Stats Watching

A moment of true confessions: I’m an obsessive stats watcher. I love knowing who’s coming in and out of here, and how long they’re sticking around. And I’m a bit obsessed, in a weird audience-research sort of way, with seeing what posts draw a crowd and what posts don’t, and with speculating about why. It’s utterly meaningless, as I (thankfully) don’t actually use that information to change what’s going on around here. It’s just amusing, is all, and I’m not quite sure why I find it so.

But, disclaimers aside, a bit of stats watching from the last few days:


I knew that the stuff with Tribble was going to cause something of an uptick, as the academic blogging world went to code orange, but I wasn’t expecting this much of a surge. Nor was I expecting it to linger. But I’m still most surprised here by the short-lived Taibbi frenzy. It’s pretty much passed today — things seem pretty normal — but it was weird last night to catch the zeitgeist at work.

[P.S.: Green = page loads; blue = unique visitors; orange = returning visitors. Just FYI.]

4 thoughts on “Stats Watching

  1. Absolutely. You know what happens when the crappy Nielsen ratings of an otherwise cool TV show get published, right? Other folks see those numbers and think, “wow, no one’s watching, must not be any good.” So yes, relative scale, but no numbers. I need to maintain the illusion that I’m popular.

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