How many of you are there?
According to a mixture of WordPress and Google Analytics statistics reports, I receive roughly twelve to fifteen hundred hits per day. That’s excluding bots and other riffraff. And that’s not unique visitors, either: it’s page views.
Order of magnitude, it’s about 1000 different people a day. That translates into about 30,000 unique visitors a month (an overestimate, since some people come here using more than one computer, and each is counted as a separate person; plus, lots of you are regulars).
Traffic has been trending up steadily, too. Divide everything by two, and you have a reasonable estimate of last year at this time.
I owe much of this increase to you, my readers. And that’s not my attempt at flattery, either. (If it was flattery, I would have said, “my abnormally intelligent, surely good-looking readers”.)
I know this is true from examining the incoming traffic stats. A chunk of search-engine directed or linked traffic comes from keywords or material from this site’s comments. This means that people are coming here to read what you said.
I am grateful for this, especially as traffic to the site positively correlates with my wallet size. Perhaps hat size, too.
But there are more than a few of you that come regularly and do not comment. To you, I say: speak up! You are surely thick-skinned enough to handle the inevitable ridicule, opprobrium, and excoriation the other readers will heap upon you for your, what they will tell you are your, undoubtedly mistaken views.
Kidding! I’m just kidding. Most of us haven’t killed and eaten anybody in years, so you have nothing to fear. We are nice people.
Where are you from?
Most gratifying is the proportion of non-USA traffic. It is nearly 50% and growing. For example, the majority of people who downloaded my Quirk’s article from this past week were not in the States.
And it’s not just the English-speaking countries, like you’d expect. Visitors are from all over. There is a solid base of folk from Finland (maybe the Northern Michigan connection?), even more from Germany, and a steady supply from Japan. We even had somebody—perhaps lost—from Mongolia.
Remember, if you need a statistician, I’ll go anywhere: I can gesture in several languages.
What’s interesting is where people are not from. Over the past year, I had no visits from the following countries: North Korean, Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Paraguay, French Guiana, Suriname, Papua New Guinea, Serbia and Montenegro, Somalia, and most of Central-West Africa from Mauritania to D.R. Congo.
I don’t know about Antarctica, since Google doesn’t track it (other than, perhaps, the “not set” continent distinction; of which there were 320 visits) . Everywhere else was represented. This story is surely the same for other web sites.
Who are you?
Our regular contributers are largely professional, but that’s the same all over the web. We don’t, for example, attract a computer-illiterate crowd.
What’s not the same, is that most of us are familiar with the right-hand-rule, understand jokes about rogue 540nm photons, like to be left alone, and know how to pronounce “corpsman“.
We are also, surely, abnormally intelligent and good-looking.
I’m thinking about setting up—strictly for fun—a survey of readers, just so everybody can see who we all are.
Anyway, thanks to everybody for making the site work. Keep sending those links and ideas. And feel free to send the site to your rich relatives who are authorized to sign large-dollar contracts and who might need a statistician.