Year end statistics for this site

WordPress has sent me the summary statistics for this year’s postings, and I thought I’d share some of them.  First, the total views:

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That “no conflict” post, sadly, does not reflect anything good I wrote; it’s this post that shows this sign:

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As always, the most popular posts are those picked up by reddit, and involve stuff like leaf beetles, criticism of Mother Teresa, but never anything thoughtful I’ve written! So it goes.

Im not sure what the “posting pattern” graph below means, except there are twelve categories, probably denoting twelve months. Perhaps some reader can explain. But look at the “longest streak”!

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Here are the posts that got the most views, two of which appeared in previous years. For some reason Mother Tersa continues to get lots of views, but it’s merely a notice that two French Canadians published a critique of her. The gynandromorph cardinal, which I posted about before it went viral just a few weeks ago, continues to puzzle me—why so popular?

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Note that post #2, “Sans commentaires,” was put up by Matthew Cobb.

I’m proud of having a worldwide readership. That’s reflected in this map showing readers in 234 countries:

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For a better version, here’s the Wordprss map showing readership over the 365 days ending January 11. The only countries with no views were North Korea (though we had two views from there in 2013!) and South Sudan:

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Here are the top 10 countries in terms of views:

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And here are those countries whose inhabitants gave us ten views or fewer over the year:

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Finally, those readers who commented the most. This will come as no surprise to anybody who reads here regularly. Diana and Ben should get some kind of prize for contributions above the call of duty.

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77 Comments

  1. Posted January 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    “Posting pattern” is when you produced posts. Each little square is a day, in each of 12 months. The fact that they’re all green means you published a post on every single day!

  2. Posted January 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Diana and Ben should get some kind of prize for contributions above the call of duty.

    You mean, like, say, a life? Or maybe just a few free sessions of treatment for SIWOTI?

    <sigh />

    b&

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Or something to fix our bad postures from sitting in front of screens (desktops, laptops, tablets, phones) too often. 🙂

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted January 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        I just want to know how the heck you managed it! Congratulations! I enjoy both your comments, and Diane G, Ant’s and Merilee’s for that matter, so keep it up!

        I’m impressed NZ is so high on the list, given we only have 4.5 million people here. I’d love to see a php graphic.

        • Posted January 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

          Ah, I don’t deserve to be so high. The ranking should be based on word count, not simply number of comments. The majority of mine are “drive by” comments. Others’ (incl. others not on that list) are of much higher quality.

          But thanks to Jerry for hosting such a varied, provocative and interesting bl— website.

          /@

          • merilee
            Posted January 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

            I think that mine are kind of drive-by, as well, often adding fodder to the smart-assedness already posted;-)

            • Posted January 12, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink

              It’s largely cheerful smart-assedness, though. You add substantially to the delight of WEIT!

              • merilee
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

                Thank you, fellow Californian (I think);-)

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

                Yup! Silicon Valley right here!

              • merilee
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

                which part of SV?

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

                West-ish San Jose. I can see Adobe HQ from my roof.

              • merilee
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

                My cousin lives in Los Gatos, overlooking it all. I spent 8 years in Palo Alto, 2 in Berkeley, and 1 in SF. We used to laugh at Do you Know the Way to San Jose, because we thought Who’d want to go there. Things have most def changed;-) I rented a whole little bungalow for $130/mo in Palo Alto…Now it’d be more like $130/day…

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

                When driving to Silicon Valley, I left the sunroof open and got a wicked scalp burn on my hair part!

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

                Oh, my…if Northern California sun will do that to you, you probably need a lead-lined body suit before visiting Arizona….

                b&

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 13, 2015 at 6:59 am | Permalink

                I usually wear sunblock on my hair part or wear a hat & I did neither that time. The sun did seem particularly hot that day though. When I went to NZ many years ago, my nose kept blistering no matter how much sunblock I put on it so I bought a hat. My nose isn’t even that big!! I think the only reason I’m not a wrinkled raisin is I live where the sun rarely shines half the year.

              • Posted January 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

                Well, the Sun rarely shines half the day, here, too…is that what you mean?

                Here in America we call that, “night.”

                b&

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 13, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

                We only have metric night in Canada. Also metric gravity and due to over consumption we’ve had to cut back on our gravity and turn it off for a couple of hours/day.

              • Posted January 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

                You know, we’ve got an awful lot of over-consumptionated Americans here who could really do with some gravity cutbacks…

                …but they’d probably still balk at it, since it seems it’s a metric thing.

                Still, you never know. Soda, of all things, is sold by the two-liter bottle….

                b&

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

                We also have metric soda – we call it, “pop”.

