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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Happy Anniversary: One Year and Counting

It's hard to believe, but today marks the one year anniversary of this blog. When I started it, I wasn't sure I'd have enough to write, but 134 posts later (not including this one), it looks like my fears were misplaced.

One thing I discovered is that Google tracks how many people visit my blog (over 7,000 visits in the past year), where they're from (see below), what device they used to link to it (see below), and how many hits each post (see below). When someone just clicks on a link to the blog, the visit isn't recorded, at least not to a specific post, which means it probably underestimates the number of times each post has been visited. Nevertheless, the individual counts are probably fairly accurate in terms of which posts were more popular.  As of today, the most popular ones over the past year are:
  1. Should Christians Celebrate bin Laden's Death?
  2. On the Lighter Side: Memorable Baseball Quotes
  3. Facebook, Social Networking and Social Network Analysis
  4. That Was Awkward Billboard: Matthew 24:36
  5. The Twelve Days of Christmas
Of these, the first one has been visited more than five times as much as the second. In fact, it attracted more visits than the next four combined.

To be sure, because the more recent posts haven't been around as long, all else being equal, they should have had fewer visits. With that in mind, here are the most popular ones for the last month:
In terms of where people are from who visit my blog, the U.S. (not surprisingly) comes in first, then Costa Rica (thank you Gary and Mylinda), the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, India, the Philippines, Germany, Australia, and the Netherlands. I've also attracted visits from visitors from Ethiopia, Russia, Turkey, and Brazil. Go figure.

That's all for now. I trying to figure out what to write next...

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