It's interesting, occasionally, to look at the quantum of traffic that shows up here. On July 15th, 2010:
–There were 1,937 visitors.
–There were 2,548 visits. (Some of you came back!)
–There were 4,197 pageviews. (Some of you read more than one page!)
–You visited from 58 counties. 1524 of you are in the U.S., 107 from Canada. Other countries ranged from the U.K. and Australia to Malta, Brunei Darussalam, Tunisia, and Latvia.
–You had your browsers set to 17 languages.
–You visited from big companies and small ones, big schools and small ones, and various governmental entities. (Hello, U.S. Department of Justice!)
–About 400 of you came here via search engines, 880 from links from elsewhere, and a handful from social networks, feed readers, social bookmarks, and forums. 583 came directly.
–The most popular search terms were Anthony Graber, "popehat" (for those who forgot our url, I guess), and "dora the explorer." (Don't ask.)
–Some of you still use internet explorer. One of you uses a super-secret advanced copy of a future release of Firefox. It's like glimpsing a space-plane at Roswell.
Of course, that's an incomplete picture. It only shows who actually visited Popehat to read, which is increasingly like walking to school uphill both ways through the snow. Some of you out there are reading exclusively via RSS. How many? We have no idea. [According to one metric generated by WordPress,] More than 10,700 signed up for the RSS feed in the last year, 1119 in the last month, and 328 in the last 24 hours. But how many of those actually read our feed? How many have already deleted it in disgust? It's unknowable. Our readership is indeterminable by an order of magnitude. That's odd.
[Edit: in the comments, Chris casts those feed numbers into doubt. I have little faith in them, and would not be surprised if they were substantially inflated.]
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