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Friday, 18 September 2009


Mike, it must be an internet phenomenon, because on my blog Friday or Saturday are the lowest days, with Tuesday or Wednesday being the highest. I've played with posting articles on different schedules to see if it would affect readership cycles, but it doesn't, so now I just post whatever day of the week I want.

Whether you like it or not: Good job on the numbers! :-)

The other day, while I was tabulating my better photos by aperture/rating into a spreadsheet, I thought (again) that I might have enjoyed the life of a statistician.

Perhaps you as well.

I think you're making a mistake by not counting those who go to the most current posting only. I use RSS and when I see a new posting I go directly to that post only.

You may have many like me who use RSS or something like it to know when you have a new posting. I just got through this posting but I will not visit the main page. Why should I? I've read or viewed everything else.

You enjoy it, and we actually read it.

I'm one of your European (Irish) RSS readers. I used to log into the main site, before I discovered RSS, and might have logged in a couple of times of day during my working hours (you know, when I get into the office at 7am, when I am bored and need coffee at 11, and again after lunch maybe). Now I just check the RSS feed in favourites, and if there's something new, I'll click through and read it. So to me this is a more accurate assesment than when you get a hit from me when I'm "just checking". On the other hand, I read some other blogs less often, and when I do, I might read two or three posts in one go - all under one "click". So, pretty hard to measure metrics accuracy I guess.

Incidently, my office job (tech support) is very metric based as far as upper management is concerned, but there is no metric that measure the wealth of experience and knowledge. So guys like me (10+ years) often have worse metrics than newbies - cos the experience cannot be measured compared to sheer numbers which stack up. I dislike metrics in this scenario.

On the flip side, for my "part time" job, being paid to take photographs (portraiture, weddings, etc), I too look at metrics - traffic flow that my website receives. Not that it gives me much information - hard to measure "word of mouth", which generates most of my business!


+1 on John's comment. I'm an RSS subscribe and usually click through to the post.

I also turned off AdBlock for TOP - not many sites get that.

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