Twitter @barnconversion

I’m really rubbish at self promotion and promotion of this blog… one thread of evidence to that statement is that I’ve been on Twitter for a couple of years now, but have neglected to mention it here. I have stuck a Twitter link up on the header but never provided any explanation, so to put the record straight…

I use Twitter to post irregular updates regarding the blog, progress at the barn or just general comments related to barns, conversions or building in general. I’ve made 120 tweets or so over the last couple of years, with most of those made recently as it’s only now that I’m finding Twitter to be a genuinely useful and interesting tool – it would be great if you would follow me…


This blog has taken a bit of a kicking recently from big brother Google who came along with his ‘Panda’ and gave us right going over. (For the uninitiated, Panda is a rolling update to the algorithm Google uses to produce search results that has been creating uproar across the web for most of 2011).

Traffic to the site has halved since the middle of October when the impact of the update began to bite. I find that quite upsetting and discouraging – for me the main reward of running a blog is feeling you’re communicating with your ‘audience’. When that audience is chopped in half then that feels bad.

But I’ll soldier on and try and fix anything that I guess Google doesn’t like… and that’s the real problem. I don’t do anything on this site that’s untoward or underhand. I write all the content myself and run a few Amazon links and Google adverts – so in reality I haven’t got a clue what has led to this downgrade and Google won’t / don’t tell. They provide guidelines and high-level advice but when it comes to specifics – there’s nothing.

I’ll take the opportunity to tidy things up and give the site a facelift. I’ll reread up on what I should be doing and hopefully win back some of my previous visitors. Expect a few changes around here over coming days and weeks…

Things should look a little different already…

300th Post on MyBarnConversion

I’ve made 299 posts before this one on, so I thought I’d take some time out and see how I got here while writing the 300th…

The first post was made on the 28th June 2006.

Since I started monitoring traffic to the site on the 6th April 2007 there have been 113,473 Visits and 281,796 Pageviews from 96,717 unique visitors. The average time on site is 2 minutes and 3 seconds (that’s a total of over 157 days that people have spent on this site).

The 10 most popular search terms that bring people to this site are these – barn conversions, barn conversion, barn conversions pictures, barn conversion costs, air source heat pump, air source heat pumps reviews, vat on barn conversions, super insulation, barn conversions uk, barn conversion designs. Not surprisingly, the most popular pages are these:
Heat Pumps: Air Source and Ground Source
Super Insulation and Insulation
VAT 1 and 2
Underfloor heating

…and my recent series on How Much Does a Barn Conversion Cost? has recently caught up with the total number views of much older posts.

So what’s coming next?

More articles on architects and architecture, a starter for 10 series on lime pointing, more book reviews and details of my cabin bed and garden design projects.

Please keep checking back…