my bizarre blog stats; peeling back the curtain for friends

You, my friends (especially my wife and my supervisor) know that I’m not blogging these days; I try to focus on my dissertation– with exception of a helpful link or quote here and a brief reflection there. Since I’m extremely small fry in the blogging world, I don’t get too excited about my stats. I do, however, check occasionally to amuse myself and to see what kinds of things people are reading and linking to. Today, I was struck by the stats for the last three days.

  • Monday: 170
  • Tuesday: 170
  • Wednesday: 170 (exactly; no fudging)
  • Thursday/Today: will surely break the chain (70 more to go as I as I write).
  • Last Thursday: 169
  • Last Friday: 171

In case you are curious, the most popular post almost every single day is a cartoon – “What financial crisis?” rural Africans. (Posted 27 October 2008).

In case you don’t know, I’m also an ugali expert.  Anywhere from 5-10 people every single day find me in their quest for ugali. Along the same lines, I’m apparently a source of information for Buckingham Palace – Buckingham Palace’s new Dinka guard (photo), malaria’s 3 stages, and  Dubai airport–see here and here.

Oh yeah, last month I was apparently one of the 20 hottest blogs in east africa. Timing is everything. According to Afrigator,  I was the #12 most popular blog in Kenya the day she posted–that made me #18 in East Africa. Today, I’m #29 (#351 in Africa).

In case you are curious, all this makes me #143 in the biblioblogging world for September.  (My only top 50 appearance was in February (#49), thanks mostly to my crisis cartoon.) Hope that provides a good boost to everyone’s self-esteem ;-).

8 thoughts on “my bizarre blog stats; peeling back the curtain for friends

  1. Jim says:

    it certainly boosts mine. thanks!

  2. Your rock, Ben!

  3. Simon says:

    At least your most popular picture is relevant and political. My blog’s biggest hit is people who google image search “Largest Spider” (third place!).

    Now, to figure out how to turn this into profit? I added a copyright, but in three years, nobody has emailed to purchase its use.

  4. Simon says:

    Actually FIRST for “largest spider ever”

  5. David Ker says:

    Ben, you’ll be glad to know that your stats rival and surpass mine over the same period. I try not to care about visits per day but I do check. 😉

    • Ben says:

      That surprises me; from my perspective, you are in the bigger leagues. I guess we have to keep in mind that you get your hits from creative stuff you’ve actually written. Mine are mostly parasitic.

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