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With a Little Help From My Friends

I don’t dwell on blog statistics.  I’m not into blogging for numbers but it’s nice to know that my hobby is read by others.  I normally get 1-200 visitors to the blogsite daily and there’s about another 100 that get the updates via email.  I’m very happy with every post that I make; they’re what I’m thinking about or playing with at the time.  It keeps me curious about things.

On Friday, I had been playing around with inklewriter and thought that it would be nice to share with you and so wrote a post to be announced at 5am on Saturday morning.  It was like any other post – announced on Twitter and Facebook in the early morning so that you can ignore it if you wish or if you want, you can go looking for it and take a read.

It was with some surprise that I noticed over the weekend that some online friends had re-tweeted the announcement of the post.  I thought that was awfully nice; I know that I like to share good reads with others.  So, thanks to Alfred Thompson, Ron Millar, Kyle Pace, the Couros boys, Tom Barrett and also a whole lot of others that I hadn’t seen in my Twitter timeline before but I hope to now since I’ve followed them.  It was kind of you.  After their messages, I noticed that their message was retweeted by their followers and it continued to happen over the weekend.  In among this, I noticed a few messages posted from Flipboard and Zite.  Obviously, those services had read the blog and were good enough to add it to the big stream of things and users decided to share.

But how much?

Just before writing this post, I had the urge to log into the blog and clear out the spam.  It just seems to be a never ending collection of nonsense and I go in every 3 or 4 days just to clear things out.  If you’re a WordPress user, you know that the first thing you get when you log into the Dashboard is a lot of statistics.  In this case, I did a double take.

There was a real spike on Saturday, the 25th.  It was more than double the regular number of visitors that I get on a daily basis.

If you look backwards, you’ll see that the number of visitors is pretty regular.  So, why the big difference on the 25th?  Well, it’s the day after the 24th.

I know that it’s probably not a spike because of the interest of the post from that day.  I rambled on about provincial Twitter hashtags which might be of interest to a few Canadians.  All that I can attribute it to is the network of the friends who had noticed the inklewriter post and shared it with others.

It seems to me that there’s a couple of things to learn from this.

  • If you read a post you like, promote it.  Personally, I use Shareaholic but most blogs have a Share or Twitter button.  How else will others know what you found?
  • If you’re blogging with your class, share the statistics with them and speculate why some days are better than others.  Talk about your authentic mathematics!
  • If you’re a blogger, keep at it.  There are days when you might just create a post that generates a great deal of interest.

Thank you so much to all of the readers of the blog.  Your interest generates a renewed enthusiasm for me for this hobby.  I just hope that the extra readers on the 25th make their way back.

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3 responses to “With a Little Help From My Friends”

  1. Just so you know…there are a lot of us out there, reading and sharing your stuff. My two kids always wonder what the “next cool thing” is going to be, and last night, as I was sneaking my Edublog nominations in at the last minute, I had an e-mail conversation with Sue Waters at Edublog, who noted how it had made her smile to see my nomination of you, as you’re one of her favourites!


  2. Hey Doug–I keep coming back because it’s worth it! Keep it up–oh, and your readership extends beyond your province. I’m in NL.


    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Maurice. I really appreciate them.


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