My top posts of 2014

After consulting the available stats and readership metrics, I compiled the following likely-comprehensive list: I don't know. I have no idea. Who tracks this kind of stuff? Seriously? Stats are bogus anyway. LOL stats don't tell you anything about what's important.

January 4, 2015 · 1 min

winter 2014 d2L activity

Aggregated stats for D2L usage during the Winter 2014 semester (Jan-Apr 2014). Counts number of visits, not pageviews. The first week of January was the ramp-up to the official semester start. Reading week is visible as the slump in February. Kind of trails off as finals approach…

April 19, 2014 · 1 min

the death of Google Reader has been greatly exaggerated

Using Marco Arment’s handy dandy RSS feed-subscribers apache access log processing script, here’s the current breakdown of accesses by known RSS reader applications to my blog since 8am today: The big spike on the far left? Google Reader. Still counting for almost 77% of RSS-related accesses to my blog. Except no humans can see what it’s still indexing using GReader… Marco found the same thing on his much-more-widely-read blog. Google Reader appears to be a zombie process, obediently and tirelessly indexing RSS feeds, oblivious to the fact that nobody will be able to view the product of its work…...

July 10, 2013 · 1 min

goaccess live webserver stats on hippie hosting

I just installed the GoAccess apache log processing application on the Hippie Hosting Co-op server, giving users a way to watch the stats for their sites in realtime, without having to rely on privacy-invading analytics bugging software. This software works on the command line, so just SSH into your account and type: goaccess -f statistics/logs/access_log That tells goaccess to load with the logfile at the specified location. You can feed it other logfiles, but the default one for a Hippie Hosting account should be at statistics/logs/access_log....

June 8, 2012 · 1 min

over one million served

I just cracked open the Google Analytics stats for my blog, and was curious to see how much data was available. I had it display all data (going back as far as November 16, 2005, which is apparently when I first started using Analytics). Google has tracked over 1 million page views on my blog. Over 600,000 unique visitors. The scale of that just blows my mind.

February 6, 2009 · 1 min


interesting. according to YouTube's Insight stats display, my recent 3 videos are quite the hit with the older gentleman crowd...

October 2, 2008 · 1 min

on disabling excessive stats

I just disabled two separate blog stats packages, each for a different reason. This move was partially inspired by the upcoming "F*** Stats - Make Art!" session on the docket at Northern Voice. First, I disabled the FeedBurner FeedSmith integration plugin. This is a handy way to automatically redirect requests for RSS feeds to the FeedBurner service. I had decided to use FeedBurner as a way to reduce the load on my Dreamhost shared server - the feed would be cached by FeedBurner and served from there, removing a tonne of requests off-site....

February 19, 2008 · 2 min

Sitemeter spyware removed

Apparently Sitemeter, one of the services I use to track stats about visitors and activity here, recently started inserting cookies for an advertising company. These cookies are essentially spyware, used to track visitors across the internet by matching up that cookie on each site that is visited. I've disabled Sitemeter, and won't be going back. I've been very happy with them for the last few years, but sneaking spyware onto visitors is not cool....

April 21, 2007 · 1 min

Google Analytics - nice, but delayed

Google Analytics My rating: 3 out of 5 I've been playing with Google Analytics since I saw Tim Bray mention it last week. It looks like Google bought the Urchin webserver stats cruncher, rolled into their Adsense service, and are offering it for free. Although it seems rather tilted towards optimizing Adsense revenue, it's also quite useful for non-Adsense usage. I've been letting it chew for a week to see what kind of data it came up with, and am really impressed with the reports it provides....

November 21, 2005 · 2 min

160266 words

As of the previous post, this blog contains 778 published entries containing a whopping 160,266 words - around 205 words per post. That blows me away. I mean, I remember struggling to write 5.000 word essays. And I write this blog just to document stuff I'm doing, basically for kicks. That's not all - the 895 non-spam comments on this blog contain a stunning 52,668 words - about 59 words per comment....

October 12, 2005 · 1 min