2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog, and who am I to ignore blogfodder that monkeys have flung my way?

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

It’s interesting that others get their numbers reported in terms of The Astrodome, or Wembley Stadium. I guess I’m lucky they didn’t decide to use VW Beetles for mine. In addition, the numbers shown in the complete report don’t entirely make sense. According to them, Hypothesis Testing was the most popular post. Well, it got the most hits on the day it was published (thanks, Kurt), but it is well behind in overall totals when you compare it to Ballad of Apollo 13, or the mega-favorite, HOTD, the Anime. As an aside, it appears to be primarily otaku who are looking at the HOTD posting, because the initial post has picked up 445 views (it mentioned nudity) while the follow on HOTD – the DVD four months later (linked from the first) has a grand total of 39 views, despite delving into critical cinematographic issues like translation quality and the music. I even mentioned how well their graphics package handled the physics of fluid-filled spheres.

Despite all that, the report has some interesting stats (in a single-digit sort of way) and a nice Flash background. Click here to see the complete report.

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4 Responses to “2011 in review”

  1. Kurt Says:

    This left out the number of times I returned to the PDF version of HOTD the Anime that I printed after an initial view. Probably in the 10’s. I think it’s a runner up for the 2011 Sweaty Palm blog award. 😉

  2. Kurt Says:

    Seriously, you’re probably one of the few people out there providing ongoing well written series across a number of topics. You’re not getting hits because no one sees your blog in the places they visit. People seems to look up info by searching, but find their pleasure reading by referral. If kicking up the numbers is a goal, it may require cross posting, commenting in popular blogs, etc. There are probably more well written blogs out there not read by many than not, and most of the popular blogs are drek–easy to read drek, but drek. And there are a handful of very popular writers who deserve to be read even more. Perhaps you need to get a celebrity endorsement. From any or multiple fields.

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