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Some people’s words just make you smile

August 30, 2018

I got this delightful email from a reader in the UK—I like the way she writes :-)

I’ve only just discovered your lovely, informative WordPress blog, courtesy of an extremely boring temp job where I thankfully and gleefully had internet access. I might not have made it through those days without you. I love the techy stuff anyway, but I was like a dog with two tails when I discovered the ‘freewheeling through the ribbon with the mouse scroll’, and the ‘shakey shakey’ technique to drop the other windows. Strangers who passed me in the street on the way home now know of these two joys.

Glad I could help, Tessa!

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Hitting 12 million

June 20, 2018

Sometime this morning (20 June 2018), this blog hit 12 million views. That’s 1 million more than when I last looked some 6 months ago (see https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/2017-blog-statistics/).

I’ll do a full round-up of this blog’s statistics at the end of the year.

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2017 blog statistics

January 1, 2018

Sometime in December 2017, this blog hit 11 million views since I started blogging in 2008! Some 1.84 million views occurred just in 2017, and it ticked over to 10 million views in mid-June. These figures don’t include any visits I made to my own blog (yes, I use my own blog for stuff I can’t remember!).

I wrote far fewer blog posts in 2017 (less than 40), so many of these visits were to posts I’ve written in previous years. I’ve written 1749 blog posts since 2008.

Surprisingly, I only have 607 subscribers (you can subscribe by clicking the ‘Sign me up!’ button on the right sidebar and entering your email address) who have signed up to receive email alerts each time I post a new article (and 819 Twitter followers for @cybertext), so I have to assume most readers are ‘hit and run’ readers — those who have a problem with Word or whatever, find one of my posts via Google etc., read the post, get what they came for (or not), and leave without checking out anything else.

Here are some graphs and tables for the 2017 statistics for this blog, as well as some comparative ones for ‘all time’ (‘all time’ is actually 2008 to 2017 — I started this blog very late in 2007, but didn’t really start posting until January 2008, so the 2007 statistics are too low to be significant).

Total views by month/year

Average daily views

The average views per day increased in 2016 (5053 per day) compared to 2016 (4777 per day), but were still a little behind the peak recorded in 2015 (5533 per day). The graphs above and below are for the full seven days per week, though most views occur during the five business days of the working week, probably reflecting the need to find answers to Word questions and the like when people are stuck with a problem at work. Weekends and major public holidays (particularly in the US) see a noticeable drop in views, as does the December/January holiday period and the northern hemisphere summer (July).

Top 20 posts

 

Some posts are just more popular than others! Those highlighted in blue appear in both lists — the top 20 posts of all time (2008-2017) on the left, and 2017 only on the right. Those without highlighting only appear in one of the top 20 lists. The numbers to the right of each title are the number of total views for that post in the time period.

Long tail

As expected, there’s a significant ‘long tail’ for this blog’s views. The top 20 posts (all have 20,000 views or more) garnered the most views. Everything else was a poor cousin to these top posts.

When I extracted out the views just for the top posts for 2008-2017 (i.e. >20,000 views each) and the top 20 for 2017 only (both below), the long tail was very evident. Again, the top 10 posts for all time garnered the most views, with posts 10 to 110 tailing off and flattening out. And for the 2017 view, the top six posts garnered the most views, then tapered off significantly after that.

So, there you have it. Ten years of blogging, 1749 blog posts published, and just over almost 11 million views (with 1.84 million of those in the past 12 months).

I guess I must be doing something right, even though the monetary return is close to zero. I pay an annual fee to WordPress to NOT show advertisements on this blog (I wouldn’t get any return from these even if I allowed them), and I refuse to try to ‘monetize’ my blog posts by hosting them elsewhere and running ads — I don’t like ads cluttering up and getting in the way of good content and potentially trapping readers into clicking on them, and I suspect my readers don’t like them either. Instead of ads, I have an option for readers to donate to this blog’s expenses if anything I’ve written has got them out of a bind, saved them time (and therefore money), or helped them be more efficient. In 2017 I received perhaps the equivalent of one hour’s paid work in donations… I use that money to pay my annual bill to WordPress to keep this blog free of ads and to have the convenience of adjusting the style (CSS) of this blog.

