Five years into blogging, and this site has just reached some significant milestones - over 100,000 page views, over 10,000 hits per month, and over 500 hits per day. Let's take a moment to probe a little deeper, and check out our all time top ten posts.
First off, I should note that things were fairly flat until Autumn 2012, at which point interest in the site started to snowball. Are there any clues as to what changed last Autumn? With hindsight I wonder whether there was a bit of a tipping point here around more general awareness of some of the topics that I had been posting about for several years already - notably open access, open data (and research data management), open educational resources, BYOD and the transition to the Post-PC era. Or perhaps I finally managed to work some SEO magic...
Looking at the most popular posts on the blog, I was fascinated to see quite an even spread over 2010 through to 2013 - you can click on the links in the table below to go straight to the blog posts. It was predictable that there would be a fair bit of interest in the work we have been doing with Google, but fascinating all the same to see top ten entries on Chromebook hacking, Android as assistive technology, Loughborough's BYOD policy and my thoughts on the transition from JISC to Jisc. Most of all, though, I was tickled to see how many people had read my write-up on our pioneering Internet resource discovery research.
To get a better idea about the current readership of the blog, I took a snapshot of the last month's traffic, which is presented in the tables below of page views by country, and browser/operating system breakdowns.
I was startled to see that I had twice as many US readers as UK readers, and will try to adapt my writing style accordingly (hi there, y'all ;-) On the flip side I was disappointed to not have many readers in areas like Africa and South America. You guys are going to be the next billion Internet users, and I look forward to meeting you online!
Pageviews by Countries
When we come to look at choice of web browser, readers have already voted with their feet and largely parted ways with Internet Explorer.
Pageviews by Browsers
We might also anticipate that Microsoft Windows was a thing of the past for this blog's readers, but the stats indicate that Windows still has a bit of life left in it. I was intrigued by the entry for 'Other Unix', and will have to do some more digging to get a better idea about what these distributions might be.