Welcome back, Happy New Year to all etc. As everyone else is doing it, I thought I’d repeat last year’s exercise of kicking off the year with a look back at this blog’s stats and highlights for 2012. First the numbers:
• Total number of visits: 457,698 (up from 291,712 in 2011 and 182,023 in 2010)
• Total number of unique visitors: 277,888 (up from 165,433 in 2011 and 98,472 in 2010), viewing a total of 721,961 pages
But I don’t really believe these numbers – does the average reader really read fewer than 3 posts per year? Surely, either the number ofvisits is too low or the number of unique visitors is too high or (most likely explanation) I have misread Google Analytics – can anyone shed any light?
Most popular posts (descending order)
What Brits say v what they mean – handy de-coding device, June 2011
How to get a job in development – an FP2P guide, December 2012
Conclusion: punters like golden oldies (the top two came from the previous year) and internal soul searching for practitioners, preferably accompanied by an online poll.
Overall, though, the most striking feature of the traffic is its regularity (see graphic – the dips are weekends)
Where do readers live? Numbers are for visits – a pleasing geographical spread, but still far too northern for my liking, and the order is remarkably unvarying from year to year:
UK 123,047 (29% of total)
India 20,903 (up from 4th in 2011)
Canada 20,850 (down from 3rd)
Belgium 7,436 (new entrant)
Philippines 6,502 (new entrant)
South Africa 5,914
Numbers aren’t everything though, so Happy New Year to the single readers from Andorra, Sao Tome and Principe, Norfolk Island and Mayotte (Mayotte?). But why no visits from Turkmenistan, South Sudan, Central African Republic or Western Sahara?
These stats are (I think) just for people clicking through to the site, but people access blogs in other ways too. Google Reader subs rose from 2736 t0 3454 over the year, and Facebook users from 1476 to 2624. But Twitter was the real boom area, more than doubling from 3355 to 7664 (at roughly mid year, I started tweeting, rather than just sending out automated alerts of new posts, with no discernible impact on the rate of increase of followers).
And with that I drag myself away from the hypnotic attractions of Google Analytics (you can even see which cities have people reading the blog in real time – how cool is that?) Back to business as usual tomorrow.