So what do the numbers say?

As usual, my final post for #blogjune is going to look at my blog stats for the past month to see if anyone’s actually read any of my posts. The data will come from a couple of sources – the stats plugin on the blog, my web host, and Google Analytics. Hopefully they’ll be pretty similar.

Firstly, the most-viewed post was So what does a health librarian need to know, followed by So what’s changed since #blogjune last year. These were posts from earlier in the month, so I guess it’s not surprising that they’re at the top. It seems that either Wednesday or Thursday was the most popular day for people to visit the blog (depending on which source you use). The various sources also differed on where these visitors were from – one had the top three countries for visitors being Australia, the US and New Zealand, while another listed them as the US, Australia and France, while the final one had Australia, Bangladesh and Germany as the top three.

Continuing the trend from the last couple of years, Firefox was the most popular browser, followed by Chrome, then Internet Explorer. The mobile browser (Android and iOS) percentage has continued to increase – about 6% this year compared to about 4% last year. Also following the trend from last year is a drop in the total number of views for the month compared to June last year.

So that’s it for another year of #blogjune. I’ll probably be back next year, hopefully with a bit more of a plan and focus for what I’m going to write about.

My blogjune 2014, by the numbers

Made it! Another June, another #blogjune challenge completed. Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my posts, I hope you got something out of them. I must admit I didn’t feel as inspired or prepared this year as I did last year. I felt that a lot of this year’s posts didn’t have much thought or preparation behind them, and I was finding it hard to come up with anything semi-interesting to write about. Anyway, it’s done now, so I thought I’d crunch the numbers about my posts for this year and compare some of them to last year’s.

My most-viewed post for this year’s #blogjune was An interesting use of RFID, maybe because it may have been relevant to both geocachers and librarians. As far as the days of the week go, weekends saw the fewest visitors, but I couldn’t really see any consistent pattern from week-to-week. The visitors to the blog came from all round the world, with the top five countries being Australia, United States, Germany, New Zealand, and United Kingdom. These are pretty much the same as last year’s top five. Compared to June last year I had about the same number of unique visitors to my blog, but the number of visits, hits and pages viewed was down. Twitter was again the source of the majority of the referrals to the blog, and Firefox was the most commonly browser (followed by Chrome, then Internet Explorer). Interestingly, as far as browsers go, the number of visitors using either the iPhone or Android browser doubled from last year (2.0%) to this year (3.9%).

I also did a quick comparison to see how my stats stacked up to those for Blogjoon, my 5 ½ year old son’s blog. It looks like people found his posts more interesting than mine, as he got about 30% more page views than I did over the month. He also got more comments than me, too.

So, that’s it for #blogjune for this year. I will keep posting to the blog throughout the year, but not every day. Thanks for reading, and I’ll probably be back for #blogjune next year.

Lies, damn lies, and blogjune statistics

Well, I’ve made it to the end of #blogjune for the second year. I think I found it a bit easier to write posts this year compared to last year. I also think that being on Twitter more was also an advantage when it came to coming up with ideas for posts. I did have a few pre-planned topics that I was able to draw on when needed, but the majority of my posts were composed on the day they were written.

For my final #blogjune post, I thought I’d have a look at my blog stats for the month to see how the numbers stack up. This blog only began in January, just before the Information Online conference in Brisbane. As I expected, June was my biggest month in terms of views, hits and visitors. In fact, I had to upgrade my web hosting package a couple of days ago to make sure that I had enough bandwidth left for the month.

My visitors came from all around the world. Naturally, Australia was where most of them were from, followed by the US, New Zealand, Germany and Nigeria. The hits on the blog were highest on Monday, then dropped on Tuesday and Wednesday, then climbed on Thursday and Friday, before dropping back over the weekend. The most popular browser was Firefox/Mozilla (about 60%), followed by Chrome (17%), then Internet Explorer (9%).

So which pages did they look at? Well, according to two out of the three stat sources that I use, Hi ho, hi ho, … was the most viewed post for the month (the third source listed Now THAT’s what I call a geocaching trip.) As far as referrals go, most came from Twitter, so I’m glad I set up the blog to automatically post each entry to Twitter. It certainly brought people to the blog.

Will I do it again next year? At this stage I think I will. It can be a challenge coming up with a post each day, but I think it’s worth the effort. Thanks for reading.