Aardvarchaeology’s been on-line for half a year today! Before I came here, I’d been blogging at Salto sobrius for over a year, so by now this blogging thing is a big part of my lifestyle and self-image. I love it — I write about whatever’s occupying my mind, a pleasurable pastime in itself, and then hundreds of people show up to read it every day! Being here on ScienceBlogs helps a lot to attract readers, and so do Stumbleupon and Reddit. (Digg, not so much.) As I’ve been boasting for a while in the sidebar, Aard is now the world’s number one archaeology blog measured by the number of other sites that link to it. It’s also Sweden’s most widely read science blog, but that doesn’t tell you much as most of the competition there is in Swedish.
Posting frequency. Since moving here, I’ve posted more frequently, accelerating from one entry a day to about three entries in two days on average. This probably has to do with scheduling, which wasn’t available at my old site. Now I usually write my main entries in the evenings and schedule them to appear the following afternoon when Sb traffic spikes because New Yorkers have just gotten to work. But it’s often tempting to write short newsworthy entries during the day as well and put them on-line immediately.
Readership. My blogging currently has a readership beyond my wildest dreams before the move. In May, Aard attracted 480 daily unique readers on average, 112 of whom could be recognised as returning readers. Meanwhile, the old site saw a daily average of 130 uniques, bringing the total up to a wonderful 610 daily readers! (These are Statcounter figures comparable to earlier statshots. The Goog’lytics number is closer to 700.)
Links: on Technorati, with links from 293 individual sites, Aard is currently ranked about number 13,000 out of millions. (Salto was briefly ranked 11,000 last autumn.)
One wish: MORE COMMENTS, PLEASE!
Oh, and BTW — anybody want to buy an Aard T-shirt or coffee mug?