Saturday, January 12, 2008

measuring the virtual soap box

So it's easy to think this blogging gig gives you a big soap box to stand on. Looking at my daily hit count I see a couple hundred unique users daily these days. I think, 'wow' I have almost attained the readership of the Gammy Bird. Yet, when I look at how people are finding the blog I realize those numbers are not all they seem to be. For example, you can check this out yourself. Try this exact search which someone really used only to find Null Space: ohio workers comp + death benefits + reapportioment once children reach the age of majority (sic). The misspelling of 'reapportionment' probably was key, but they must have been disappointed in what they found. I don't think I was very helpful on their research topic...... and consistently the most popular search leading to this blog: Mallow Cup Prize Catalog. No joke. There is something about chaos theory to this... but I can't quite put it into words.

If you want a good overview explaining the measurement of the blogosphere and blog-metrics see this explanation from down under: blog statistics and demographics.


Blogger Unknown said...

I only read via Google Reader (my preferred RSS reader.) I'd expect I'm not the only one who reads, but almost never visits your site. Do your stats capture RSS subscribers?

Saturday, January 12, 2008 1:28:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...


Saturday, January 12, 2008 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

thanks for reading for sure. I believe Google Reader 'views' can't be captured by my analytics. Maybe they make those stats available elsewhere, but there are other aggregators that also will generate views not be captured by direct hit capture data.

Sunday, January 13, 2008 7:54:00 AM  

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