Crunching the numbers

Plato viewed numbers as an absolute and, given their perfect nature, can explain anything [1].

So, one interesting side-exploration of this blog, has been tracking visitor numbers as and when they’ve arrived [2].

Since starting this blog on the 30th of December visitor numbers have steadily risen, much as you may expect.

The first two days there were no visitors. I then told a couple of friends, and the visitor numbers hovered around 2 per day, until I told a few more people. It then rose to around about 5 before rising into double figures when I posted a comment on Oxdown.

Now comes the slightly interesting part. Given my activity in promoting the blog up til then, the numbers were as could be expected, with a number of curious people clicking through from the comment I left accounting for the slight increase.

One of those people was Clive and, a couple of days after I commented, he picked up on the fact I’d started blogging again and gave me a plug on Europhobia. As soon as he posted that my viewing for the next day was 47, which just goes to show what one link from a well connected blogger can do for your site traffic.

By this stage various others, like Matthew, whom I’ve had a fair bit of traffic from since, had got round to updating their blogroll and daily visits remained somewhere between 25 and 35, expect for yesterday when it only received two visits. I’m assuming this was because I’d not updated for a few days [3] and it was a Saturday.

Back to normal today, and I’ve even started to get some search engine traffic for ‘Gary Andrews’, which I’m assuming is from people I know.

I’m now at a stage where I’m comfortable I’ll continue blogging here, so will start informing more people about it [4] . From there it’ll be interesting to see what the daily site traffic will be.

So, what does this tell us? Well, everything and, frankly, not a lot. It is, if you will, the birth and evolution of a new blog, while being utterly useless because it tells us nothing and figures can tell us anything we want to. In this case it confirms people do, indeed, read my blog.

[1] Unless you’re Enron. Actually, cancel that. Especially if you’re Enron.

[2] And, quite genuinely, I had no idea of the blog stats wordpress had available to its users when I started up here.

[3] Which won’t be an uncommon occurrence. Get used to it.

[4] I won’t say promote, because that’s really not the correct word for this occasion.


2 Responses to “Crunching the numbers”

  1. 1 Matt January 15, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I’ve always had the most traffic from your blog. This one’s now proving no exception. After you it’s the big G, who has two blogs and so is possibly cheating. Also the google hit ‘exciting words’ is popular.

    You’ve not had a statcruncher before, have you? It gets horribly addictive. Sadly, geekily, addictive.

  2. 2 cycleofsong January 15, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Glad to see you back and that you haven’t become either a pimp or a porn star. The engineers at work send porn to each other all the time. In fact, I think they’ve installed a separate network drive for it. If anyone noticed I’m sure they’d be proud of me. In our specific corporate culture, if you aren’t getting sexual comments on a daily basis, you feel left out.

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