Wow, a year goes by so fast. It was around this time last year that Eric and I were sitting at a bar, discussing a plan to create a website and podcast that was centred around our hobby, gaming. I admit, in the beginning we were doe-eyed. Neither of us had a background in website or audio editing. We had never written an article, never streamed a game, and never managed a community. Pixels Per Minute was a challenge for us because we were both at a point in our lives where we wanted more. We wanted to do something big, and like all things worthy in this life - we knew that if we wanted it bad enough, we could make it happen.
I still look back fondly at the first post of the site, a Terraria write-up by Eric. He wasn't sure of his abilities, but his passion for the content of his article made me even more excited about a game that I'd easily put one-hundred hours into already. Since then, Eric has improved his writing tremendously and I know I couldn't run this site without him. That's why I love Pixels Per Minute. It's not only about the games for us. It's about creating something that, at the end of the day, we're proud of. We're not a big budget media company with a lot of money to back the content we generate. Eric and I both have other jobs. We're just two regular people who like to unwind after work with a controller, or a mouse and keyboard. That's the spirit that I hope continues with Pixels Per Minute. My hope is that, when you visit, you don't see us as reviewers, podcasters, or streamers - but rather, as someone like you.
This year was a blast, I have some site stats that I thought I'd share with you all today.
Since we started in October 2013:
- We've created eighteen podcasts with over forty hours worth of audio.
- We've written over forty-seven articles, with the help of our community.
- We have had over 140,000 unique visitors on the site.
- Roughly 82% of our users are on desktop, while 18% are mobile.
- Of the 82% of desktop users - 62% use the Chrome browser.
- Of the 82% of desktop users - 50% use Windows 7.
- Of the 18% of mobile users - 68% are on Android, while only 32% are on an iOS device.
- Roughly 50% of referral traffic is from google searches in over a hundred countries.
- The most popular search query that draws traffic to our site, is "Best Skyrim Mods".
- Not coincidentally, our most popular article is Evan's Skyrim article.
- The article gets close to 8,000 hits per month (you guys sure like Skyrim).
- There are quite a few links from forum posts that say it's one of the best lists of mods for the game out there.
- Eric and I feel like bums when our articles get less than 500 viewers in a given cycle, while this beast of a list knocks it out of the park consistently.
- You guys helped us meet our 2014 Extra-Life goal, and Eric, Vanessa, and I braved the task of trying to stay awake for twenty-four hours as an adult.
- Spoiler: None of us made it the entire stretch.
Since we've started, a few of our friends and viewers saw what we were doing and liked it so much that they wanted to help. We rely on people like Matt, Tara, and Evan, because they bring a unique set of skills and experience that make the site even more diverse. If you've ever felt like writing, recording a podcast, or making video content, drop us a line. You don't need to be an expert to become a part of our community. The future of Pixels Per Minute is expansion, and we are looking to broaden our scope to encompass television, movies, music, and books. We rely on everyday folks like you to let us know about the latest and greatest in consumable media. Without you, we're just some dudes who like to drink and ramble on about how much we like Borderlands 2, and World of Warcraft.
As I wrap this up, I'd like to thank our significant others. My fiance, Vanessa, has assumed the task of being one of our social media managers, a regular podcast guest, and a general lighter of fires under asses. Ashley, Eric's Wife, has also taken up the call, motivating us to generate more content, while providing meaningful feedback and ideas that have helped to shape the site as a whole.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you. Your positive feedback and comments are what keep us going. Sometimes, things become overwhelming and we have trouble keeping up with current articles and podcasts - but the community is so supportive, that we feel like we have a duty to continue updating. Please keep pushing us to be better, and if this is your first time on the site, welcome, and we hope you enjoy Pixels Per Minute.
-Shane, Co-Creator of Pixels Per Minute