WordPress’ Sexy Stats

WordPress (this blog’s host and content management system) announced a change to blog stats today. The big shift for quickly seeing traffic is a move from a point and line based graph to bars. I am a fan of bar-based graphs, and I have to concede that there is something sexy about the new look. Rectangular bar graphs, at least for me, are visually more appealing and quicker to digest. I suppose their efficient information presentation does make them sexier than the line graphs, but that doesn’t really mean that they are more innovative. I think a more robust (full figure?) solution would be to have stats customizable with different choices available for graphical representation of traffic data. Perhaps we will see this in a future release of their stats plug-in. Read about the changes here.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.