Ever since I moved this blog from wordpress.com to a self-hosted wordpress environment just after the ED209 exam last October (through 123-reg.co.uk,) I’ve started to look more closely at the stats that I can generate. It’s interesting to see how many people end up here and where they came from! This week has seen the number of page views of the blog exceed 600 for the first time this year, which tracking back has only happened a few times before. The most notable exception to the “I get a few hundred page views a week” rule was in the run up to the ED209 exam last year. The peak week (just before the exam) saw slightly over 3,000 page views. Last minute exam revision panic I guess … and I was doing the same too, scouring the web for inspiration!
The other interesting stats are concerned with how people find this blog in the first place. If people follow links here, they tend either to be following the link on my signature on a post at the OU forums or alternatively have come from the small, but growing band of people out there who also blog about their experience of studying with the OU. In return, I try to link to as many of the active ones I know about – they’re listed on the right hand side of the homepage under OU Bloggers, in case you haven’t found them yet. If there are more out there that I’ve missed please let me know!
Of course, the other big source of traffic is search engines, usually, but not always, google. The chart below shows keywords used in search phrases that have resulted in a visit to the blog this year. DD303 is way out in front, and the appearance of the keywords tma01 and stroop towards the bottom of the chart shows where people’s minds are directed at the moment … unsurprisingly, I guess!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Please feel free to leave comments too … a couple have come in while I’ve been putting this post together. I know that the stats show that people do come here … but it’s also nice to have real messages left. And I don’t bite. Honestly!
Time to get back to chapter 5 now … and to see if I can finally get straight the difference between a concept and a category.