According to the WordPress statistics, today saw the 4,000th visit to this blog since it was launched at the beginning of November 2006, 10 weeks ago.
On 6th November I described how I claimed my blog in Technorati, in order to observe how new blogs would be found, without any announcement. On 11 November I reported how this had helped the numbers of visitors leap to over 100.
The mantra that there are lies, dammed lies and Web statistics can also be applied to blogs, of course (although as blog pages are dynamic the usage statistics should not be skewed by cached pages). However it terms of being able to monitor usage, identify impact and evaluate the effectiveness of dissemination strategies, there will probably be a need to collect such statistics. As with general Web usage statistics, however, there will be a need to interpret such statistics carefully – a blog intended for reflective purposes, for example, would not expect to gain as many hits as a blog which aims to provide a news and informational resource to a large community.
I’ll return to the issue of maximising awareness of a blog in a future posting. For now, my advice is ‘claim your blog‘.