Some of the nice comments from our readers in this entry from Tuesday prompted today’s quick reflective note.
Bank in July we gave you an update of how our blog had exploded during the year and shared some of our statistics with you. You can see our comments by clicking here. Today we thought that we would quickly re-address this topic with some recent anecdotes.
For example, two weekends ago we received suggesting that we visit the News & Observer‘s website and review the newspapers “Most Viewed Stories in the last 24 hours” last Sunday night (Oct 29th). At the time, the most viewed story of the 24 hours was the paper’s FEBRUARY story reporting that Bill Cowher had bought a house in Raleigh.
We thought that was kind of weird…
…and then it hit us.
Q: Why was this so interesting and significant?
A: Because on Saturday afternoon SFN linked to this old story as one of many links in the middle of this entry discussing NC State’s loss at Virginia. That random link in the middle of a long entry at this little old ‘insignificant’ (if you listen to our critics) blog had created the most viewed story on the News & Observer‘s entire website on Saturday/Sunday!
This^ prompted us to spend a moment checking our recent statistics for the blog and we learned that over 224,000 UNIQUE people have visited the site and generated over 11,000,000 hits since January 1st of this year.
Something that was particularly interesting to us was the depth and breadth of what our most recent visitors have done on the site. For example, in just the first three days of this month (Nov 1-3) the people that have visited the site have clicked on more than 520 different articles. The majority of visitors usually only check the newest articles at the top of the main page; therefore, learning that in just three days over 520 different entries had been viewed at least once was interesting.
Thanks for all of your support!