It’s now been four years since this exercise in randomness began, and several months since I tweaked the template for the blog.
So, you know, I thought it would make sense to freshen things up and maybe move to a really contemporary typeface, one loved by web designers and form creators of all stripes.
Hope you like it! (If you’re reading this via aggregator, please do click through–today, if possible!) What? You thought I was going to stick with right-aligned Comic Sans MS? Not in this lifetime…
As of March 30, this blog had 994 posts and 3,022 comments. That’s 265 posts and 542 comments in the past year, unfortunately well below the long-term 3:1 ratio of comments to posts.
Technically, that’s more posts than in the previous year–but since five posts each month are automatic (four PLN Highlights reposts, one Cites & Insights) and given the amount of grumping and book-related stuff I’ve done, there may actually be fewer substantive posts.
There were server changes in mid-March, so instead of 4/1/08-3/31/09, the following numbers are for 3/11/08-3/10/09, but shouldn’t be much different:
- Sessions: 489,463, or 1,340 per day. Down about 10% from last year.
- Pageviews: 1,144,817 pageviews (3,136/day). Up about 26% from last year.
- IP Addresses: 47,991, down about 18% from last year.
Make of those numbers what you will. In March-May 2008, this blog was the 58th most prolific, 24th most verbose and 56th most commented-on of my vast liblog survey–falling into a “more posts, about the same length, less conversational” category.
As meaningless as most of the stats above are (given aggregators), this one’s even more meaningless, since the feeds from this blog provide full posts. Until recently, I couldn’t tell which posts were requested most often–but now I can (after changing WordPress options so the permanent URLs have post names rather than page numbers).
Slightly more than 200 pages have been requested at least 500 times, including a bunch of monthly archives. Some of those were almost certainly requests designed to facilitate spamming, but never mind. Here’s the list of posts and pages with more than 1,400 page requests over that same one-year period, expressed as actual pagenames, leaving out category and archive pages:
Thanks to Dave Pattern’s evil inventiveness, you can now track your liblog’s “heat”–and what can I say? Over the last few weeks, this blog has been hot, hot, hot–also ice-cold and everywhere in between.
Here’s the chart:
Note the logarithmic scale, and that the “hottest” days are nearest the top. And, of course, note the total lack of any real significance in any of this…
That’s about it
Still blogging, still random, still with more readers than I’d expect.
Don’t be surprised if the design goes through additional minor tweaks in the near future. Truly contemporary templates require error and error…or is that trial and error?