2 October 2013

Statistics

Like my good blogging chum, R.Brague in Canton, Georgia USA, I occasionally look at my blogging stats. Now I have been churning out this fascinating blog since June 2005. I was a young man when I started - not this old fart you see before you now. I have enjoyed so many "hits" I feel like a punch bag in a gymnasium. Blogger lets you know which are your most visited blogposts and here are my top ten:-
  1. Chavs (Sept 2009)
  2. Waxwing (Feb 2011)
  3. Mistake (April 2012)
  4. JCB (August 2012)
  5. Mimicry (Dec 2010)
  6. Baxinsky (Sept 2013)
  7. Pith (April 2012)
  8. Bamber (Dec 2011)
  9. Nilsson (Aug 2011)
  10. Desman (Sept 2012)
There appears to be no rhyme or reason why these blogposts have made it to my top ten. The "Chavs" post is ridiculously popular with over twenty six thousand recorded page views and I wonder why "Baxinsky" - posted only last month - has crept in at number six. If I were asked to select my ten "best" posts I doubt that any of these ten would have been picked. I'd have mostly picked posts that have recorded my various travels both abroad and at home - all accompanied by my own award-winning photographs.

If you are a blogger and not a passing voyeur or government snooper - what is your own most visited blogpost I wonder?...But before you answer I must get my fat arse into gear and travel over to my son's house to continue with the kitchen decorating that I began yesterday. Ceiling done - walls and woodwork to go. I am surely living the retirement dream...

24 comments:

  1. 26000 page views ~ you sure it is not a bot hitting your pages ~ not that I am questioning your fine writing ~ in fact I will now read your top ten to shut myself up.

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    1. Sir YP ~ being the little Internet detective I am, I have read your Top 10 Hits and offered my suggestions on each as to why I think they are getting HIT by automated search engines. I personally don't have my blogs listed on any search engines. Why? Umm something to do with kids in my class going Carol + Cunningham + Cairns. Like Helsie I would like you to nominate your own Top 10 reads, particularly for those of us who haven't been following for long.

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    2. Thank you for your comments on my top ten posts. I very much appreciate the input of an IT professional and duly bow to your expertise. With "Chavs" hits I think it's all down to Google searching because when you type in "chavs", on the cfirst page ca picture comes up linked to my post.

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    3. Sir YP ~ note returning to formalities as requested ~ honestly, I could be wrong, but it was fun finding a recurring theme in your posts. I noticed there was nothing about homemade bombs which would have faired high too. You know what kids are like. I don't have to tell you :)

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  2. Dear Pudding, you don't work in PR/Marketing by any chance, do you? Great ploy to make us read your pevious spoutings.

    I never look at my stats (true, no bull). I don't want to know how many people enter my sanctum at the watercooler. If I did I'd go all self conscious and we know what that does to spontaneous outpourings: Grinds them to a halt - that's what. A bit like Tom and his shank.

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    1. When your statistics are 36-24-36, I can understand why you feel no need to check them out because all the gentlemen you encounter are checking your stats out for you.

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  3. Interesting. I had a look at mine and a few of the top ten are pretty strange ones to be up there in the popularity stakes. Some of the ones I really liked hardly managed a comment .Perhaps I'll go back and pick my favourite from each year and promote it to my current readers

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    1. Great idea Helsie. I asked RWP which his 10 favorites were too.

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    2. Helen - Rooting around for old posts saves having to think about new posts. This could take off as a blogging epidemic.

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  4. There doesn't seem much rhyme or reason for popularity. My M is for Mighty Mite post is regularly my most read post, but I couldn't tell you why.

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    1. Love cross posting :). If you say it's popular Mr Parrot, I shall read. Thank you.

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    2. Dear SP, I like ALL of your posts - even when you ignore my insightful comments!

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  5. YP, I've decided I will drop the "Mr. Pudding" as everyone including you seem to prefer the initials. That is some mighty impressive stats!

    I looked at my top 3 and I agree with you and Helsie. I don't know why they were more popular. I have a theory that it might not be only the particular blog but also the one that precedes it.

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    1. Actually David, I prefer the formality of Mr Pudding. These young whippersnappers who insist on calling me YP, never once sought permission to address me in this casual manner!

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    2. Mr. Pudding it is. As you have most perceptively perceived, I prefer David although my peers often just call me dude.

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  6. Regarding that first one, "Chavs", I must be living in another world as I never heard the term before in my life. It must be a British Isles thing and, as you know, I have no interest whatsoever in the British Isles.

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    1. Monsieur La Brague, Strip away your American veneer and what do we find underneath? A French frog with a beret and garlic breath - so no wonder you have no interest whatsoever in the British Isles!

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  7. My top one was, surprise surprise, a rant on the Catalan elections - Catalans love reading about themselves. 12,000 visits apparently. Slightly more interesting, no.2 was one about Barça Football Club (10,000). And in at the no.3 spot a piece on ELO, Best Pop Group Ever (after the Beatles) - but only got a mere 980 visits.
    Interesting, I'd never looked at these statistics before, only been looking at the total visits to the blog. So, thanks for the suggestion - and well done on your amazing success!

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    1. Brian - I am surprised. I thought your top blogpost would be the one about the stripogram girl you seduced on your stag night. What was her name - Lola? I assume your wife has heard that story before. Very entertaining - especially the bit about the squirty cream!.

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    2. Ssshh! I deleted that post a couple of months back ...

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  8. I have odd 'toppers too'. I suspect that the posts we do on obscure words are popular because few others have done them. At the risk of casting dispersions on anyone's bog's literary merit, the number of hits are often (but not always) independent of that quality. My top three are 'Ilan Koo' (an obscure space and aeronautics engineer who writes lovely poetry), 'Sorry - a useful form' (a silly fill-in-the-spaces apology form) and the quite worthy series I did on tonal drawing, led by the post 'Tonal drawing exercises - graphite'.

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    1. It appears that blogpost popularity is another of the mysteries of the universe.

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  9. Lord Yorkshire Pudding, Your Most Honourable and Exalted Self, MiLord:

    Okay, enough with the bowing and scraping. I do look at certain statistics on my blog, but I had never looked at these. Therefore, I shall soon be publishing my own findings on my own blog. You don't think I would publish them on yours, do you?

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    1. Sharpshooting Sheriff Bobby Joe Brague,
      If you do wish to publish your findings on this blog, I shall require a fee of $150 which seems eminently reasonable. I await your response.

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Mr Pudding welcomes all genuine comments - even those with which he disagrees. However, puerile or abusive comments from anonymous contributors will continue to be given the short shrift they deserve. Any spam comments that get through Google/Blogger defences will also be quickly deleted.