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On stats and posting

Well, here is a post on how I write this blog.

When I created this blog, it was to be as as outlet for the various things that I wish to say in the course of a day/week, but never can, because there are some things that do not make good conversation. But blogging is addictive, and soon, I was tracking page views, traffic sources and audience and getting excited about seeing the numbers rise up. So here is what the stats show.

The first thing that I notice is that almost every post gets about 30 views. That would be the size of the audience that I have. Most people (~70%) use windows and about 20% use UNIX, and the remaining use a Mac. Firefox is the browser used by around 50% of people, and Chrome comes in at 42%. Not surprisingly, most of the traffic is not via facebook, where I post a link as soon as I update this blog. Of course, most people on facebook have news feeds full of farmville and other silly quizzes. Surprisingly, one referring URL is! How does that happen?

Then I see that a large portion of my audience is from India. There is a small section in the USA comprising of friends who stay there. 3 views from Australia, wonder how they got here, and 7 from the Netherlands. These correspond to the times I applied for adsense on this blog. It was rejected each time citing inappropriate content.

So how do I post given these stats? I generally like to post as and when I feel like, but the stats are too compelling. Every time a post gets its quota of 30 views, I think of writing the next post. But then, I notice that if I post too quickly, then the newer post does not get as many views. So this means that ideally, I need to post around once a week. This is slightly annoying, as I am running out of good ideas for posts. Hence, meaningless posts like this one.

To the 30 odd people who continue to follow my blog: Thanks!


  1. Every time a post gets its quota of 30 views, I think of writing the next post. Wow, you're brimming with ideas to say the least :P.

    Here's another weird observation I made on my stats - Publicizing in different places with a good amount of delay (say half a day) between each helps get more views than publicizing all at once.

  2. That is indeed an interesting observation. Shall try it sometime.


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