Website malfunction

The Apiarist is updated every Friday.

Regular as clockwork … except for one Wednesday in May when I pushed the ‘Publish’ button too soon 🙄

However, we’ve had technical issues and I think email subscribers have not been receiving announcements of new posts.

Regular as clockwork

As a consequence of the large number of subscribers who receive ‘new post’ announcements, visitor numbers peak on a Friday evening, remain high over the weekend and then tail off through the rest of the week.

Or they did until ~12 days ago when parts of the site were upgraded and email announcements to subscribers appear to have stopped altogether (I’m a subscriber 1 and I belatedly realised I didn’t get the ‘new post’ announcement). Consequently visitor numbers have flatlined … 🙁

Where have all my young girls gone?

What a beauty

Hopefully this post corrects things … this is what has appeared since the glitch:

  • On Friday 18th October I posted Matchstick miscellany – this is a comment on the recommendation to provide ventilation to hives over the winter. I think the advice is wrong and I explain why.
  • On Friday 25th October I posted Income and outgoings – this is a follow-up to a recent post on beekeeping economics. In this most recent post I describe how to significantly increase profits from beekeeping … by reducing your outgoings and increasing your income.

Please have a read if you’ve not seen these … and apologies for the dual posting if you have 2.





  1. How sad is that?
  2. Facebook and Twitter followers might have seen these posts but are very significantly outnumbered by email subscribers.

4 thoughts on “Website malfunction

  1. Jaime Baptista

    Lo felicito y le pido siga con su blog. Sus artículos son interesantes y presentados de manera amena. Un lector de sud américa, Bolivia

    1. David Post author

      Thanks David

      Readers accessing the site from the RSS feed aren’t scored separately from web searches as far as I can tell (I’ve not got the time and strength to burrow down through the Google Analytics data).

      It’s clear that email subscriptions are a major route by which readers access new content as page views lurched upwards late on Friday and remained very high all day Saturday.

      Interesting that in these days of social media, Twitter, Facebook, and all the other ways that web content can be ‘promoted’ that old-fashioned email remains dominant.

      I wonder what this says about beekeepers? 😉

      Thanks again

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