Jan 2, 2008
In API's/Mashup, WordPress
When I published my year end stats, little did I know that numbers alone doesn’t matter much, unless they are presented in an easily-to understand manner.
So here I am representing the same numbers but in a much more understandable manner, with some support from the excellent Google Chart API, which I learned during pipesCamp.
Number of posts
You could see that the number of posts has almost dropped by 40% in 2007. There were 64 posts in 2006 where as only 38 in 2007. One reason for this is that lot of unexpected things happened in my personal life which took me away from the computer and the other reason is that I got busy and free time became a rare commodity for me. So this is an area where I should improve.
Number of comments
Again, as with the number of posts, the number of comments was also less by around 40%. There were 394 comments in 2006 but only 220 in 2007. This also includes my own comments; maybe I should represent my comments separately.
Average number of characters in posts
This graph clearly shows that average number of characters in my posts. Even though I have written fewer posts in 2007, the average number of characters has increased, which is good (which also means that I have become very talkative 😉 ). This is very good and is also motivating. In 2008 I should keep up the length of the posts and at the same time should also try to increase their number.
Total number of characters in posts
This graph clearly shows that even though I have written fewer posts, I have almost written the same amount of characters in 2007 when compared with 2006, which is again motivating.
I have really become addicted to stats now and will try to dig more deep into my blog to unearth other valuable information when I get some time. This explains why everybody was soo fascinated by Yuvi’s cool graphs.
Meanwhile you can also publish your yearend stats by using my Year End Stats WordPress Plugin. So what does your yearend stats speak about your blogging habit? Please leave a link to your yearend stats in the comments so that I can have a look at it.
PS: I would really love to see how Yuvi has scaled up this year. May be Yuvi, do it when you find time in between your exams.
Posted in API's/Mashup, WordPress
Tagged Google Charts, stats, WordPress, Year End Stats
Jan 1, 2008
Publishing year end stats seems to be the new fashion and so here are the year end stats for my blog.
- Total number of posts in 2007: 38 Posts
- Total number of comments in 2007: 220 comments
- Average length of posts in 2007: 3048.03 Letters
- Total length of all posts in 2007: 115825 Letters
By the way this is very low when compared to my previous year (2006) stats
- Total number of posts in 2006: 64 Posts
- Total number of comments in 2006: 394 Comments
- Average length of posts in 2006: 1813.16 Letters
- Total length of all posts in 2006: 116042 Letters
I guess it is right time that I start writing more on my blog. So here goes my first resolution for the year 2008, write more in my blog. 🙂
I have also created a WordPress Plugin called WP Year End stats which you can use to get stats for your blog.
Wish you all a happy new year 🙂
Posted in WordPress
Tagged 2007, stats, WordPress, Year End Stats
Jan 15, 2007
In Google/Yahoo, Random/Personal
One of the things which shocked me when I came out of my hiding period is the sudden disappearance of Performancing Metrics. As you have guessed by now, I was using it here to have an understanding of how my users use my site.
Performancing was recently acquired by PayPerPost and they couldn’t get the deal right with Metrics. This has made them to stop the hosting of Metrics service and have decided to release the code as open source, which may take some time. So the net result is that now I am left without a Stats package 😉
Don’t get me wrong here. I am not here to criticize or accuse Performancing or PayPerPost. Metrics was a great product and I was one among the thousands of happy customers they had. It was totally free and was completely invisible on the page, since you don’t need to display a graphics or a back link on your site. They were not deleting the old data (as most stats services do) and the stats were also private. But what concerns me is that I have lost all the valuable stats data which was recorded till now by the service. Worst still, according to the comment by Nick, there is no way for me to export the stats data out of the system. 🙁
Now the question which has popped up in my mind is “How safe is my data?” with the other (web 2.0) websites. So just for a wild imagination, what happens if Google gets dissolved or bought up like Performancing or goes bankrupt (Just imagine). My (digital) life may come to a standstill without access to my email (gmail) and schedules (Calendar). And what if the same fate happens to Yahoo, I will loose all my bookmarks (del.icio.us), my old emails (Yahoo Mail), my photos (flickr and Yahoo photos) etc. Well, it gets too shocking. Isn’t it? 🙁 Worst still what happens if they say, pay $XXX to get access to your data?
This leaves me with lot of questions and also with some shock. But back to the original problem, now I have to look out for a new Metrics/Stats package. I am not able to decide whether I have to go for a 3rd party package (like Feedburner, Google Analytics etc) or install my own copy in my server (like Mint, Analog, Awstats etc). Guys do you have any recommendations?
Posted in Google/Yahoo, Random/Personal
Tagged Metrics, PayPerPost, Performancing, stats