Daniel Dvorkin

My take on WordPress and related geekery

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How long users stay on Websites?

If the Web page survives this first — extremely harsh — 10-second judgment, users will look around a bit. However, they’re still highly likely to leave during the subsequent 20 seconds of their visit. Only after people have stayed on a page for about 30 seconds does the curve become relatively flat. People continue to leave every second, but at a much slower rate than during the first 30 seconds.

So, if you can convince users to stay on your page for half a minute, there’s a fair chance that they’ll stay much longer — often 2 minutes or more, which is an eternity on the Web.
Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox


Resolutions for 2012: First item, checked.

I started implementing this blog January, and thought I’d have it ready in a couple of weeks. That’s why the title of this first post kinda make sense. Ok, May it is.

This is a big year for me, both professionally and personally, and I wanted to have a space where I can share all what’s happening. More than anything, this is and will be a year in which I’m learning a lot. My idea is to share all those learnings in this blog.

Let’s make a ToDo list now, and we’ll see next December how I did.

  • Start a blog…
    •  …and try to improve my skills as a technical writer.
  • Donate more to the authors of small open source projects I use (ie: Plugin authors, etc.). I’m making a living using their tools, after all.
  • Get better using the console for non-trivial tasks. I’ll write a lot about this in the next couple weeks.
  • Start publishing open source code, and collaborating with other open source projects.
  • Add unit testing and acceptance testing to my workflow. Both for my public code and my contract work.
  • Get involved in the WordPress Theme Reviewers Team. Reviewing themes is good for the community, but also is a great for learning.
  • Make this blog responsive :)
  • And most important of all… be a good dad. We’ll find out about that after June.

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