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2/4/11

What I Have Learned From 1.5 Weeks of Blogging

I decided to make a blog because I had an interesting story to tell, and I was currently unemployed.  It gave me something to do, and quickly became a fun little outlet to vent.

I have been doing it for about a week and a half, and I have learned a lot.

One of the places I gather my knowledge is the 'stats' page on the blogger dashboard...


This shows me data of who is reading my blog, where they are, and what they use to read it.  The blog has started out with friends and family only (shameless facebook plugging) but has escalated from there.

The first section I want to talk about is the geographic area:


It's an American blog, and most of my friends are from the US, so that's where the majority of my readers are.  But I have also branched out across the Atlantic, which is exciting for me.  Ho, Spain!  Ho, Greece!  Ho, Germany and the rest of you!  The fact I get comments from a broad spectrum of viewers is also interesting, because I love hearing about others' points of view.  To quote a horrid Disney song, it's a small world after all!

Next are the browsers.  Firefox seems to be the weapon of choice, but I noticed "Iron" was a hefty 7%, higher than IE.  I have never heard of iron, so I checked it out.  It's a variation of Chrome, without all the 'google' bits inside.  Probably less stat tracking and history reporting too.  So if you like Chrome but hate Big Brother, Iron is for you.  You can see for yourself on this link.  If it's in German, and you don't speak it, there are translators on the top-right corner.

Last are operating systems.  WTF?  I'm being viewed more on Blackberries than on Macs and iPhones combined?  This baffled me, since Droids and iPhones are becoming so popular.  I have a Blackberry myself (not for very much longer) but thought of BB's as dinosaurs on their way to extinction...

Anyway, these are my insights for now.  I look forward to the further education my blog will reveal to me, and hopefully I can provide some fun insights to my followers as well.   Cheers!
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25 witty retorts:

Jimmy Fungus said...

Interesting insights. Up to now I have been using an Iron to press my clothes, I had no idea I could get the internet on it.

kittens here! said...

lol blackberrys.

Rondariel said...

Woha... Blackberry users don't even come up at all on my view of Operating Systems. Neither do iPhones. Even Linux just comes up under other Unix I think...
Yeah I find it quite intersting how my stats developped since I started this blog.

andrew said...

Very interesting comparing the difference between my and your blogs.

Annah said...

Welcome to the Blogosphere :) Hope you like it here. Yay! That rhymed.

Tasty said...

Small world it is my friend :). I enjoyed this read.

Reality Of Dan said...

I'm part of the 4% Mac users :?

Hydrax said...

I see i'm not the only one who finds that stuff fascinating. Sometimes I just stare at my stats for ages.


(UK viewer, using chrome on Windows 7 here)

Okko said...

I love your comment about the captains log ,date febru...ssssSSS on my blog dude so I just wanted to drop you a few lines.
btw.. heeey from germany *waves*
Another great source on stats about your blog is google analyrics..you can even trace which posts attract the most visitors and how people visit your blog and surf it,you might wanna check that out if you like to get to know your blog even better.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Thanks for the tip Okko.

(btw, if you're not following him, check him out. Good stuff)

I'm big on analytics, and I'm working on (slowly) climbing up the SEO ladder with my blog. I may start adding a blog tips section every once in a while. A few people have asked how to change the Favicon and things like that, so it may be worth doing!

Isaac said...

Good info I probably check this too often though

my day in a sentence said...

Croatia, Firefox, Windows here! :)

rickysha said...

That's amazing considering how much bb browsers stink. I had no idea this type of info was disclosed to us. I'm gonna check it out.

PvtCarlin said...

Lots of good research being done here.

Araita said...

I also love to see my blog's stats usually, its really interesting.

Justin Bieber Fanclub said...

When you see such an analysis you get for sure a better image for your readers.

Michelle said...

Well I am a proud Mac supporter!! also woohoo Canada!

fadedline17 said...

I can't wait to see what my statistics look like in a week or so. I hope I can derive as much information as you did from yours.

jonwinters said...

it is indeed a small world on this interweb. of dreams.

What a wonderful world said...

That's very interesting, thanks for sharing. :)

Hans Krüger said...

Yeah, I got a lot of BBs as well, but I think I see them more around these days. I got a Storm two years ago and it was way superior to the iPhone, I was wondering how not more people choose that and instead went for a certain logo on their stuff ...

Mihai-Edrisch said...

I really like the graphics, I spend a lot of time trying to analysing the ones for my blog. thanx for the share

teampl4yer said...

I always find it entertaining to see people from other countries gathering info from my blog, kinda badass!!!

whetherman said...

For some reason, Croats always seem to visit my blog.

UberCorp said...

Pretty neat statistics!

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