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You might have noticed that today was February 01, 2011. A
new month begins as another one ends. And with a new month comes a new blog
series that, if all goes well, I will do at the beginning of each new month.
You might wonder why or if anyone even cares? I don't know. Frankly, I don't
even really care. I like statistics as much as I hate statistics, but even more
than statistics, I like Microsoft Excel and always look forward for an
opportunity to capture data in a spreadsheet.
Hah. If you had any doubt at the level of my geekiness,
surely this post will solidify my reputation as an uber geek. Yes, on my own
free will and without being under duress, I admit that I not only like
Microsoft Excel, I am what some might consider a power user. I've created all
sorts of fancy .xls files that have resulted in some of my co-workers asking
questions like, "That's Excel?" and "Do you have a life?"
Yep. From macros and functions to custom userforms and
programming in VBA. I just like tooling around in Excel. It really is a great
piece of software. So, I've been wanting to do something like this for a while,
but I didn't want to start in the middle of the year. I like everything to be
nice and symmetrical, at least in my mind, so I tucked this idea away until the
New Year rolled around and what do you know? Here we are. January 2011 crossed
off the list.
The thing about statistics, you can capture and display all
sorts of different variables of varying importance. I won't bore you with too
much Excel spreadsheets. Maybe just a chart or two...this time. But I did want
to capture some information that I thought the GIO community might enjoy; and I
wanted to capture some information that didn't spotlight individual efforts. I
didn't want to say, "Hah. Look how many blogs I've posted. Look how many
views I got. Look how many comments I got." No, I wanted this to be a
community product, so if you're expecting specifics like who blogs the most,
who gets the most views or who gets the most comments...you're not going to
find that in this blog. That's not what it's about. It's about this blogging
community we've basically started from scratch and built into one of the more
popular hot spots at Game Informer.
So, read on...enjoy the data...and catch my summary at the
end. Cheers. And if you're wondering. Yes, this was a very laborious endeavor.
Indeed it was.
*NOTE* This data is
accurate for the time I retrieved it. Obviously, it's subject to change and not
guaranteed to be 100% correct.
Online: User Blog Statistics - JANUARY
Total Number of Blogs: 375
Total Views: 137,451
Total User Comments: 3,323
Total Staff/Admin Comments: 13
Most Blogs Posted in One Day: 18 (January 07, 2011)
Least Blogs Posted in One Day: 5 (January 15, 2011)
Average Blogs Posted Per Day: 12
Average Views Per Blog: 367
Most Views on a Single Blog: 2,570
Least Views on a Single Blog: 12
Most Comments on a Single Blog: 35
Least Comments on a Single Blog: 0
(Blogs Posted Per Day)
(Number of Blogs Posted By Day of the Week)
Contributors (Posted 1-5 Blogs) - 101
Brandon Whiting is back
christian b in da house
Demon of Elru
EJ Cruz (Aka The Ishimura Survivor)
God of Irony
The Replay Review
the ultimate bohab
Contributors (Posted 6+ Blogs) - 17
The journey man
Blogger with the Longest Name: EJ Cruz (Aka The Ishimura Survivor)
Blogger with the Shortest Name: BMW
Since this is the first blog, there is no real data to
compare it to, so the January statistic report will essentially establish a
baseline for future months. Overall, I was fairly impressed with the number of
bloggers contributing, but honestly I would've guessed a lot more total views
than what was actually recorded. Also, most of the staff/moderator comments
were from moderators. In fact, I think all of them were, so January was a light
month for staff feedback. I don't say that as poke at them, but just as a
reminder that the blogging community here is very active and always appreciates
staff interaction. Speaking of active, on average a blog will yield 350+ views.
That's pretty impressive. From someone who has blogged at many other sites
where you might only get ten and if you're lucky, fifty...getting hundreds of
views is indicative of a very active blogging community. Of course with that,
you're going to get the occasional spam and troll, which we have witnessed just
a little bit, but overall I think the blogging community has really flourished.
It's certainly a lot busier here now than when I first got here.
Okay, well...that's about it. In time, depending on how this
turns out, I'll probably get a little flashier and collect more data, but for the
first episode, I just wanted to capture basic information.
Hello. My name is Saint, and I am a geek.