and possibly others in the future, I am also going to be completely revamping the existing Tampa Bay Transit website (and Europe Transit by HARTride 2012), opening the New York City transit pages (hopefully by October, 2012), and prepare for my Hampton Roads transit pages (I plan to launch this series in 2013).

Please know that with our presence here on WordPress, my existing blog on Blogger will close on September 30, 2012. No new posts will be made on that blog from this point forward.