As in 2017, I’ll be writing posts sporadically in 2018 — I still have a day job that I’m committed to, and paid work always comes before unpaid work.

See also:

[Links last checked January 2018]

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Getting close…

June 9, 2017

My blog stats as at this morning (Friday 9 June 2017). I predict it’ll tip over the 10 million mark by Monday. Wow.

Sunday 11 June 2017, 11:15am. Nearly there:

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Monday 12 June 2017, 9:30am. Almost…:

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As predicted, the counter ticked over to 10 million sometime on Monday 12 June 2017, between 4:30pm and 8:30pm. Stats as at Tuesday 13 June 2017, 6:20am:

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2016 blog statistics

January 1, 2017

Sometime towards the end of 2016, this blog hit 9 million views since I started blogging in 2008! Some 1.75 million views occurred just in 2016. These figures don’t include any visits I made to my own blog (yes, I use my own blog for stuff I can’t remember!).

I wrote far fewer blog posts in 2016 (less than 30), so many of these visits were to posts I’ve written in previous years. I’ve written 1715 blog posts since 2008.

Surprisingly, I only have 528 subscribers (you can subscribe by clicking the ‘Sign me up!’ button on the right sidebar and entering your email address) who have signed up to receive email alerts each time I post a new article (and 779 Twitter followers for @cybertext), so I have to assume most readers are ‘hit and run’ readers — those who have a problem with Word or whatever, find one of my posts via Google etc., read the post, get what they came for (or not), and leave without checking out anything else.

Here are some graphs and tables for the 2016 statistics for this blog, as well as some comparative ones for ‘all time’ (‘all time’ is actually 2008 to 2016 — I started this blog very late in 2007, but didn’t really start posting until January 2008, so the 2007 statistics are so low as to be insignificant).

Total views by month/year

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Average daily views

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The average views per day started to decrease in 2016 (4777 per day) compared to 2015 (5533 per day). The graphs above and below are for the full seven days per week, though most views occur during the five business days of the working week, probably reflecting the need to find answers to Word questions and the like when people are stuck with a problem at work. Weekends and major public holidays (particularly in the US) see a noticeable drop in views.

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Top 20 posts

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Some posts are just more popular than others! Those 12 highlighted in blue appear in both lists — the top 20 posts of all time (2008-2016) on the left, and 2016 only on the right. Those without highlighting only appear in one of the top 20 lists. The numbers to the right of each title are the number of total views for that post in the time period.

Long tail

As expected, there’s a significant ‘long tail’ for this blog’s views. The top 20 posts (all have 20,000 views or more) garnered the most views. Everything else was a poor cousin to these top posts.

When I extracted out the views just for the top posts for 2008-2016 (i.e. >20,000 views each) and the top 20 for 2016 only (both below), the long tail was very evident. Again, the top 10 posts for all time garnered the most views, with posts 10 to 97 tailing off and flattening out. And for the 2016 view, the top five posts garnered the most views, then tapered off significantly after that.

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So, there you have it. Nine years of blogging, 1714 blog posts published, and almost 9.2 million views (with 1.75 million of those in the past 12 months).

I guess I must be doing something right, even though the monetary return is close to zero. I pay an annual fee to WordPress to NOT show advertisements on this blog (I wouldn’t get any return from these even if I allowed them), and I refuse to try to ‘monetize’ my blog posts by hosting them elsewhere and running ads — I don’t like ads cluttering up and getting in the way of good content and potentially trapping readers into clicking on them, and I suspect my readers don’t like them either. Instead of ads, I have an option for readers to donate to this blog’s expenses if anything I’ve written has got them out of a bind, saved them time (and therefore money), or helped them be more efficient. In 2016 I received perhaps the equivalent of one hour’s paid work in donations… I use that money to pay my annual bill to WordPress to keep this blog free of ads and to have the convenience of adjusting the style (CSS) of this blog.

As in 2016, I’ll be writing posts sporadically in 2017 — I still have a day job that I’m committed to, and paid work always comes before unpaid work.

See also:

[Links last checked January 2017]

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World domination achieved!

