I was asked by a media specialist yesterday how many visits my blog actually gets. A darned good question! I have not tracked that stuff much for a while, as (to be honest) I wasn’t that interested. But I did think it might be interesting to see how things might have changed since my appointment as bishop.
According to a web statistics program called “Webalizer”, provided by my hosting service, in the month of July I had 180,125 “hits” on pages in the “fatherdowd.net” domain, with 24,630 of these hits being actual “visits”. In August I had 216,451 “hits”, with 30,271 “visits”. I can’t tell how much of this traffic is human beings versus robots crawling the Internet looking for content (e.g. for search engines), but when I looked at the daily data I did see spikes on days when major news pieces came out. That is consistent with people becoming curious and wandering over to check things out. I might add that the July statistics were fairly small until July 11, when the daily numbers doubled (makes sense, that is when the news came out), and then they had a big spike on July 18, when the article in the Globe and Mail really broke the news to a broader audience. This means that the numbers are consistent with human and not robot behaviour… which means I’ve had a lot of people coming to visit, perhaps for the first time. Welcome!
While these numbers are interesting, I wonder if there would be a way to improve the gathering of these stats even further. If any blog readers have ideas in that regard, I’m open to suggestions.