by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/03/12 03:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/03/12/549675.aspx
As I mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of blog stats. I really do seem to break a lot of the obvious, common sense 'best practices' to help drive traffic to the blog (for example, any time I hit a topic that gets a lot of traffic I stay away from that topic as if I had just picked up something that I really want to set down and walk away from).
But also as I said in that other post, I was really interested in the whole Web Views vs. Aggregate Views ratio. Since the latter is basically the subscribers while the former is the people who look at individual posts in the browser (either directly or via clickthrough), the ratio just seemed interesting to me.
Here is the info for the last 11 months (thanks to Calvin Hsia for the script that provided the data; I stripped out the actual raw numbers since they are not relevant here):
1.88 May 2005
1.06 Jun 2005
1.16 Jul 2005
1.41 Aug 2005
1.35 Sep 2005
1.72 Oct 2005
1.50 Nov 2005
2.03 Dec 2005
1.78 Jan 2006
0.98 Feb 2006
I kind of like the direction things seem to be going in, since as I tend to syndicate entire posts rather than excerpts, the only good reasons to click through are
I will assume it is mostly #1. :-)
I like it mainly because Idon't always have the answers, and sometimes the comments do. Lots of good resources get put in there!
Of course these raw numbers don't give much indication of what kinds of posts interest people enough to look at them directly, and just before I started looking at that I realized that it would make me like someone who was having their behavior driven by the clickthrough rate. Which is something I'd like to avoid for the time being.
So suddenly the numbers aren't as interesting to me as they were a short while ago. Fancy that!
Or perhaps I am just over-analyzing it now. Hugh had a great cartoon the other day that may be relevant:
Kind of puts it all in perspective, I think.... :-)
So, in the end I guess I'll even quit looking at these numbers too. Maybe nobody is reading the blog -- hell, maybe even the people who comment don't bother to read it. As I pointed out in this post, sometimes I need to be reading what I write.
On the other hand, maybe lots of people are reading. If so I hope you are enjoying yourself. I'll write up a slightly more relevant post right after I get this one up....
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