Monday, June 22, 2009

If I Had A Dollar

There are certain milestones that should be acknowledged, and one of these milestones has just passed for this blog. If I had a dollar for every page that had been viewed on this blog then I’d be living the Life of Riley because I’d be a millionaire. Yes, that’s right, my Sitemeter counter of Page Views has just ticked over the 1,000,000 mark.

A few stats then as of the time of writing this:
Total Visitors = 401,144
Average Visitors per Day (Last 7 Days) = 601
Page Views = 1,000,014
Average Page Views per Day (Last 7 Days) = 1,382

A couple of months ago I installed a Flag Counter that registers the country of origin of visitors. Sitemeter also does that, but doesn’t store the data long-term, so whilst I had a reasonable general idea of the locations of my viewers I didn’t have any cumulative data.

My flag counter has currently recorded visitors from 118 territories, although 4 of the flags are flags of ‘Unknown’ (e.g. ‘Unknown – Asia/Pacific Region’, ‘Unknown – Satellite Provider’) so I don’t think they count. The flag counter has confirmed the obvious – given the language that I blog in, national populations and internet usage, it’s a no-brainer that the Big 4 of the Anglosphere (USA, UK, Canada, Australia in that order) would completely dominate my visitor locations. But beyond that, there have been a few surprises. I am surprised at Singapore showing up at 7th and Turkey at 19th, both considerably higher placings than I would have anticipated. Given the popularity of stationery and pencils in Japan I shouldn’t be surprised at Japan being the highest ranking non-English speaking country, but for some strange reason I am. My antipodes are down in the south of Spain, so a special Hola! from the Antipodes to my antipodes. Speaking of Spain, I have been very surprised at how the Portuguese-o-sphere has been out-ranking the Hispano-o-sphere, with Brazil ranked 10th and Portugal 21st compared to Spain at 11th and Mexico at 30th.

Of course, as always, I must say a special thanks to those of you who are regular readers, those who have sent me stuff over the years, correspond with me, link their sites here, make comments on this blog, etc. It is all much appreciated. Anyway, thanks for reading, hope you will continue to do so in the future.

Ka kite ano.


kossy said...

It enjoys this blog as one of the Japanese readers.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to continue to comment and that has two reasons.
The second is: it proves that the Internet knows no borders nor distances.


Penmaniacs said...

dave have you heard of the liquid graphite pentech pencils. They are just like ballpoint pens except they write terribly and run out of ink in a matter of days.

Kiwi-d said...

I don't know the Pentech one specifically, but various attempts at liquid graphite pencils have been around for a few decades. I don't think any of them have been particularly successful economically or technically.

Henrik said...

Well, congratulations Dave. One million is really something. How are you going to celebrate? Awards? Another lead cup? Free bar?
I don't understand your flag counter though, no matter how many visits we pay - our arch enemy Sweden is still 20 clicks ahead of Denmark :-)
As said many times before: keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

keep up the good work dave

Stephen said...

Congratulations. Keep up the good work!

Gunther said...

Excellent – thanks for your effort and keep up the good work!

Kiwi-d said...

Henrik - Maybe Swedish bribes were larger than those from Denmark?
A free bar? Perhaps instead free leads for all?

Henrik said...

Bribery! No Dane would stoop so low!
(How much are we talking about?) :-)
Free leads, well, that’s not going to be easy - how about a free review then?


Penmaniacs said...

congrats, 1,000,000 is alot of people. you should celebrate

Penmaniacs said...

dave on the site meter your arch enemy the ozzies are like 600 views ahead of you. you need to rally your kiwis behind you

Kiwi-d said...

Hi Wes, I'm afraid this is one contest where size really does matter, and big brother across the Tasman has got us beat.

Germ said...


Anonymous said...

Well done. 1,000,000 is definitely an achievement. Makes you wonder what people did years ago without the internet.