The Future of Inspect Element and Some Stats

by Tom Kenny (@tkenny)

It’s summer here in London which means I have less time to sit at a computer and write. Combine that with moving into a new place with my girlfriend, starting a new job and not having home broadband for two months thanks to the useless idiots at Virgin Media (with a dose of stupidity from O2 and British Telecom) and you can see why Inspect Element hasn’t been updated anywhere near as much as I would have liked. It sounds rather familiar to a similar situation last year! Fear not as it will all change soon. We have super fast internet, I’m settled in my new job at Factory Media and I’m raring to get going with the new Inspect Element.

That’s right Inspect Element is changing although don’t worry, it will still have the blog at the heart of the machine but there are going to be a couple of additions. I can’t reveal exactly what they are just yet but what I can confirm is:

  • It will still be run and maintained by myself (with possible contributions from elsewhere further down the line)
  • It’ll be more than articles and tutorials (and snippets)
  • There will be a more even balance of both design and development (HTML and CSS)

It’s also worth noting that it’ll be a good few months until it’s ready purely due to the amount of work to be done and it could be ready potentially as long as early next year but stick with it as it will be worth the wait, I can assure you of that. At some point I will give you a peek at the design so keep an eye on @tkenny on Twitter to find out when.


I’m a bit of a stat geek so let’s get it on!

Inspect Element launched on June 8th 2009 and at the time of writing has had:

  • 1,039,676 unique visitors
  • 1,520,712 total visits
  • 2,650,607 page views

The most popular posts have been:

The single page HTML5 portfolio site I created seems to be extremely popular so I’ll be doing another one which will be much better and possibly with a PSD file for you to download. To be honest, that one was a bit rushed and doesn’t look that great as I designed it in the browser as a quick experiment which I clearly didn’t have the hang of just then!

A very big thanks to every single one of the million+ visitors. There’s no doubt with your support I’ve become a better designer and writer since Inspect Element began. Judging from my experience, one of the best things you can do as a designer is start a blog and just get your thoughts and ideas out there.

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by Tom Kenny

I’m a freelance web designer and front-end developer with 9 years of experience designing for the web. Follow me on Twitter here.