Last month, I wrote that I expected a couple of slow months for itextpdf.com. The stats for July confirm this.
Compared to other sites however, the number of visits during the Summer vacation period didn't drop dramatically:
In spite of a lower number of visits, the ranking of last month improved when compared to the ranking of June (and May, and April,...).
We still have an average of more than 3,000 visits a day:
Today is the day I'll try to work away my backlog regarding mails from the NBN. The NBN is the Belgian standardq organization. I became a member of the NBN earlier this year, and as a result I'm receiving drafts for standards to review. A while back, I posted some comments with respect to PDF/UA, but I never had the time to follow up what happened with those suggestions. I know that PDF/UA would be one of the specs discussed in Salt Lake City in May, but I didn't have the time to read the reports up until today.
As predicted, the site statistics for July won't be as good as the statistics for June. This can be shown in a graphic comparing the first three weeks of July to three weeks in June:
You can clearly see the effect of the American National Holiday (4th of July); you can also see that nor the Flemish holiday (July 11), nor the Belgian National holiday (July 21) have any influence on the heartbeat of iText ;-)
When you register on a forum, you can sometimes add a watch on a question so that you're informed when a new message is added. I have such a watch on the Google Analytics forum, more specifically on the Reports - Export in PDF format report missing (March 22, 2011) and I'm sorry to say, but I'm still receiving plenty of mail from that topic.
Last week I received several phone calls from companies, in Belgium as well as in the US. They were all asking me: Do you know any good developers?
Of course, I know plenty of excellent developers, but usually I get a second question: We're looking to hire developers! Can you send us their coordinates?
Now that's a completely different question.