January 31, 2005

Yet more Warwick Blogs statistics

Follow-up to Warwick Blogs statistics from Kieran's blog

I've not looked at the stats for Warwick Blogs in a little while, so I thought it was time to publish a few bits of information for anyone interested.

I'll start with page views. Following an obvious Xmas holiday drop in page views, we are almost climbing back up to pre-Xmas levels…but not quite. I guess things are pretty much in steady state now.

As for actual writing activity, following the very same Xmas drop, we are back up to as active as ever almost. 150 or so entries a day is pretty good, but still lower than I would have hoped. Still, we have 17,500 entries in total now.

Comments do seem to have dropped below pre-Xmas levels now. No doubt this is partly down to the loss of the old style homepage which shows "Hot topics". Hopefully it is then made up for by the inclusion of favourites pages for people since just before Xmas. We now have around 34,000 comments. That's 2 for every entry. A good ratio.

It is interesting to see that there is still a nice steady influx of new blog requests. What is nice is that we are starting to see different uses we'd not really thought about. In the last week or two we've seen a lot of requests for blogs by candidates for the Union elections. Hopefully blogs will give them an easier way to communicate and get feedback from the voters.

Galleries continue to be used heavily this term. With around 150 new images uploaded per day, we now have 23,000 images!

A few other little stats.

  • 300 people have created favourites page now.
  • 670 people have created profile pages.
  • There are 400 blogs with more than 10 entries
  • There are 3 blogs that more than 40 people list in their favourites
  • We list just 232 external links in our favourites, but over 1500 local Warwick blogs.
  • Over 8000 distinct Warwick staff and students have visited Warwick Blogs when logged in since it started (that's a great ratio of total staff/students)
  • Only two users have made more than 1000 comments!
  • 1300 distinct logged in users have posted comments

Most popular blog designs:

  1. pink
  2. coolblue
  3. standard
  4. bluetones
  5. black
  6. coolblue2
  7. simplegreen
  8. icywow
  9. toned3
  10. grungy

Other and better quality images are in the Stats gallery


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  1. The list of popular blog designs will come in most handy.

    31 Jan 2005, 11:08

  2. It's a little strange that that the trend for page views started going down during the later weeks of term rather than after it. It might be that the "novelty" factor wore off, and the resurgence is more of a natural trend. Interesting.

    Only two users have made more than 1000 comments!

    Name and shame them! :p Do you have any plans to list the number of entries/comments posted by individual users? (I wonder how many I have…)

    31 Jan 2005, 12:09

  3. I won't be naming and shaming anyone because of privacy reasons
    However, it wouldn't take a genius to work out who they might be :)

    31 Jan 2005, 12:16

  4. How many comments do I have?

    31 Jan 2005, 12:21

  5. You are sitting in 5th place :) Get commenting!

    31 Jan 2005, 12:28

  6. A poor effort by me

    31 Jan 2005, 12:36

  7. I want to know who the three blogs with 40 fans are. Sam Hates has got to be one of them…

    31 Jan 2005, 14:25

  8. Those two people have to be Sam and Dan- who else could it be!? Well, it certainly ain't me, that's for sure.

    31 Jan 2005, 15:23

  9. It's not me, I think I only have about six. :(

    Oh, and +1 to my comment count.

    31 Jan 2005, 16:24

  10. John Dale

    > have to be Sam and Dan- who else could it be!

    Why? Because they post a lot? There doesn't have to be a correlation between posting a lot and being added to lots of peoples' favourites.

    31 Jan 2005, 20:25

  11. I wouldn't have guesses Sam, to be honest. Daniel yes, but I think my other pick would actually have been Kieran himself, because he keeps popping up with welcome posts.

    It's certainly true that high post counts do not imply being on many favourite lists: I'm probably the best example!

    31 Jan 2005, 21:29

  12. I won't go identifying ranking of any individuals, but I can say that it's not me :)

    As John says, there is some match between comments/posts/favourites, but there are plenty of exceptions.

    01 Feb 2005, 09:32

  13. How do i do on the stats front? Not that high i would imagine, but i'm intersted!

    01 Feb 2005, 14:49

  14. You probably get the prize for meanest comments

    01 Feb 2005, 17:03

  15. Steve Rumsby

    Any chance of making stats like these availble on the "about me" page for each blog owner to see, and optionally make visible to others? An overnight run to dump numbers into table would be fine – no need for real time stuff.

    When you're allowed to escape from your top secret project to work on Blogbuilder again, that is:-)

    01 Feb 2005, 22:25

  16. John Dale

    It would seem odd to make general stats for the whole of WB available on an individual's "About me" page, so I presume that you're suggesting that we make stats like "Number of comments I've made" or "Whose Favourite am I" or suchlike. However as a matter of policy I don't plan to release those sorts of figures because the evidence suggests that it then becomes competitive (cf. hot topics) and we don't want to end up with users trying to come out top for whatever metrics we publish.

    02 Feb 2005, 10:22

  17. Steve Rumsby

    Yes – per user stats is what I meant. And I see your point – increasing the competetiveness is unlikely to increase the quality of the postings. So forget I asked:-)

    02 Feb 2005, 11:14

  18. I felt the problem with hot topics was the algorithm, not the idea. Spam and dead topics lingered about for too long.

    In terms of a post count, it swings both ways. On one forum I'm a regular at postcounts are displayed but non-sortable, so you can see who is commenting a lot but can't tell who has the most. On another it's filled with +1s, but the competitiveness for top postcount died when one user (semi-legitimately) leaped to 10k and had nearly 10% of the forum posts.

    The personal stats I'm most interested in page hits, total comments made (of course :p) and last entry date; the general stats I'm most interested in are new blogs, the proportion of blogs with over x entries and entries per day.

    02 Feb 2005, 11:33

  19. I would like to publish an auto-generated stats overview, it's a bit of a pain to generate those graphs by hand whenever it can be bothered. Unfortunately…it's not exactly a priority :(

    02 Feb 2005, 21:35

  20. If I knew how to code I'd do it for you. :(

    03 Feb 2005, 00:33


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