It appears there is some sort of a tradition of saying something when your blog gets to 10,000 hits, so here are a few words seeing I’ve reached that mark.
I’m not entirely sure why I started this blog, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. I sort of thought that people shopping for mechanical pencils (or pens) might search around looking for reviews, and find some interest in my thoughts on the various pencils I own. In my mind I had an expectation of about 50 hits a week, so I am rather surprised to often get ten times that many. Although I’m writing this blog for my own personal purposes, it is nice to know that someone actually reads it and gets something out of it. So thanks to all of you out there who read this, I really appreciate your comments and emails. And thanks also to all of you who have linked me on your own sites; again it’s much appreciated.
So what does the free site meter tell me about you! Not much, but here’s a few snippets.
About 70% of you are in the USA, 7% in Canada, 7% in the UK, 1 or 2% each in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Poland. The rest are everywhere else. Most of you surf the net during working hours. Not much action after-hours or on the weekend! About 30% of you click through from Pencil Revolution, 30% come in direct, 20% from Google searches and the rest click through from other sites and other search engines. I guesstimate there are about 150 of you who are regular (i.e. weekly) readers.
- Most unusual search to find this blog? From a Finnish Military IP address, in English, “mechanical pencil for military person not Russian”. I repeated this search on Google and my review of Caran d’Ache Varius Ivanhoe was result “1 of about 1,430,000”. (Hmmm…you know how I like my lateral links, so I’ve never been to Finland, but I’ve had a few Finns as house guests, and as a young boat-building apprentice my father was lucky enough to tour that magnificent vessel, New Zealand’s war prize, the Finnish tall ship Pamir.)
- Largest single visit? From IP address “Houston Area League of PC Users” for 78 page views over a 2 hour, 34 minute and 44 second visit. All from a Google search of “lead refills and 1.2mm”. I hope you enjoyed your visit! (Well I’ve never been to Texas, but I have been on board the guided-missile cruiser USS Texas, so maybe that sort of counts?)
- Most common entry pages for pencil reviews – Pentel Sharp P205, Pentel Sharp Kerry P1035 and Retro 51 Tornado.
OK, onwards and upwards. So many pencils to buy and use, so little money!