Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The hit parade.

For the first time in SHAMblog history—which began, tentatively enough, on July 17, 2005—we have completed a four-week span, April 15 to May 15, in which the blog exceeded 40,000 hits. As noted once before, that doesn't exactly put us in competition with the likes of DailyKos or The Huffington Post. Plus, my current stat-analysis program isn't sophisticated enough to tell me some of the things that the big mainstream bloggers like to know about their audiences. Still, I regard 40,000 as a nice milestone. And since so many of the comments we generate are about other comments rather than my initial posts, per se, I attribute the blog's growth as much to our faithful readers as I do to anything I come up with to write about.

In the next week or so I'm going to decide what to do with the "non-success stories" I've been quietly accumulating via the boxed-off solicitation at right. I thank all of you who participated in that outreach, which has now generated over two dozen stories. (And keep encouraging people to weigh in, btw, if you know others who seem to qualify.) Some of these vignettes need to be fleshed out, but many of them are already quite powerful, and credible, in documenting the "downside of being uplifted," as one editor titled a piece I'd written about Empowerment and its failures. More on all this soon.


Anonymous said...

Steve, contratulations, I don't comment as much but I am still one of the faithful as you like to call us!

a/good/lysstener said...

Add my congratulations, Steve. I join Carl in being happy to count myself among the faithful.

Cosmic Connie said...

My congrats too, Steve. 40,000 is actually pretty impressive.

I took a cue from you and set up the free web counter (the same one you're using) on my blog back on Feb. 22. I set it to count original hits only, not repeat visitors. So as of this moment, I've had 13,519 new visitors since Feb. 22. (My blog has been up since July 27, 2006.)

If you really want to find out some interesting stats, and still want to stick to a free program, try SiteMeter at http://www.sitemeter.com/

It gives you much more than a hit count. It gives you the date of the visit, the length of time the person visited, and many other pieces of info. It even tells you which words the person typed in Google to find you. You wouldn't believe some of the things people typed in to find me. (Coincidentally, I had just started a post about this when I read yours.)

Anyway, from another one of the faithful: Congrats again on passing the 40,000 mark.

Steve Salerno said...

Thanks, Connie--and all who have offered kudos so far today (and/or may offer them as the day moves along). I actually have another blog-statistics program (www.statcounter.com) that runs invisibly, and the number of "discrete hits"/"original page views" is somewhat lower than the 40,000 figure quoted. Obviously this means that some SHAMblog readers go back to any given item more than once, so the total number of readers is not 40,000. However, the trend-line in both of my counter programs is way up, and though the more formal stats-analysis program I allude to here works from lower base numbers overall, those lower numbers, too, are significantly higher than where they were, say, last December. (Does that make sense?) And there's no reason to assume that more people are opening the page 2 or 3 times than were doing it last year. Right? So regardless of how you slice it, we're doing better!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Connie, 40,000 is a pretty good number. I don't read you everyday but I check back often enough and catch up, and most of it is pretty good stuff. I do think you're too hard on self help at times, like you're determined to find the bad side of something even if you have to stretch things a bit to do it. Overall I think it's good that someone is writing about this. I agree with you that there are a lot of frauds out there and a lot of the money spent is totally wasted. I've wasted my fair share of it myself, it pains me to say.
Chuck Haber

Matt Dick said...

"...my current stat-analysis program isn't sophisticated enough to tell me some of the things that the big mainstream bloggers like to know about their audiences."

Steve, all you need to know about your audience is that we are the smartest, most honorable, best-looking faithful blog readers in the world.


Steve Salerno said...

Matt, I coulda told you that without any stat program at all!But I guess that was your point, huh?

RevRon's Rants said...

I enjoy the discussions on yur blog, Steve, but I wouldn't go so far as to count myself among the faithful. Actually, I'm rather an intellectual slut, who would usually rather screw with the discourse than join in on the rah-rahs.

That said, congratulations on the upswing. You deserve it. :-)

Anonymous said...

Well done Steve - Keep up the good work