The State of this Blog

Posted on November 2, 2008 by


In the wake of the digital history-focused discussions (here and here) of last week, I figured it was time to check the stats for this blog. Though it did not really go active until February 21, 2008, I actually opened the blog site on November 3, 2007. So, though it has been an “active blog” for less than nine months, tomorrow marks the official one year anniversary.

I’m still sorting through the stats and supporting data to find what it takes to make a blog an interactive experience, but, on the surface it looks like this blog has moved along fairly well. I’m rather pleased with the climb in page views over the last nine months. Since February 21, the page views have increased from 351 in February to 2,702 in October. The top five months were (from #1 to #5) September (2,865), October (2,702), April (1,481), March (1,277), and August (1,248). The low five months were (in order from lowest to highest) February (351), June (776), May (948), July (1,135), and August (1,248). Of course, the intersect between best and worst number of page views is in the month of August.

The frequency of postings was heaviest in March (19 posts) and was lowest in May and June (1 each). In all, the postings were as follows (note: weeks are not defined in this review as a full seven days):

February – 9 days of posts (posted at least once in 3 weeks out of 5)
March – 19 days of posts (posted at least once in 5 weeks out of 6)
April – 15 days of posts (posted at least once in 5 weeks out of 5)
May – 1 day of posting (posted once in 1 week out of 5)
June – 1 day of posting (posted once in 1 week out of 5)
July – 6 days of posts (posted at least once in 4 weeks out of 5)
Aug – 5 days of posts (posted at least once in 2 weeks out of 5)
Sep – 15 days of posts (posted at least once in 4 weeks out of 5)
Oct – 11 days of posts (posted at least once in 4 weeks out of 5)

Also, as of 3 p.m., Oct. 31, 2008, the following applies:

Total views since this blog was started = 12,761
Busiest day 10/31/2008 (210 views); before that, the busiest day was 3/18/08
Total posts = 110
Comments = 215 (this includes comments I made in response to comments made by readers)
Categories = 10
Tags = 824

I’m still scratching my head over the top viewed post (A dose of Irish). The second highest viewed post is my curriculum vitae. After that, the top dozen posts with over one hundred page views all relate to Civil War memory. Within the “memory” range, posts focused on Southern Unionists, Black Confederates, the Confederate soldier, and “learned animosity.” The posts with over 100 page views include

A dose of Irish, among other things 679 views
Curriculum Vitae 451 views
Assumptions (maybe?… and hopefully not… 232 views
Fading “memories” of the Civil War 179 views
The he-man Lincoln-haters club 157 views
Would it not be better… 156 views
No need for “interpretation” 154 views
A “grave case” of mistaken identity…  122 views
Southern Unionists as traitors… 120 views
Reflections on Cold Mountain… 117 views
The Shenandoah Valley’s Delegates… 111 views
More on headstones, pensions and “Black Confederates” 111 views
Southern Unionists in the Union army… 109 views
More evidence to chip away at the myth… 107 views

Posts that focus on the practice of digital history are relatively low in the rankings. All have less than 50 views each. But then, the bulk of my posts have focused on Civil War memory.

Another interesting aspect of this blog is the audience. I haven’t taken the time to go through the sitemeter stats yet, but I do know that I have had visitors (from most to least) from across the U.S., Europe (the U.K., Germany and Poland rank high), Asia, Australia, and Africa.

All-in-all, I’m not disappointed considering this blog was a project that sprung out of the hypertext theory course that I took in the spring semester. If someone would have told me I would become so active with a blog, I would have told them they were nuts; but I look forward to continuing it. Thanks for reading!

Note of 11/3/08: I see that Harry over at Bull Runnings has also looked into his blog stats. It’s great to see this, not for the sake of competing, but as something for me to consider while analyzing my stats.  It also fits well into our earlier discussions about digital history. What, for example, is effective digital history and how can effectiveness be measured in the stats of a blog? Thanks for sharing, Harry. More fuel for discussion.