With only a few days to go of my contribution to this blog, I thought I’d have a look back at some of the statistics of this blog. A few of them can be seen down the left-hand side of this page – as I write we have:
- 1,688 posts
- 1,266,909 words in those posts
- 26,198 comments
- 2,249,494 words in those comments
But some statistics can only really be seen behind the scenes, so for your curiosity here are a few:
- 1,198,579 all time views
- 3,771 views on the blog’s busiest day ever – which was May 31st last year (the day the review of the City Rail Link business case was released)
- Aside from the main page, the most visited post ever is this one on the world’s best rail systems (generally because it is a high result when searching for maps of Tokyo’s rail network).
- Other top posts include those about new train timetables, the Outer Link timetable and the Super City election results.
- Top referrers have been from No Right Turn, the Campaign for Better Transport and, quite interestingly, intranets from both ARTA and now Auckland Transport. Most people still tend to arrive by way of search engines though.
It has also been interesting to see how visitor numbers to the blog have changed over time, going from under 8000 views in July 2009 to almost 66,000 in August last year – the busiest month so far. This post on Public Address, in particular, seemed to really bring what had previously been a generally ignored blog, into public view.
Of course, it is the knowledge that many hundreds of people visit the blog each day, and that many of them take the time to comment and share their thoughts, which has kept me going and keen to post almost every day. I’m sure it’ll take me some time to adjust – but in the meanwhile I am curious about how the various readers of the blog found their way here the first time, which post do they remember (if any) which encouraged them to keep coming back and if there are any particular favourite posts. Because, I’m a curious person too.