              • Posted January 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

                Well, there goes the…erm…what doth it like, methinks, again…?

                b&

              • Posted January 14, 2015 at 1:27 am | Permalink

                Such levity.

                /@

          • Posted January 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

            The gentleman doth protest too much.

            b&

          • Diane G.
            Posted January 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

            Same here, Ant.

        • Posted January 12, 2015 at 11:59 am | Permalink

          Ah yes, as in moviemaking, opera singing and rugby football, we punch above our weight. I’m impressed you have more readers here than in South Africa or France. Perhaps it’s our #1 ranking in human-ownership by cats….

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

          I’m like Maru and WEIT is the box.

          • Diane G.
            Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

            Ha, that pretty much sums it up.

            • Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

              Alas, ’tis true….

              b&

              • Diane G.
                Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:18 am | Permalink

                The Three Maru-teers!

              • Posted January 13, 2015 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

                One for all, a —

      • Posted January 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

        You mean, like this?

        b&

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

          Those are bad for you if you use them as a chair full time. You’re ok to use it for 20 mins or so.

          I wish I could be suspended i. Water like Luke Skywalker was when he lost his hand.

          • Posted January 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

            I so want one of those antigravity beds promised in so many SF stories….

            b&

            • Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:38 am | Permalink

              Feynman would tell you that every bed is an anti-gravity bed …

              /@

              • Diane G.
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:45 am | Permalink

                …meaning?

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 2:32 am | Permalink

                /@

              • Diane G.
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 2:37 am | Permalink

                Well, that’s just what I’d thought you/he meant. Pin a rose on me. 🙂

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:11 am | Permalink

                🌹

              • Diane G.
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:02 am | Permalink

                I knew that would be emoji-bait.

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:19 am | Permalink

                🐛

              • Diane G.
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

                I’m not biting.

                (Guessing either a set of jaws or a fish here…or fishing tackle…)

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

                Apt; it’s bait. Caterpillar; closest emoji to a maggot.

                /@

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

                It looks like a centipede.

              • Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

                …if so, at ~20 seconds each…that works out to about two bucks an hour….

                b&

              • Diane G.
                Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:04 am | Permalink

                Oh, I got that part! Sorry I didn’t make it clear. My “guessing” was supposed to refer to any subsequent emoji you’d post, perhaps dealing with “biting” in one way or another.

                I’m too clever for my own good. 😀

          • merilee
            Posted January 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

            I thought that sitting on those stability balls was good for your back?

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted January 12, 2015 at 6:55 am | Permalink

              Not all the time because you are using your muscles too much. Kind of like how sitting all day in a normal chair uses your hip flexors (without you knowing it). This just uses different ones that aren’t meant to be constantly flexed. It’s like with anything….

      • gunnerkee19
        Posted January 12, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        Diane, that would be Kelly Starrett’s mobilitywod.com, or either of his books “Becoming a Supple Leopard” and “Ready to Run”. It’s a beautiful thing.

    • Roan Ridgeway
      Posted January 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      It doesn’t follow that frequent posting indicates an impoverished life. McPherson and Goren could certainly lead enriched, productive lives and still post at high rates.

    • Posted January 12, 2015 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Unfortunately the WP stats can’t measure the quality of comments – I would rank the top five as very high, always, even the drive-bys.

      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read through the comments and thought “Where’s Ben? He’ll have something smart to say on this one.” But shortly thereafter I’ll see “I’m late to the party on this one, but …” or something similar.

      If there’s another website (or even a blog!) where the commenters add so much insight and cheer to the posts, it’s not among the sites I frequent.

  3. Carlos Allen
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    It seems these stats fail to consider those who follow you and read ALL your posts on newsreaders. I have your site on my Feedly. So please consider you have MORE than 10 views from this admirer of yours in Brazil. Cheers.

  4. Randy Schenck
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    I don’t even understand what Carlos just said but then, that happens when you get to my age.

    I just hope all of these people have converted or plan to some day.

  5. Nwalsh
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Well done sir, and HT to the top five too.

  6. Kevin
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    The number of views is very encouraging: 10+ million a year. That is a lot of people, since I suspect someone who may only comment two to three times a day (~ 500 – 1000 times a year) may still visit the site ~ 1 – 5 times a day, which is similar to someone who may comment as much as Ben or Diana. If there is about a pool of about 500 regular commenters that would be about 10^5 views from ‘regulars’, or about 1% of the total views. The rest, 99%, goes to educating the public.

  7. Acaria
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I noticed that you only had one hit from Montserrat. I guess that Gordon (Kairosfocus) Mullings is not a big fan.

