Monday, January 08, 2007

Site stats last week

Ladies and gentlemen, over on the left, exhibit A: my site stats for last week. You will immediately note the anomalous spike that registered on Thursday with some effects on Wednesday and Friday traffic.

The spike is equivalent to around 3,300 unique visits.

How did that happen, you ask?

This prosaic little blog that you're currently reading averages around 100 unique visits per day. On some days, it's actually much lower, around 70. No surprise, given the scattered topics I have all over.

Stats like these don't make me an A-lister. Not even a B-lister. Try C-lister, instead. Maybe even D.

Now, I've been fooling around with recently, trying to see what the impact is on site traffic. And *koff* I've submitted some of my own stories to Digg. Apparently, there are some ethical discussions around this that I've only recently come across, but that's beside the point for the moment. (I promise never to do it again.)

Sadly, my site doesn't really seem to cater to the Digg crowd. My stories have gotten only 15 Diggs at most.

Thursday's entry, though, was a slightly inflammatory piece on why I couldn't switch to Vista. Surely a provocative title like that would warrant a few more Diggs?

Last I checked, it only garnered 18. Ah, well. My writing style is just not Internet-friendly. Oh, well.

However, that same story got picked by LinuxToday and TuxMachines. And, well, that's when the hits really started coming in. A few came by way of Stumbleupon and Digg, too, but most came from the first two.

Okay, so folks like Rickey and Bryanboy get 2,200 hits before breakfast.

On the other hand, it was an interesting, if scary, experiment. And there really just might be a nice niche here.

For the moment, though, I'm back to my usual boring numbers.


  1. Hey, getting a thousand hits for just a day is still a lot better than many of us plebeians out there. I mean, not all of us can be a Rickey or a Bryanboy. :)

  2. True, and there's more to being a Rickey or a Bryanboy than just the hits.

  3. Interesting. I've heard about this being "digged" kind of an exciting thought to get that thousands of hits per day, but it could really take a toll on your servers and suck your bandwidth easily. Still at least you now know the formula ;)

  4. He he, thankfully, I'm on Blogger.

  5. well, a post of mine got dugg recently. one vote =)

  6. Hey Dom, I just had 40 hits in 1 hour for my iPhone post! I got hammered by a nasty comment though! Cool. I'm still amazed by what the internet can do.

  7. Hi, Von: I've come to the conclusion that Digg users have strange and freakish tastes. A good story doesn't necessarily get dugg, but a catchy title with some bizarre content most certainly will. And I think there's some tipping point at which people will find it easier to digg.

    Hi, Jon: fame is a mixed blessing. Some people are attracted to it, some are repelled, I suppose.

  8. dom, that's so true. My blogging has always been some kind of social experiment and it's been like that till now. There are some changes though as I've come to know more people and start to care about certain issues and developed a firm stand on some of them.