3 March 2010
I last published a list of the most popular articles on this site at the beginning of July 2009. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I had a hiatus in blogging which started at the beginning of August 2009. This means that readership figures since then have not been skewed by when articles were posted (they were all posted before the pertinent period).
The following is a list of the top twenty articles in descending order of hits per day over the last eight months.
27 July 2009
Well virtual home anyway.
The primary address for this blog is now:
However, the blog is still hosted on WordPress.com and the previous address of:
should still work perfectly well.
If anyone experiences any problems with this change, then please tell me about it, either by posting a comment, or via the Contact Page.
22 July 2009
As an experiment, I am enabling WordPress.com’s rating widget on my blog posts. A graphic like the one below now appears under the title of each article (indeed you should spy one directly above as well).
I will be interested to see whether this feature is used and what the actual feedback proves to be.
PS Please note that the stars only appear when you select an article by clicking on its title, not when many articles appear on the main page, or as the result of a search.
20 July 2009
The last few weeks have been a pretty quiet for me on-line with little activity in either the twitterverse or blogosphere. The flip-side of this is that I have been very busy in a number of other areas, both professional and personal (rumours that my low-profile coincides precisely with the current Ashes series are of course greatly exaggerated).
While my “free” time seems unlikely to increase dramatically in the near future, it is my hope that I will be able to return to penning a few blog articles. Speaking of which, that is precisely what I am about to turn my attention to now.
I am not 100% sure how this photo managed to creep into the post.
1 July 2009
Back in April, I posted My “all-time” most-read 5 articles and mentioned that I would update the list from time to time. At the half-year point of 2009, it seemed appropriate to revisit this area.
I have done two things with the new statistics. First, given the number of articles that I have published, I have expanded the list to 20 articles. Second, to give a different perspective, I have added a run-down of those articles that have received the most views per day.
Of course the first list is more likely to contain older articles (which have had more time to accumulate views), whereas the second list is more likely to include new articles (given that most articles have peak viewing figures soon after they are posted). Despite the vagaries of both approaches, it is probably safe to say that if an article appears on both lists it has been pretty popular. I have highlighted 12 such posts in yellow below.
In future, I may consider calculating how well an article has performed against the typical ageing profile. This would address the shortcomings of both of the current tables and therby offer a more definitive benchmark. However this will be dependent on WordPress.com making it a bit easier to download information about page views.
As before I have focussed just on articles, so views of pages about my career or other background information have been omitted from the following.
25 June 2009
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5 May 2009
Monday 4th May was a public holiday in the UK and I seem to have been up-to-my-eyes so far this week. After a quiet week blogging last week, normal service should be resumed in the new few days.
30 April 2009
I have been using twitter.com to a greater degree over the last few months and thought that it would make sense to better integrate my blog with this site.
Accordingly all posts (save a few that are simply site updates) now have a link at the bottom, between the main text and the bookmarks, enabling readers to directly “tweet” the piece. This appears next to the blue twitter.com bird as follows:
If you click on this link, you will be taken to your twitter.com page with a new tweet already filled out for you, complete with a shortened link to the relevant article. Of course you can edit this before you post it if you like.
If you are one of the 0.5% of people who are not already on twitter.com, then you will be asked whether you would like to sign up before you can post the article.
I have got some great ideas from twitter.com and met some interesting people. Hopefully this small improvement will help readers to also have similarly positive experiences.
I am proud to announce that this blog is now 100% tweetable!