Let’s Celebrate the New Year with Statistics

What better way to celebrate the new year than to post a link to a summary of my blog statistics!  Sounds boring, right?  But I find these year-end summaries quite fascinating, and I love seeing what has been going on behind the scenes at my favorite bloggers’ sites.  I hope you enjoy looking at mine!

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 74,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

In fact, I find these summaries and data visualizations so fascinating that I conducted a study last semester with a colleague on how site owners use this sort of data.  We focused specifically on Google Analytics as a platform, and we found that most site owners play with the data but have no clear plan for using it to improve site performance.  We also found that such data can be overwhelming.  There’s so much of it.  And while the participants we talked with used Google Analytics, almost all of them supplemented that data with another platform as well, including WordPress Statistics.  Because this information is so readily available to all of us who post content to the internet, it will be fascinating to see how we eventually learn to utilize it more effectively.

How do you use your statistics?

Lastly, I want to give a shout-out to all of my loyal blog followers, especially those who commented so frequently and astutely.  You can see this if you clicked over to the full report, but just in case you didn’t, here’s a screenshot of my top five commenters.

year review commenters

Thanks to these lovely bloggers and blog readers.  You make it worth my time!  I am lucky to interact with all of you.  Happy New Year!

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