Now that I am beginning the fifth year of blogging at dynamicsubspace.net, I thought I should run through the numbers of the site. Over five years, I have written 770 posts. I am happy to report that my total page views per day/month/year have been steadily increasing over time.
In the above summary graph by month, you can see that the site has received 117,468 total views since I transitioned from a mac.com web site to a wordpress.com hosted blog. There were lulls in activity when I made fewer updates to the site while I prepared for my PhD exams beginning in Spring 2009, but traffic began increasing again when I picked up my posting pace after I was well on my way toward the exams.
In the table above, you can see that the yearly total of site views has steadily increased. After my first year, the total visits jumped from 3,772 to 27,882 visits, which is an increase of 639%! From 2008 to 2009 the increase in visitors was a more modest 16%, and from 2009 to 2010 the site’s visitor growth was a more substantial 49%. I hope to continue this level of visitor expansion in the future through more updates and improved content focused on my research interests in science fiction, cognitive science, cultural studies, and science and technology studies. I believe that one way that I will be able to continue developing the site even further this year by posting at least one story or link per day in 2011. I pledged to do this earlier this year here.
Finally, as you can see above, the average visits per day has also increased to approximately 150 visits per day. This may mean that I am gathering more regular visitors to the site rather than spikes in activity based around particular posts. This however is difficult to establish without better site stats. Due to this, I would like to add Google Analytics, but wordpress.com does not allow this for their hosted blogs. As a result, I am considering moving my blog to a paid host, which will allow me to collect this data.
These things will get sorted out this year while I continue to blog here and hopefully give you all something interesting to read. I hope that some of the things that I write here will generate discussion in the comments or elsewhere. Wherever the discussion takes us, I will do my best to further the discourse in cyberspace.