That's the total number of page views of this blog, according to Sitemeter, although TypePad says it's only 83,000 or so. Still, it seems like a time to take stock or at least review some basic stats:
First post: November 2005. Total number of posts, excluding this one, 292. So that's about two a week.
Number of visits: about 60,000. So on average a visit is two pages. Most are only one, and a few people with nothing better to do click around once in a while.
Average page view rate is about 100 per day. Probably a good half of those are inappropriate searches, and it looks which leaves an actual readership of about 50 people per day. In general my traffic is lower than that, but I seem to have a handful
of patrons (thank you Nick C, Henry F, Mark T, Brad D) who
have sent people this way and then I get a spike.
Most views in a day was over 2500 when Nick Carr pointed people to Mr. Google's Guidebook
. I've only had one post get traffic through reddit or digg, which was a computer software post some time ago.
Audience: On average, I'm writing for an audience of about 100 people, although there is no way to tell someone who reads every word I write from someone who glances at the title and moves on.
Comments: 429, or about 1.5 comments per post. My impression is this is pretty low even for blogs of my readership. Not surprising as I am too slow a writer to get into many of the debates that prompt comments and don't link to other bloggers as much as I should. Partly, while some widely read blogs post link collections to draw people's attention to particular views, it seems a waste to post such collections here. There is little point in me saying "hey, look what the BBC/New York Times/CBC has posted"; if you need a guide to the news you won't find it here.
Thanks to those of you who come here regularly. I will try to respond to comments more often, but let's face it, that resolution may well go the way of my others.
Now, if I just carry on blogging for another two years I should have the same size audience as my 30 second caterpillar video
has achieved on YouTube, recorded in less than twenty minutes in a single afternoon.