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Site statistics for 2008

Even though I tend to summarise most things on my birthday and not the new year, I have traditionally posted information about website statistics in the beginning of January; this year is no exception. Last year’s results were somewhat difficult to interpret, which gave rise to a slightly longer article. The data from 2008 is pretty straightforward, though, and I think a simple presentation and comparison will suffice. This is what 2008 looked like:

And some comparisons with previous years (monthly averages):

2006 2007 2008 Change
Page loads: 994 1806 3231 +79%
Unique visitors: 479 952 2081 +119%
Returning visitors: 184 318 475 +49%

These results are fairly obvious, I think. Overall, there’s a gradual increase, which is only to be expected because the total number of articles inexorably increases (I’ve not yet reached one thousand, but it’s probably only a few months off).The big increase in September is most easily explained with my departure for Taiwan. The subsequent drop in visitor activity (albeit not very great) is probably only partly due to the fact that people’s initial curiosity has subsided; another reason might be that during the last three months of 2008, I only wrote 29 articles, which is roughly equal to the number posted in September alone!

Anyway, although statistics are interesting, even in this primitive form, this data shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I do mostly write because I want to write, and lately also because I know people in Sweden are interested in what I do here in Taiwan. My website functions as designed right now in that it is an outlet for semi-creative writing as well as an communication channel to friends. If other people find the content interesting, well, that’s good, but it’s not a prerequisite for my continuing my online activity in this fashion. On the whole, I’m very satisfied.

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