Because I’m sure everybody is as fascinated by blog stats as I am, here’s the traffic to this blog for 2010, in graphical form:
In case you can’t numerically integrate that in your head, I’ll tell you that the total number of pageviews represented there is a bit more than 908,000. We have yet to crack the million mark in any one year, but the total number of pageviews over the history of ScienceBlogs is just short of 3.9 million. Not too shabby.
Looking at the overall traffic states for the five years (five years!) that I’ve been blogging at ScienceBlogs, the thing I’m happiest about is this graph:
This shows the average monthly pageviews for the blog, both mean and median, for all five years of ScienceBlogs. Not only are the 2010 values close to the maximum, they’re also nearly the same. Which means that this year’s high traffic numbers are not the result of a few really big spikes (as in 2006), but they represent a consistently high readership. That’s a nice thing to see.
An amusing factoid about these numbers: for three of the last five years (2007, 2009 and 2010) the mean daily pageviews for this blog has been larger than the enrollment of Union College. Which means that, on average, more people look at what I write here than I could possibly reach in a year through my day job.
The top posts for the year:
- 1 A Lot of Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing: 25,665
- 2 Trapped Antihydrogen: 7244
- 3 Scientist-Approved Beach Reading: 7139
- 4 When Should You Open Your Car Windows? An Experiment: 6734
- 5 The Astrophysics of Bedtime Stories: 6453
- 6 Conceptual Physics Costumes for Halloween
- 7 The Faulty Fluid Dynamics of Hotel Environmentalism: 5201
- 8 Measuring Gravity: Ain’t Nothin’ but a G Thing: 4869
- 9 How Do I Kill the Squirrels Who Are Eating My Car?: 4824
- 10 Protons: Even Smaller Than We Thought: 4783
- 11 Seven Essential Elements of Quantum Physics: 4655
(This one goes to 11 because #11 is very close to #10, but the next highest post is below 4000 pageviews, so that seems like a better place to cut things off.)
I’m really happy about this list. There are some silly things on it, to be sure, but also a lot of solid science. Three of the eleven are ResearchBlogging posts, three are investigations into the science of everyday things (I’m counting Goodnight Moon as an everyday thing, because I read it to SteelyKid every day), and only one is a frivolous post with no science content to speak of (#9, which gets a bunch of search engine traffic thanks to the “How…” title). That’s some good, quality science blogging.
I’m even happier about what is not on this list, namely culture-war bullshit and stupid fake controversies. And it’s not like 2010 was lacking in culture-war bullshit and stupid fake controversies. I’ve been trying to reduce my involvement with such nonsense for a while now, and it’s nice to be reminded that I don’t have to engage in outrage-of-the-moment blogging to draw readers.
Anyway, that’s my blogging output from 2010 in a nutshell. What does 2011 hold in store? Will this be the year that we break 1,000,000 pageviews? Only time will tell, but I recommend coming back here frequently to find out…