Sunday, May 22, 2011

Playing my own bagpipes

Four years have passed since I started this blog, and began inflicting my toxic opinions on a largely indifferent populace. In my line of work, you have to keep up with new technologies. At that time I heard that other librarians were using blogs as a means of engaging with their patrons, so I thought that starting my own would be a great way of educating myself about how they worked. I've never used it for work purposes; mine is more of a creative outlet. It had been years since I did any creative writing, so I wanted to dip my toes back into the water and develop my writing and critical thinking skills. Having said that, most of my posts are written for my own amusement. The content varies, and largely depends on what sort of mood I'm in on a given day. If someone else likes my writing, that comes as a bonus.

Considering how few comments I receive, I had no idea how many people were looking at my blog. As you can see from the below screen captures, Blogger give you an impressive array of stats tools.

Pageviews, posts and traffic sources
I was surprised to see that I've accrued over 4000 page views, excluding my own. The most viewed post was one about the resemblance between militant atheism poster boy Christopher Hitchens and British actor Roger Hallam. Nobody seems that interested in my serious posts. Oh well. Never mind. The map shows that most of the readers of this blog come from Australia, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, and interestingly enough, readers from behind the Great Firewall of China. Most of the pageviews come from Windows users using Firefox, and vastly outnumber users of Apple devices and Safari.

To sum up, this has been a bit of fun for me, and I one day hope to do more with my writing, and perhaps become a published author. We shall see.


covnitkepr1 said...

With posts such as this...your following numbers are bound toc increase as people become aware of your blog.

I write and maintain a blog which I have titled “AccordingtotheBook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.

Toyin O. said...

Good luck with your writing goals, you can do it!

The Atheist Missionary said...

Hi there Ross. I just wanted to say that I am rally looking forward to seeing your fellow countryman Tim Minchin next week in Toronto. All the best, TAM.

Ross said...

TAM, you'll have to post a review.