A year ago, I launched Brian’s Casio Calculator Corner as a hobby site with 21 pages and 10 programs. In its first year, the site has grown to 135 pages and 54 programs of various sorts. Three generations of hit counters have indicated over 3,500 distinct visitors to the site home page (although less than 1,000 of these are on the most recent counter). The site appears on the first page of Google results for the search “casio calculator.” The site was originally hosted on Yahoo! GeoCities. Eventually the site justified a vanity domain and paid web hosting. This is where things stand now.
I think the most surprising thing about the site has been its popularity. This was a site dedicated to a particular calculator model, later expanded to two particular calculator models. I expected perhaps five visitors a week to this site, fellow geeks looking for some esoteric bit of information. When the hit counters started recording hundreds of hits a week, I was puzzled. The only explanation I can imagine is that the Casio calculator has no Microsoft software in it.
The server logs reveal some interesting behavior. A few visitors go through a substantial portion of the site before leaving. Some visitors initially appear at a page deep in the site, poke around a bit, then leave. About half the visitors never view the site home page, where the only hit counter lives — so that 3,500 visits to the site home page apparently means about 7,000 visitors to the site, or about 20 visitors a day.
I have had a lot of fun with the site. I have tried several different site designs, and doubtless will try dozens more. I have put hundreds of hours into the (always incomplete) programming tutorial. I have planned hundreds of programs and have written some of them. I have done dozens of Ole Miss problems and have written up some of their solutions for here. I have applied for several awards for the site, and the site has received several of them.
I intend to keep having fun with the site. I plan to balance the appearance of new programs and the appearance of new material in the programming tutorial: a little of one, a little of the other, rinse and repeat. I intend to expand the programming tutorial to fill out that section’s table of contents. I intend to extend the programs section, concentrating initially on physics and statistics, then operations research and time series analysis, and finally engineering and finance.
It’s been a good year. Here’s to many more!
Copyright © 2002 Brian Hetrick
Page last updated 7 July 2002.