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100th Blog

Monday 28 June, 2004, 01:44 PM

Yay! This is my 100th blog entry. I thought I'd celebrate with some statistics. (That's the kind of party animal I am.)

I started this blog a little under 6 months ago - the first post was on 7th January. In the week prior to that, my web site received a paltry 46 hits, an average of 6.57 hits (or 54.97KB) per day. In the week I launched my blog, this leapt to 18,235 hits. (Daily averages of 2,605 hits, and 9.67MB.)

That explosive growth of almost 40,000% in the first week was not to be repeated, but there has been steady growth ever since. In the last week I've had 64,064 hits, a daily average of 9,152 hits (77.81 MB). That's three and a half times the traffic I saw in the launch week.

In case you're wondering, My RSS feed accounts for roughly 79% of the hits and 81% of the bandwidth.

The average time taken to handle a request is currently 11ms (0.011s). This is the time spent inside of ASP.NET and does not include the time taken to trasnmit the generated page back to the end user - that time will largely be dependent on the client's network speed. (Also, I'm afraid I only have that stat for the last 24 hours, but that figure is typical. It's also probably a bit approximate, since I'm just using the Windows tick to time these things, and that's only accurate to about 10ms... This suggests that most requests take at least a tick, but only a few take more than a tick.)

In total, I've had 1,047,993 hits since launching the blog, with 8.97GB transferred to 26,066 distinct IP addresses.

The most popular page on the site is the blog main page, with 18,508 hits to date. In second place is my URL rewriting article with 7,658 hits. (I'm not counting the RSS feed as a page here, obviously... Nor the CSS for my blog. Those two occupy first and 2nd places for popularity of URLs.)

The most neglected article is a hard one to call since quite a few have only had one hit ever. Most of these are the URLs which are valid but I tend not to link to, showing an entire day's worth of blogging. My log software has arbitrarily chosen http://www.interact-sw.co.uk/iangblog/2004/02/28/ as the least popular - that's everything I wrote on 28th February 2004. I don't know why it ranked that below several other candidates which also all got just 1 hit. If we're going on pages which don't require manual URL hacking to find, then the least popular to date is the the binary for my console/windows app demo, which has had only 8 hits, despite having been there for ages. Although even that's arguably unfair - being a zip file, it doesn't get walked by web crawlers - most pages on the site have their hit count bumped up by search engines. But the hit count for pretty much all the pages is, with the exception of a small number of popular pages, proportional to their age, so in practice it's hard to determine a realistic 'least popular' page.

The URL that is most often requested but which is not actually present is /favicon.ico. So far there have been 9,548 requests for that...

The most popular search terms are "interact software". (Although I'm not convinced the search term tracking is accurate. Several of my pages get a load of regular hits which seem almost certain to be as a result of them figuring high on certain web search terms, but only a fraction of these actually appear in the search term stats. So I'm guessing my stats here are incomplete. Likewise, it looks like a fairly high proportion of browsers omit the referrer. Being linked to by a popular site like MSDN always boosts traffic substantially (several hundred extra hits a day to the URL in question usually), but the referrers always show a much smaller increase.)

Speaking of referrals, the number one referral source is Google. Second is http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/default.aspx. That second page was only actually pointing to my site for under a week back at the start of April, but despite this very brief period of linking, it delivered me more hits (or at least more hits specifying the referrer) than any site other than Google.

The most popular 'browser' is SharpReader (36.32%), followed by NewsGator (26.09%). Internet Explorer comes a fairly distant third place at 10.43%.

And contrary to how it may seem, only 6% of my posts (including this one) have mentioned Bluetooth Mice...

There is still no support for comments. Any year now...

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