Some Thoughts About my Blog Stats

Since my wife decided to take the girls to the mall, something of which I have no interest in partaking in, I decided to check out some stats on my blog. The nice thing about using BlogCFC is that it gives you a nice & tidy stats page. It's not overbearing and gives enough info to have some fun with.

Here's what I found:

My first blog entry was 04/17/06 and I've post 205 entries so far.

The total views for all entries has been 368,924 and I average about 1799.63 views per entry. While I'm not a Ray Camden, this does make me happy that people find my posts interesting. :)

The post that generated the most views (9,864) was a bit I wrote on a Cool Ajax Interface to phpBB. The interface was built by Ext JS founder Jack Slocum prior to the Ext being it's own lib and still an extension to YUI. The link to the interface no longer works but you can see what it looked like here.

Another post that generated a number of views (9,448) was “Flex vs. Ajax: Which is Better? Check this out. While I didn't compare the two, it did point to another blog that did. Nonetheless, the comments for my post were certainly lively with both sides of the debate jumping in.

The top category in terms of posts is definitely representative of where I stand in terms of the above mentioned debate. The top category in terms of postings is “AJAX” followed by “jQuer”. This makes total sense considering I'm a member of the jQuery project team and thing JavaScript, Ajax, & open web technologies are the driving technologies for the future of the web.

But while I had more Ajax-related posts, the number one category in terms of comments and IMO, user involvement, was “ColdFusion”. Being an old school ColdFusion developer dating back 10+ years now, I've developed many relationships in the community, enough so that people still respect my opinions on CF. It doesn't mean I haven't pissed off a number of them (especially when I openly called out Macromedia & Adobe) but I think they know that I'm not a CF slouch.

I think the post the was my most controversial was “Younger developers are better & faster?”. Suffice it to say that I was none to happy about the premise that youngsters are better or faster and it seemed like I had a lot of support on this one.

By far the oddest search term I found was “PHENTERMINE” which Google tells me is an appetite suppressant and a pretty good indicator that blog spammers were very concerned about my weight. Thankfully, my weight hasn't lead me to need that.

Finally, the person that seems most in love with my posts, as displayed by being the top commenter on my blog, is Jim Priest (AKA: The Crumb”). Jim is a sharp guy (obviously if he's visiting my blog) and I love reading his blog as well. :D

This was a fun exercise and I'm glad that Ray thought about adding this feature.