Statistics for this Blog

The post on Further Reflections on IWMW 2010: Innovation and Sustainability was the 750th blog post published on this blog since it was launched on 1 November 2006. This provides a useful opportunity to reflect and to provide an update on the statistics I summarised following the 500th post.

According to timeanddate.com there have been 3 years, 8 months and 18 days since the blog was launched which is equivalent to 1356 days or 193 weeks (and less usefully 117,158,400 seconds,1,952,640 minutes and 32,544 hours) – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun! So this means there 3.88 posts published per week.

During that time there have been just over 264,000 views according to the WordPress administrator’s interface – though I have no idea what this means in terms of views when the content is syndicated to other places. This seems to indicate an average of 350 views per post. There have also been 3,474 comments – although this does include trackbacks and comments I may have made as well as the comments provided by visitors to the blog.

An MS Word copy of the content of the blog posts has been created. This document is over 800 pages long,  although the size of the document is affected by the embedded images which are displayed at a larger size than used on the blog itself and the images are mostly not aligned alongside the text as they are normally in the posts.  However this figure indicates an average of about 4 pages per week.

The blog is currently listed in the top 50 technology blogs in Wikio at number 48 in this list. The blog also has a Technorati authority of 502 and a ranking of 43,325 of the 1,190,726 it has indexed.

Reflections

The blog has provided me with an opportunity to “think out loud” about the implications of new Web developments and to reflect on the digital landscape and my work in helping to shape the ways in which networked technologies are being used. I have also found that the disciple of writing blog posts is beneficial for me in helping me to remember ideas and embed things I’ve learnt. The open I’ve tried to take on this blog has helped me through the feedback I have received and, I hope, allows others to benefit from my posts. The discipline of writing regularly has also helped me to improve my writing ands productivity which, I feel, is reflected in the improved quality of my peer reviewed papers which I’ve published over the past few years (14 peer-reviewed paper and three contributions to books since the blog was launched).

Reuse

Myself and my colleague Marieke Guy have had a paper on “Approaches To Archiving Professional Blogs Hosted In The Cloud” accepted at the iPres2010 conference. The paper describes ways in which the contents of blogs hosted in The Cloud, such as this blog and Marieke’s Rambling of a Remote Worker blog, can be managed so that content is not lost if the hosting agency is not sustainable or if the author changes jobs or is, err, not sustainable!  Such issues span both policy and technical issues.  The policy for this blog (and for Marieke’s) states that “A copy of the contents of the blog will be made available to UKOLN (my host organisation) if I leave UKOLN. Note that this may not include the full content if there are complications concerning their party content (e.g. guest blog posts, embedded objects, etc.),  technical difficulties in exporting data, etc.)“. In addition occasional copies of the contents of this blog have been exported  to a copy of this blog which is hosted on the UKOLN Intranet. As well as providing a backup, this copy can also be used for testing purposes. I have an interest in different user interface and search technologies can be used to enhance access to the large amount of information contained in the blog and the copy allows experimentation to be carried out without making unnecessary changes which may distract readers of the live blog.  In addition colleagues at UKOLN may have an interest in exploring large how Linked Data can enhance access to such data sources, so we may also explore Linked Data plugins for WordPress blogs such as Triplify and SIOC.