Measured Against Reality

Friday, May 11, 2007

Milestones and Statistics

I passed a milestone recently and didn't even realize it. At some point over the traffic-heavy past few days I eclipsed 200,000 absolute unique visitors, 250,000 unique visitors and 300,000 pageviews. (If you know why "unique" and "absolute unique" are both reported, could you enlighten me?) I think that's pretty good for an eight-month-old blog. There are plenty of other nifty statistics too, like 475 people have visited more than 100 times, or that 5 people have visited after not visiting for 366+ days (which is really interesting, seeing as I haven't been tracking that long).

My top post is still 6 Commonly Believed Things That Are Wrong, followed by Why John Stewart Should Run for President. If those sound like they were written for Digg or Reddit, well, it's because they were, (although "6 Things" is also somewhat educational). You have to get traffic to get noticed, and if you come up with an idea that sounds like it could get traffic, then go for it, just don't expect the internet to like everything you think they'll like (they're very fickle).

Most of my traffic is still from Google (at least on the days I don't get on Reddit). My feed fluctuates around 30-40 people, and as far as I can tell that's about how many regular readers I have. For not expecting too many, it's not too bad. I hope it will grow, but that can take substantial time. All I can do is keep writing my silly writings, and hoping that people like them and read more.

And speaking of milestones, I'm about to hit another one. My birthday is Sunday, and I will be reaching the ripe old age of 20. I don't like to discuss my age because people often think less of you when you're young, (and for good reason, young people are idiots). But the fact that I'm a Sophomore in college is on my sidebar, so while I'm talking about milestones I figured I should mention it.

Because this post was so pointless, let's have some kind of discussion in the comments. I'm not too particular, so how about telling me something about what you're interested in? That sounds good.



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