June 11, 2016

Yesterday I got an email from a US friend. He’s in Budapest (Hungary) attending a tech writing/user assistance conference (UA Europe). He’s in a session presented by someone from The Netherlands when he spots a screenshot of a page from this blog! He has enough time to capture it on his phone and send it to me. How cool is that — a Dutch presenter showing a page from an Australian’s blog, seen and captured by an American, in Hungary!

Even cooler, the presenter said that it was great example of a ‘perfectly complete task explanation’ and ‘This rocks!’ My work here is done — I think with this, I have achieved world domination ;-)

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(In case you’re interested, the blog post the speaker referenced was: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/word-insert-a-multi-page-pdf/)

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2015 blog statistics

January 1, 2016

Sometime during 2015, this blog broke through the 6 and 7 million views since I started blogging in 2008 — I didn’t even notice until now! By 31 December 2015, it had had more than 7.4 million views. Some 2 million views (more than one-third) occurred just in 2015. These figures don’t include any visits I made to my own blog (yes, I use my own blog for stuff I can’t remember!).

I wrote far fewer blog posts in 2015 (less than 50), so many of these visits were to posts I’ve written in previous years. I’ve written just under 1700 blog posts since 2008.

Surprisingly, I only have 454 subscribers (you can subscribe by clicking the button on the right sidebar and entering your email address) who have signed up to receive email alerts each time I post a new article (and 699 Twitter followers for @cybertext), so I have to assume most readers are ‘hit and run’ readers — those who have a problem with Word or whatever, find one of my posts via Google etc., read the post, get what they came for (or not), and leave without checking out anything else.

Here are some graphs and tables for the 2015 statistics for this blog, as well as some comparative ones for ‘all time’ (‘all time’ is actually 2008 to 2015 — I started this blog very late in 2007, but didn’t really start posting until January 2008, so the 2007 statistics are so low as to be insignificant).

Total views by month/year

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Average daily views

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The average views per day have increased a lot — from between 3500 and 5500 per month in 2014 (average per day throughout the year = 4350), to mostly between 5000 and 6000 in 2015 (average per day throughout the year = 5533). The graphs above and below are for the full seven days per week, though most views occur during the five business days of the working week, probably reflecting the need to find answers to Word questions and the like when people are stuck with a problem at work. The weekends and major public holidays (particularly in the US and especially in November and December) see a notable drop in views.

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Top 20 posts

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Some posts are just more popular than others! Those 12 highlighted in blue appear in both lists — the top 20 posts of all time (2008-2015) on the left, and 2015 only on the right. Those without highlighting only appear in one of the top 20 lists. The numbers to the right of each title are the number of total views for that post in the time period.

Long tail

As expected, there’s a significant ‘long tail’ for this blog’s views. The top 20 posts (all have 20,000 views or more) garnered the most views. Everything else was a poor cousin to these top posts.

When I extracted out the views just for the top posts for 2008-2015 (i.e. >20,000 views each) and the top 20 for 2015 only (both below), the long tail was very evident. Again, the top 15 posts for all time garnered the most views, with posts 15 through to 87 tailing off and flattening out. And for the 2015 view, the top four posts garnered the most views, then tapered off significantly after that.

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So, there you have it. Eight years of blogging, 1691 blog posts published, and 7.4 million views (with more than 2 million of those in the past 12 months).

I guess I must be doing something right, even though the monetary return is close to zero. I pay an annual fee to WordPress to NOT show advertisements on this blog (I wouldn’t get any return from these even if I allowed them), and I refuse to try to ‘monetize’ my blog posts by hosting them elsewhere and running ads — I don’t like ads cluttering up and getting in the way of good content and potentially trapping readers into clicking on them, and I suspect my readers don’t like them either. Instead of ads, I have an option for readers to donate to this blog’s expenses if anything I’ve written has got them out of a bind, saved them time (and therefore money), or helped them be more efficient. In 2015 I received perhaps the equivalent of one hour’s paid work in donations… I use that money to pay my annual bill to WordPress to keep this blog free of ads and to have the convenience of adjusting the style (CSS) of this blog.

As in 2015, I’ll be writing posts sporadically in 2016 — I still have a day job that I’m committed to, and paid work always comes before unpaid work.

See also:

[Links last checked January 2016]