It’s a year since I discovered ClustrMaps which records visitor locations and numbers.
An email last night advised me that the record for the past 12 months is being archived and a fresh map started.
If this didn’t happen the map would turn into a giant red blob.
For the record, here’s where visitors have come from in the last year:
UPDATE: on the subject of visitors Something Should Go Here has the February blog stats. His vary quite markedly from the sitemeter rankings at Open Parachute and Tim Selwyn’s blogosphere rankings at Tumeke!
Tim Selwyn has posted the NZ Blogospehre top-20 for June.
Scrubone has the Half Done stats for July.
Open Parachute has done the NZ blog ranks for July too, with a change in methodology which puts his rankings more in line with the other two.
Being out of the country for all of July with a couple of weeks with no access to a computer had an impact on visitor numbers to Homepaddock. It also showed a relationship between the number of posts and number of visitors.
I’d expected fewer posts to result in fewer return visits but it appears to also have led to fewer unique visits too.
However, while being in the top 20 is flattering, I’m very aware of that quantity deosn’t equal quality.
To stop myself taking too much from my place in the rankings, I note that spam outweighs real comments by about 10 to 1.
If that doesn’t work I look at some of the frequently used search terms which lead people to Homepaddock. They suggest people arrive by accident while hoping for some very strange things which they definitely won’t find here.
Monkey with Typewriter is discouraged by a lack of feedback so has written his last post.
I’m sorry because I enjoy his satirical view.
Some of the fun in blogging is the feedback and it’s easy enough to count comments but it’s harder to gauge readership because some people check blogs through RSS readings rather than visits. And while I won’t pretend to understand how Alexa gets its numbers I’ve noticed they don’t seem to have any correlation with the Sitemeter stats.
In spite of a ranking of 12 in Half Done’s February blog ranking, and a rise of three to 12th in Tumeke’s January ranking , Homepaddock is at 23 in Open Parachute’s rating and I could be upset by the apparent fall or happy to be so high when there’s hundreds of NZ blogs around.
But what stands out for me is not the places but the difference between them. If you look at the gulf between Kiwiblog’s well-deserved grasp on the top spot and compare the numbers of visitors, posts and comments that keep him there with mine I’m just paddling in the shallows.
That doesn’t matter to me. I enjoy the feedback and appreciate comments, I also check visitor stats now and then and like it when they increase but if my blogging depended on numbers of either or both I’d have given up months ago.
UPDATE: MWT fans can relax, the monkey has had second thoughts.
Scrubone at Something Should Go Here Maybe Later has compiled the Half Done November blog stats the top 20 of which are:
The blogosphere had some comings and goings in November – Roarprawn took a holiday, but has returned; Matthew Hooton and Chris Trotter left Policyblog but the latter moved to Bowalley Road, Anti-Dismal and The Hive closed and there have been two newcomers: Dear John and The Bull Pen.
I suspect Homepaddock’s 10th spot on the Half Done rankings is a lot higher than the Tumeke! rankings which Tim Selwyn is compiling now because I’ve noticed a fall in visitors and comments since the election.
Apropos of that in November:
* I wrote 226 posts.
* Received 14,414 visitors, including the most on any one day (1,160 on November 4th because of a post about the Melbourne Cup photo finish which must have shown up high on Google searches).
* Had 378 comments, the most on a single post was 14 on November 10 about the blue wash being bad for democracy.
Scrubone has posted blog stats for the first half of November at Something Should Go Here Maybe Later.
The list goes up to 169 and the top 20 are:
What strikes me is how much ahead of the field Kiwiblog is, and deservedly so because David Farrar consistently manages to maintain both the quantity and quality of his posts.
Scrubone explains how the rankings were reached here.