JetPunk 2021 - Year in Review
First published: Thursday December 23rd, 2021
As we wave goodbye to 2021, we look to reflect on how the year has gone over here on JetPunk. With the coronavirus still running rampant worldwide, JetPunk continued to thrive with new users and quizzes. On top of this, new features were also abundant, as nearly every corner of the site was modified this year in one way or another. Whether that's the complete overhaul of our blogs, or the addition of dark mode, I'm sure something was added which tickled everbody's tastebuds.
In each of the sections below, we detail the various changes on JetPunk over the year, including highlights from some of the biggest quizzes created this year, users who joined us this year and also the most popular blogs of the year. At the end, we look at the traffic in 2021, and what we might look forward to in 2022.
Across 2021, so much has changed. With an overhauled blogs section, an updated quiz editor and many new toys for users to play with, I don't see how I can reduce them down to just 3 points like last year. Instead, I will have to expand to 4! A real testatment to the expansion seen on JetPunk in 2021.
Friend & Groups
The first update, which arrived all the way back in January, was the ability to add Friends on JetPunk. Later, the option to create Groups was also added. This functionality allows you to see recent quizzes and blogs from your friends, as well as how they did in quizzes. This can be found by going to any quiz, and clicking "friends stats" in the "more quiz info" box. E.g. Countries of the World Quiz - Friend Stats. With Groups, you can go further and create a private area where you can share quizzes, discuss them and also see how each other did on them. Great for creating challenges and competitions amongst friends!
The Blog Update
The BIG update of the year, with months of work pumped into it, was the complete overhaul and rennovation of the Blogs section on JetPunk. From a brand new Blog Editor, to the introduction of blog series, blog likes and your personal blog feed.
Simply, there is too much in this update to summarise in a short paragraph; that simply would not do it justice. The only way to truly understand how big this was is to read The Blog Update blog itself, as that outlines in thorough detail every change that was made.
The biggest change was the introduction of the "drag & drop" style Blog Editor, with its intuitive interface and flexibility, you can quickly conjure up a good-looking blog without advanced knowledge of HTML. In fact, much of this blog was written using the new components provided. Over time, more components may be added which can provide even greater flexibility to bloggers.
Just a few months after the overhaul of user blogs, Quizmaster surprised the community with the addition of a brand new user-created content. This allows users to create their own charts, with choice of colours, units, axes and more. Whilst these are not as popular as blogs or quizzes, they have found a home on their own Recent User Charts page. Also, they have grown in usage since the ability to add them to blogs was introduced. So now, you can spruce up your blog by adding a chart to it. (An example of this is shown towards the end of this blog!)
The Create Update
And finally, we come to the biggest update to quizzes this year. With so many tweaks and changes, there's too many to cover individually. Thankfully we have a blog to summarise most of them: The Create Update. Some of the bigger changes were a graphical overhaul of the Quiz Editor, using inspiration from the Blog Editor, randomized Picture and Tile quizzes, a new "auto merge" option in text quizzes and new buttons across the site. Over the year various little changes have also happened to the quiz editor, such as the ability to create quizzes in Chinese, Russian and Bulgarian, adding images to Tile and Multiple Choice quizzes, scheduling a quiz to be in a series and so much more.
Despite these major changes, there were many smaller changes that didn't make the cut in this end-of-year review, such as User Spotlight, Dark Mode and more! Thankfully, they're all documented on JetPunk's Change Log for you to enjoy.
In 2021, it is fair to say that random quizzes, and map quizzes, once again dominated the scene. A special mention must go to overtired who managed to obtain 6 of the top 20 most popular new quizzes this year. Many of these used some revolutionary new CSS techniques on JetPunk that were unseen before. And so, to ensure variety and fairness, we once again will limit the following top 5 to a maximum of 1 per user (they are still all in the overall top 10).
|Date Released: April 6th||Total Takes: 269,401||Rating: 4.95|
|Date Released: February 21st||Total Takes: 64,171||Rating: 4.98|
|Date Released: June 14th||Total Takes: 54,898||Rating: 5.00|
|Date Released: May 3rd||Total Takes: 47,235||Rating: 4.99|
|Date Released: April 6th||Total Takes: 42,694||Rating: 4.45|
So far over 60,000 quizzes have been released on JetPunk in 2021, these have amounted to over 7.2 million takes! This represents over 1.5% of all takes on JetPunk ever, or more helpfully about 9% of all takes this year! Given the age of JetPunk, and how many of the takes come from old classics like Countries of the World, it is very impressive to see that 1 year's worth of quizzes can make such a difference.
Top New Quiztakers
This year, we decided to change up this section. Instead of highlighting the biggest new creators, we thought instead we'd highlight the top new users with the highest level! The following 3 users managed to gain 78 levels in just 2021. A truly remarkable achievement, and we hope they enjoyed their first year of JetPunk!
|Date Joined: January 6th||Total Points: 24,470|
|Date Joined: January 7th||Total Points: 23,582|
|Date Joined: January 6th||Total Points: 23,359|
As we progress, more and more quizzes are featured and so it becomes technically easier to achieve a high level. That said, to dedicate a whole hour of actual playtime to JetPunk on average per day (as Everard has done) is a truly incredible feat. All 3 thoroughly deserve their place here, however we can't ignore the many more who would have been close to featuring on this list.
This year, after the introduction of liking blogs through The Blog Update, I thought it would be suitable to showcase the most liked blogs on JetPunk that were released this year. There is great variety here, and perhaps your next blog to read could be found here!
|Date Released: April 5th||Total Likes: 58||Total Views: 995|
|Date Released: September 22nd||Total Likes: 49||Total Views: 664|
|Date Released: October 6th||Total Likes: 32||Total Views: 1,407|
|Date Released: November 21st||Total Likes: 31||Total Views: 265|
There were far more than these 4 though, over 1000 blogs were submitted this year, with 20,000 comments combined across all of them and over 5000 likes. This shows that the users of JetPunk are beginning to engage with blogs thoroughly, and I look forward to seeing what you all can come up with next year!
Traffic in 2021
Looking back at the varied geographical sources of JetPunk's user base from 2020, we see that the proportions from each country varied greatly. However, looking at 2021's data and we don't see these great fluctuations. It seems JetPunk was less affected by the geographical events of 2021.
One thing we can look at though, is the fluctuations over the year of quizzes created and number of users that joined JetPunk.
Analysing this, we see that the number of users that joined JetPunk doesn't correlate to the number of quizzes released. However, there was a massive influx of new users at the start of May and towards the end of June and early July. This corresponds to a massive influx of French users that arrived on the website after two JetPunk videos went viral on TikTok.
Looking at 2021 as a whole, we stayed pretty much level with the end of 2020. No major fluctuations in traffic over this time period.
Looking to 2022
Last year, we predicted that JetPunk may return to "business-as-usual", this was not strictly the case, since we did not see the increase in May and decrease over summer that is typical, but rather we saw a rather stagnant number of users using JetPunk. However, we did see fluctuations in takes, but still nowhere near the growth of 2020 or 2019.
Some users predicted some things correctly, in particular MG17 who thought the interface would change (it did, for blogs and quiz editing at least), and that blogs will develop with their own search. However, we did not add a new type of quiz as he predicted.
What stood out in 2021 to you on JetPunk? What future developments would you like to see in 2022 and beyond? What do you plan to do to improve JetPunk yourself?
All data on this page is correct as of December 15th, 2021. Data from JetPunk and Google Analytics.