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.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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One comment on “WordPress’ Sexy Stats
  1. i wouldn’t go as far as to say sexy stats but i think, the stats page should be available in several options just as everybody likes them. i know this will make even more work and consume time and space, but some prefer lines over bars and others just want the plain figures. i think you can’t please everyone.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

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