Monday 4th January 2010
It’s been nearly a year and a half since I last shared some statistics about the site and the start of a new year seems a good time to look back, so here are the latest stats…
Diary, Encyclopedia and annotations
The Diary section of the site currently has 2,557 entries (not all of them published yet) and 49,008 annotations (this figure doesn’t include spam annotations), so that’s an average of about 19 annotations per diary entry (it was 20 last time). The main software used to catch spam annotations has caught 50,125 of them since it was first used around 18 months ago.
Here’s a graph from Movable Type showing the number of annotations posted each day on Diary entries over the past four months:
The Encyclopedia section features 3,589 topics (again, not all published), 2,037 of them people, and 711 of them featuring information from Wikipedia. A total of 7,351 annotations have been posted in the Encyclopedia, and here’s the graph of activity over the past four months:
Every link from a Diary entry to an Encyclopedia topic creates a reference back to the Diary entry and there have been 39,174 of these to date.
Visitors, page views, etc.
According to Google Analytics, over the past month (4th December to 3rd January) the site has had 33,823 Absolute Unique Visitors (ie, different people) visiting a total of 63,963 times for a total of 151,565 Pageviews. Those figures are up on the same period a year ago: 7.31% for Unique Visitors, 7.30% for Visits and 11.25% for Pageviews.
Here are some graphs of daily statistics from 16th November 2005, the earliest I have Google Analytics data for (click to see larger versions).
I think the dip to zero is due to me making a temporary mistake with installing the Google Analytics script.
UPDATE: I’ve added the table below, from Google Analytics, which represents “Visitor Loyalty” for 7 Dec 2009 to 6 Jan 2010. While a large number of people have only visited once or twice, it’s interesting to see that around a third of Visitors visited an average of at least once a day or more.
For those of a technical bent, here’s a breakdown of which web browsers and operating systems are most popular here:
And this is an indication of where traffic comes from:
(“Direct Traffic” is people who have bookmarked the site or type the URL in; “Search engines” is visits that came from someone searching on Google etc; and “Referring Sites” is visits that occurred by someone following a link from any other site to get here.)
Here are the top 25 things people searched for on search engines to get here (numbers in brackets are the number of visits for that search term during 2009):
- samuel pepys (23,386)
- pepys diary (18,404)
- samuel pepys diary (12,808)
- pepys (11,276)
- diary (2,811)
- the diary of samuel pepys (1,886)
- diary of samuel pepys (1,701)
- diary entries (1,582)
- pepysdiary (1,242)
- pepys diary online (1,142)
- noise of fiddlers (1,109)
- pepysdiary.com (1,072)
- peeps diary (1,044)
- www.pepysdiary.com (928)
- whitehall palace (898)
- seething lane (866)
- diary entry (858)
- elizabeth pepys (769)
- creechurch lane, synagogue (731)
- diaries (715)
- lady castlemaine (710)
- pepys blog (707)
- diary samuel pepys (639)
- shipbuilder anthony deane (566)
- samuel peeps (550)
RSS feeds and email
Next, a summary of how many people read the site via RSS or email (possibly in addition to on the web). The main Diary feed has 3,199 subscribers, the Story So Far feed has 123 subscribers, the Encyclopedia 56 subscribers, Site News 232 and In-Depth Articles 52.
Here’s a graph showing the number of subscribers to the Diary feed since I started using FeedBurner to host the feeds in October 2007:
And here are the most popular ways to read the RSS feeds over the past month:
- Google Reader / iGoogle (1018)
- LiveJournal (855)
- Bloglines (393)
- NewsGator Online (108)
- FriendFeed (90)
Occasionally people ask how much time it takes to run this website, so in 2009 I kept track of the time I spent on it. It was a relatively quiet year as I didn’t add many new features or re-design anything major.
Here’s the breakdown of the total number of hours spent on various tasks over 2009:
|Preparing diary entries (including Twitter posts)||117.0|
|Adding pictures to hover “tool tip” links||12.0|
|Dealing with flagged annotations||5.0|
|Fixing truncated comments||4.5|
|Writing a script to automate posting to Twitter||3.5|
|General fixing of broken things||3.0|
|Publishing Story So Far summaries||1.5|
|Writing Site News||1.0|
|Publishing In-Depth Articles||0.5|
|Miscellaneous other tasks||2.5|
There were probably lots of little bits here and there I forgot to time but that’s about it for a quiet twelve months: 150.5 hours, or nearly four working weeks per year.
Finally, as this is sort of a wrap-up of the past year I’d like to thank everyone for reading the site and to everyone who’s posted an annotation.
I’d also like to offer special thanks to three people:
- Terry Foreman, who has offered many corrections and suggestions to make the Encyclopedia and linking to it better.
- Jeannine Kerwin, who has continued to write the monthly Story So Far summaries.
- Max Wainer, who has been diligently alerting me to hundreds of annotations which were truncated by an old database move, only a fraction of which I’ve had time to fix so far.
Thanks again to everyone, and I hope 2010 (and 1667) is a good year for you all!