  8. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Damned little chance of me driving up your viewing rate from DPRK – it looks as if that prospect has finally shut down. Likewise South Sudan, unless it rapidly develops a coastline. And a 700m bathymetry contour.
    (Actually, since our base station passes through Norway, Netherlands and Aberdeen, it’s any guess where I normally appear from. I do routinely find myself being served pages in Cloggy though.

  9. Tumara Baap
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    It would be interesting to have a breakdown of number of views per population of a country. The U.S. would no doubt drop down in the rankings and India would be off the radar, while on the other hand Canada, Britain and the Nordic nations would put up a strong showing…

    • ratabago
      Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:33 am | Permalink

      Ok, if anyone is interested I did some numbers. Index is (views/population)*100, rounded, just to make the comparison easy to see.

      Well done New Zealand and Canada.

      Country Index
      ————————-
      New Zealand 2.56
      Canada 2.53
      UK 1.99
      USA 1.80
      Australia 1.77
      Sweden 1.22
      Netherlands 0.77
      Germany 0.27
      France 0.16
      India 0.01

      (I hope the formatting survives)

      • ratabago
        Posted January 12, 2015 at 5:33 am | Permalink

        (I hope the formatting survives) Nope! Hey-ho.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 12, 2015 at 7:31 am | Permalink

          It’s okay, we can still see it. 🙂 Good job.

        • Diane G.
          Posted January 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

          Yes, thanks!

          • merilee
            Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:01 am | Permalink

            OT:

            Anyone seen Tim’s Vermeer? Fascinating movie by Penn Gilette about a theory that Vermeer used mirrors (but not smoke) to paint his very realistic paintings. The eponymous Tim, an inventor but not a painter, recreates in painstaking detail the conditions under which he believes Vermeer painted and comes up with an amazing copy of his Music Lesson.

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3089388/

            • Diane G.
              Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:29 am | Permalink

              When you say OT, you mean it. 😉

              I’ve read about that before but not seen a movie of it. Certainly was an interesting hypothesis; tested, and probably proved!

              • merilee
                Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:41 am | Permalink

                Pretty close to proved. Even David Hockney said he was 90% convinced.

      • peepuk
        Posted January 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

        maybe we should do more topics about sheep and beavers

  10. Bhagwan
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Superb!

    And how’s the ranking (among the WordPress blogs) looking?

  11. lkr
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Mother Teresa and the gynandromorphy cardinal — sounds like two figures in a pornographic cartoon in Charlie Hebdo…

  12. Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    The “posting pattern” would show you the days (a pattern) I guess, but you were very prolific and posted all-year-around (with some help, who did a great job, too)

    I can sense a frustration though that content creation isn’t valued as much as curation, at least not in hard numbers (hits, comments et cetera). That is indeed a concern that perhaps drove others into copypasta and clickbait blogging. That’s not good.

    Overall, it looks like great year and you have interesting things in store in this one. I’m looking forward to the Sophisticated Theologian season. Do you keep the name or update it so it matches your recent publication? (Profesor Ceiling Katz you’ve mentioned recently would make for a splendid timeless name as another option). WEIT is fine and established though, I’m not saying you should change anything, I’m just curious. 🙂

  13. Coolred38
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I can’t see your full list of countries and number of readers/comments etc… but I dare say I am probably a lone one from Bahrain. I read them all but don’t always comment because I don’t like to show my ignorance in public.

    🙂

  14. Dominic
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    You have readers in Franz Josef Land but not Svalbard???
    !
    🙂

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted January 12, 2015 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      The Armoured Bears are not internet-savvy.

  15. Genghis
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    I’d just like to point out that I often find myself in obscure regions of the world. Those views from Turkmenistan, for instance, were probably just me.

  16. jrhs
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    If it takes a minute on average to write a comment, then 8296/60 = 138.27 hours = 5.76 days! 🙂

  17. RossR
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Some of the people who were interested in your gynandromorph cardinal were probably hoping for some kind of anti-Catholic slur.

  18. peepuk
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    very nice stats

  19. Joseph Yau
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I live in China, Hong Kong. The geographic density map didn’t show many professor cat ceiling fans in my area, however. It sure would be good to know if I have a few a comrade in arms in my country!

  20. Billy Windsock
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Glad to be one of a million Brits that check in. Every day for me, cats, science and rational thinking. What’s not to like?

  21. Posted January 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Wouldn’t it be great of all the readers signed up to WordPress and logged in and made a brief comment, just so we can get a better idea who’s following PCC? Would it be a good idea to have a special ‘stand up and be counted with Jerry’ day?


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