I’ve used Statcounter to record page loads since I started this blog in October 2007. I know that some bloggers (OK, maybe not UK Outdoors Bloggers!) get over 100,000 page loads every day, whereas it has taken nearly three and a half years for this one to reach that milestone. Google’s own stats, which only started recording data fairly recently, give higher figures (3,404 page loads compared with Statcounter’s 3,334 for last month). Those people using a service such as Google Reader to view the blog will escape detection unless, like the three people last Wednesday (see below) they then go into the blog, to make a rare comment for example. So given that currently the blog has 84 subscribers and 46 ‘followers’ (some or all of whom may be subscribers?) the actual number of people looking at the blog is rather greater than that recorded by either Statcounter or Google.
Visitors seem to average about two page views. Most of them simply arrive at the current blog posting and presumably scroll down if they aren’t bored by the first screen. Others arrive via searches, mainly ‘Google’.
Last Wednesday, with 119 page loads, was a typical day. They can be analysed as follows:
|Direct page loads from friends and known contacts||23|
|Via Google reader||3|
|Via other bloggers' blogrolls||33|
|Via our sister site, topwalks.com||5|
|Via Google image searches||33|
|Via Google etc searches for recipes||9|
|Via Google etc searches for the TGO Challenge||5|
|Via Google etc - other searches||8|
That obviously excludes the visits to Google reader and other subscription services.
It’s interesting (to me anyway), that our other website, topwalks.com (not a commercial site – just one that friends can view to see what we are up to) gets nearly as many page loads, more on some days, despite only being updated every month or so.
So it is with some satisfaction that I observe that both sites are clearly used by people as a resource. It’s a shame that so few make contact by way of comments or emails.
A New Look
Last week I tried to change the blog list to reveal current posts of interest, as I noticed that quite a few visitors to the Postcard come from that direction, so ... just to be fair...
but I played with the template and pressed the wrong button! I tried to get the old one back but I couldn't find it! There is no record. It’s history!
This time I’ve taken a screen dump (above) and I think I'll stick with this template for a while, but I may change the header, footer and background images on a regular basis. At least this new template enables slightly wider images to be loaded.
Any comments / suggestions for improvements will be welcome.
1. Does anyone agree with this comment from Andrew - “the use of some very blue landscapes as background down the right hand side makes a lot of the text difficult to read and some impossible”. Personally, I don’t have a problem, and I spent some time trying to find an image that didn’t cause me a problem! But if it is a problem, I’ll change the background image, which I’m planning to do quite regularly anyway.
2. Theo has asked about the geographical spread of visitors, and the following screen dump shows the spread for the last 500 page loads as at the morning of 3/3/11. The Hungarian page loads come from just one visitor with a fascination for our 2008 TGO Challenge postings, so that’s just a blip.