Saturday, January 15, 2005

Circadiana Statistics

Here are the statistics for the first week of existence of this blog:

Circadiana
-- Site Summary ---
Visits
Total ....................... 16,702
Average per Day .............. 2,374
Average Visit Length .......... 0:51
This Week ................... 16,616

Page Views
Total ....................... 19,517
Average per Day .............. 2,775
Average per Visit .............. 1.2
This Week ................... 19,422


Day
Hour 1/7 1/8 1/9 1/10 1/11 1/12 1/13 Total
---- ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ -------
1 0 0 120 234 91 55 54 554
2 0 0 95 237 99 48 43 522
3 0 0 86 196 86 51 42 461
4 0 1 101 108 88 37 64 399
5 0 0 80 117 59 49 65 370
6 0 0 73 131 54 60 57 375
7 0 0 69 191 54 49 62 425
8 0 0 60 295 63 74 60 552
9 0 54 76 381 87 97 74 769
10 0 191 91 472 87 105 57 1,003
11 0 243 109 566 140 128 71 1,257
12 0 217 109 435 144 122 70 1,097
13 0 231 121 513 133 106 83 1,187
14 0 227 119 467 139 104 64 1,120
15 0 186 123 433 114 90 64 1,010
16 0 212 137 346 96 81 56 928
17 0 170 123 281 121 108 49 852
18 0 122 147 260 94 78 79 780
19 0 116 117 180 181 67 45 706
20 0 48 97 186 82 79 36 528
21 0 0 99 115 83 55 31 383
22 1 0 111 171 47 76 32 438
23 1 0 97 143 75 56 40 412
24 1 88 150 116 67 41 25 488
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ -------
3 2,106 2,510 6,574 2,284 1,816 1,323 16,616


What is interesting is that majority of hits are concentrated between 10am and 3pm EST. And, looking at the breakdown of time zones of visitors, most are in the EST zone (though there were visitors from every continent). I expected the hits to be clustered late at night, as most commenters seem to complain about insomnia or extreme "owlishness". But it appears that most people checked the site during lunch break at work or between classes in college. Perhaps this just reflects the fact that many more people surf the web at work than have computers at home. Any ideas?



Note: Yes, you see it correctly. The first day there were only three hits - those are all my own, as I was building the blog, before I excluded my IP address from Sitemeter.

Then, suddenly at about 9am, my early post (http://circadiana.blogspot.com/2005/01/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know.html) got discovered by Cory at BoingBoing, who immediately posted a link to it (http://www.boingboing.net/2005/01/08/sleeps_social_techno.html), which led to an explosion of hits, as well as further links all over news-aggregators, LiveJournals, and later , blogs, (in English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian and Lithuanian, so far) for instance:

http://del.icio.us/
http://www.wittgenstein.it/post/20050113_32455.html
http://www.themaninblue.com/writing/
http://www.geekpress.com/2005_01_12_daily.html#110541268686483277
http://www.happyrobot.net/robotchow/robot_filter.asp?rfid=2364
http://www.furl.net/furledPopular.jsp
http://singlenesia.com/news/story/317101142
http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/003612.html#003612
http://rtfa.net/items/2005/1/10/5.html
http://sysrick.com/2005/01/15.html#a4970
http://www.blacktriangle.org/blog/index.php?p=931
http://lethal.fabrika.lv/?q=1&sid=150
http://www.stumbleupon.com/refer.html
http://www.themaninblue.com/writing/links/

It got blogrolled here:
http://www.woodka.com/
on DailyKosReaders, on Common Ills, several science blogs, and several other places...

The big boom of January 10th was mainly due to the link at Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish blog (http://andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2005_01_09_dish_archive.html#110533163077713382), while the biggest chunk of hits on January 12th and 13th came from the Tangled Bank (http://sciencepolitics.blogspot.com/2005/01/tangled-bank-19.htm).

It is settling down now, and I hope that out of those 17000 people who read that post, about a hundred made a bookmark and will keep coming back. I have argued elsewhere that single-issue expert blogs have a special niche to fill in the blogosphere (http://sciencepolitics.blogspot.com/2005/01/holy-cow.html, http://sciencepolitics.blogspot.com/2005/01/blogs-and-future-of-science.html, http://sciencepolitics.blogspot.com/2005/01/meta-blogging.html) , and am happy to fill one of those with this blog.

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