Blog Traffic Retrospective

cluster_map_large This morning, while reading some blog comments, I came back to the front page. As you may notice, over on the right side, at the top of the sidebar, there is a image that appears from a randomly selected blog entry. I like this feature in part because it gives new visitors a chance to “catch” some of my previous entries and in part it reminds me of some things I previously blogged about. This morning it was the latter. The random post was “Optimizing my blog” and the image was the cluster map that showed the volume and locations of visitors.

So, I looked at the map from early June and thought it would be interesting to compare it now, three months later. The image here toggles between the cluster map from June 3rd and the map from September 8th.

If I were to try and glean useful information from these two maps it might be the following:

  • regular visitors seem to be sticking around
  • EU visitors are also sticking around *and* have been spreading
  • Asia, Africa, and south America have started to show up more
  • New Zealand is on the map
  • Cicada have a 0.5 second rhythm cycle

I won’t attempt to assume I have thought provoking content or useful articles. I will be happy that readers are visiting on a regular basis. I will also attempt to write things that keep me and the readers interested.

BTW: if you are trying to figure out that last one; the cicada are in the sycamore tree outside my window and it is almost hypnotic how their rhythm pulses to the toggle of the image map … I am getting very sleepy … I am getting very sleepy …


  1. Roy says:

    Dear Glen,

    I’m glad you’re doing this blog.

    I enjoy it a great deal and read it all the time. I’ve learned a lot from you. Thanks for taking the time to write.


  2. Mary says:

    I agree with Roy, and not just because he stopped calling me Angel of Death…

    It’s also very cool to me that you have readers in Brazil.

  3. Roy says:

    Mary –

    I used to call you Angel of Death? Jesus. That’s not good. What’s worse is that although it sounds like something I would come up with, I can’t remember when.. Which is so bad. Since you *did* remember it… Sorry. Please forgive me.


  4. Glen says:

    @2 – My favorite story is still, “there are no dumb people, just ….”

    I won’t finish that as the first time I did, I was summarily struck up the side of the head!

  5. Mary says:

    Oh, Roy don’t worry. It didn’t last long, and I sort of deserved it. I edited some prompts without knowing what I was doing and caused the program to crash. Mostly you called me Angel, which was kind of sweet.

    And Glen, those scars healed up nicely after a couple years.