All references in this post to OoL stats are from October 25th to November 2nd, remembering that those actually on November 2nd onwards would not have had time to accumulate properly.
I have a jaundiced view about site stats. At my own place, Sitemeter, Google analytics and WP itself give entirely different readings. One has me with a few hundred readers and another has me with a couple of thousand. Feeds usually outnumber visitors by a factor of about 3:1. Google image searches are about one quarter of my visits.
OoL doesn’t have the image searches but otherwise it’s similar in profile. One area which simply does not tell the tale is Comments. Within the time period just mentioned, these have been the top-rated posts:
What’s Being Left Out Of This Story? by Julia M [3 comments]
From the Silents to Generation Z, All your Homes Belong to Us by Longrider [36 comments]
It’s Not Been A Good Week For ‘Hate Crime’ Activists… [by Julia M [7 comments]
Catching on yet? by the Quiet Man [6 comments]
Take the test: are you a Home-Owner-Ist or a free-market capitalist? (1) by Mark Wadsworth [64 comments]
There are various observations on this and on related matters:
1. Witterings’, a couple of Julia M’s and all of mine come up, in our stats, as zero reads – i.e. no one had read those posts at all, not even ourselves. In my case, I’m willing to accept that because I write unpopular posts but with the other two, there’s something clearly wrong with it.
2. Mark, with 64 comments, must have been read by many people, working on a ratio of a certain number of readers for every comment. Julia had 3 comments only and yet she was read by most, in a ratio of 3:2 over the next most read. It also underscores that she is the engine room of OoL.
We used to have an all time reader widget and it showed World Core Curriculum as most read for weeks. Turned out the count had jammed. The current widget, which admittedly I put in, shows WCC not even on the list, i.e. under 452 reads. So what’s going on? Obviously there is a different algorithm used but it should still roughly reflect the state of play.
We used to have a page view on each post but they were so wildly different to what the other calculators were telling us that it was pointless. Just as a matter of interest, below is what Word Press is telling us currently.
Top past week:
Top past month:
We feel OoL is standing up quite well, given natural attrition, loss of the novelty factor and the way most people’s sites are going – the readership [meaning those entering the site] is certainly down on the Week 17, 2011 high but it’s still consistent. On the other hand, the RSS subscriptions are high and that’s encouraging.
Regarding my own posts – they certainly turn many off but they also bring in another type of reader so it’s swings and roundabouts here. I do worry that independent voices might be lost, just because our readers tend to tear into anyone saying anything the least bit out of the ordinary. It needs a fearless writer to brave the OoL readership and speaking for myself, I quite like that “edge’ to the commenters – give me that any day over “look, I’ve posted a comment”.
Keep OoL going? Why not, on current indications? Should we be doing something different? That’s for you people to tell us.
Quick word to contributors
When contributors prepare the text at their place and then insert it here [the usual way] a problem arises when the text is taken from their sites in Visual mode and put in here also in Visual mode. This results in the text sometimes being quite skewed – not all the time, of course.
Have a look at this below [click to enlarge]:
I knew this would be so because the post was one block of print and that meant going into the edit facility and having a look at what had gone wrong. Sure enough, as you see above, all sorts of “span”s abound and often “div”s as well. If you look at the post as it is now edited, you’ll see it in paragraphs but that is only the case because I had to go through the text line by line in HTML mode and remove all the spans and divs, along with their associated chains.
You’ll see the result below:
This was not a long post by any means but imagine having to do that with one of mine. Then multiply that by the number of posts OoL runs.
* The solution is this, if you transfer from your site to OoL:
1. At your own site, go into HTML mode for your prepared post. Copy it. I usually do this with Command + A and then Command + C.
2. With that on the clipboard, log-in to OoL, make a new post window come up, click on HTML mode, wait a few moments until it comes up … and paste. I usually do this with Command + V but you can right click.
3. Save to draft.
That’s really all it is. It would save us a hell of a lot of time repairing posts [pretty please] and would mean we don’t need to go anywhere near the editing facility for your post. If you transfer though by just copying from your front page or from your Visual/Compose mode, it will carry all the embedded instructions with it over to OoL and they sometimes clash with OoL’s embedded instructions. Plus you might lose hyperlinks in the process because our Visual mode is really quite wonky here.
Of course, that refers to Blog2OoL transfer. Where it does not usually matter is * Word 2OoL transfer. There are rarely errors that way.
Of course the easiest way of all is for you to spend fifteen minutes preparing it at OoL but as we asked all contributors to remember – that ties up the editing facility and if in the process of editing you make any saves, each of those saves goes as a complete post to our database, even if you just changed a comma or full stop.
Thanks for understanding.
On my computer, when I click on anything in OoL, it takes about 30 seconds for the new page/window to come up. I get around this by, for example, clicking on the post header on the front page, going to get a coffee, coming back and usually the post is up in its own window by that time. If I need to go into Posts or Dashboard, I click and that’s another 30 seconds each time. When I save a post, that’s another 30 seconds. This doesn’t happen at my place or on most blogs. It does happen on some, e.g. Barking Spider or others with much java going on.
Are you finding OoL slow or does it appear to be my problem alone?
Thanks again for your replies.