A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Blogger format for posting

Apparently, there is a Statistics page on Blogger that lets me know which posts have been most heavily visited, cumulatively.  The gross figures are:
Pageviews today
Pageviews yesterday
Pageviews last month...............
Pageviews all time history.......
Don't know if that'll line up right or not; but evidently My Faithful Reader has dropped in here an inordinate number of times.  I mean, it's probably nothing compared to high traffic blogs like atheistic Darwin rich-and-famous sex scandal with cute kittens.  (There's a string that'll pull 'em in!)

Now the most popular posts seem mostly to be the most recent, no doubt due to my surging rock-star fame.  A couple are no doubt due to OneBrow.  But I also notice that some posts with many views have also few comments.  So, look but don't touch? 

AMENDED: The first list consists of "Now" which explains why they were all more or less recent.  But I discovered another tab labeled "All Time" so here is the True List of All-Time Favorites:

Sep 1, 2011, 30 comments
7,530 Pageviews

Feb 13, 2012, 34 comments
3,001 Pageviews

Oct 5, 2011, 16 comments
2,118 Pageviews

Sep 18, 2011, 6 comments
1,687 Pageviews

Apr 2, 2012, 45 comments
1,664 Pageviews

Jan 4, 2012, 16 comments
1,636 Pageviews

Dec 19, 2011, 16 comments
1,572 Pageviews

Mar 29, 2012, 4 comments
1,511 Pageviews

Dec 2, 2011, 8 comments
1,440 Pageviews

Jan 8, 2010, 2 comments
1,420 Pageviews

We also notice that the top ten list follows the Pareto principle.  That is, a small number of posts account for a high percentage of pageviews.   The most frequently viewed post is typically twice as often as the second, three times as often as #3, and so on.  Frequency generally runs more or less in proportion to 1/rank.

Viewers come mostly from the USA, with Canada and the UK coming in second/third and Australia after that.  TOF's razor-sharp intellect suspects the English language has something to do with the matter.  Perhaps if I wrote more in rooskaya yazik or auf deutsch?   
United States
United Kingdom


  1. Do you know if people (much like me) that read your blog using Google Reader appear in those statistics?

    1. No, I don't. I didn't see it on the list of traffic sources or operating systems.

  2. I'm always somewhat amazed by how many people will read a post and then do nothing further with it. No comment, no uploads/shares to reditterbook+, no links back. I wouldn't necessarily expect any given person to leave a comment on a large percentage of posts--and thus I suppose that I would expect a large ratio or page viewers to comment leavers, but still. It seems if the percentage of viewers leaving comments exceeds 10%, then that counts as great audience participation (and that's counting each second- and third-time commenter and each second- and third-time viewer as both unique comments/views). Though having spent some time teaching a college course for undergraduate non-majors, I can say that in non-internet situations I'd be quite thrilled to get such a large audience participation.

    Also, I'm intrigued by the report that "Statistics, Obamas, and Internet Memes" counts more comments (34) than page views (19).

  3. For some reason, doesn't want to let me reply to Juan...

    IIRC, no, it doesn't count RSS folks who don't click through.

  4. I really should comment more. This one is a test, as for some reason it wasn't letting me comment previously...