The typical GNXP reader

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When you’ve blogged for a while, and with some frequency, you wonder what this is all about. I don’t generally get too caught up in that, there’s more interesting stuff to contemplate. But, check out this from Google Analytics for the past 30 days of traffic for this website:

I’ve long known that most GNXP “readers” are “one off” events. I have no problem with that, if they find what they’re looking for then you’ve done some good. That being said, I was a little shocked (and pleased, frankly) to see that over 8,000 visitors have arrived over 200 times in the past 30 days! I don’t know, or care, about the details of how Google calculates this, rather, I’m interested in the gestalt sense of what’s going on. Obviously the same people don’t come everyday, but our unique visitor traffic has been in the 2,000-4,000 range for years, so these data together suggest that many people skip days (perhaps refreshing the site a lot on the weekend, or during one particular post where they participated in the thread?).

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  1. I visit a couple times a day, it massages the mind :)

  2. I don’t see how (or why!) anyone would visit the site 7 times a day on average over a 30-day period. I guess these stats are counting visits from the same terminal , in which case terminals in libraries, labs, etc, might get numerous hits from different readers.

  3. I just want to say that this is a very interesting and good blog. 
    My compliments.

  4. Finns. They’re all Finns. Plottinng revennge.

  5. Stop whinnginng, bio – just because they winn more Olympic medals than you buggers. 
     
    Just be glad Finns don’t play cricket. 
     
    Er…..they don’t, do they?

  6. David B: “I don’t see how (or why!) anyone would visit the site 7 times a day on average over a 30-day period.” 
     
    Perhaps some people have GNXP as their homepage. Or they regularly use the links on the sidebar. E.g., I often go through the “GNXP Forum” and “John Hawks” links.

  7. DavidB, 
     
    I have the GNXP RSS feed on my Google homepage, but whenever I want to read something I usually go to the site – that could be 10+ times a day some days and as low as 5 other days – depending on whether there are interesting comments to a post or a lively debate. 
     
    I also click on GNXP to get to the Seed GNXP – as it doesn’t seem to have an RSS feed – and to check some other blogs too.

  8. David B: I don’t see how (or why!) anyone would visit the site 7 times a day on average over a 30-day period. I guess these stats are counting visits from the same terminal , in which case terminals in libraries, labs, etc, might get numerous hits from different readers. 
    Over the past 30 or so days I’ve had the free time to read some posts that I bookmarked during the school year. I don’t know if that is a common practice but during the school year (for us undergrads) free time to read (and properly digest) blog entries.

  9. I do the same thing as pconroy.

  10. If I’m heavily participating in a GNXP thread, then it becomes the home page on the old backup machine.  
     
    Your Science Blogs site is effective because it has that “Recent Comments” column at the left that allows you to track all the active threads at once. If I am participating, as I have been the last month or so, then that becomes the home page, also on the backup.

  11. paul: 
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/scienceblogs/gnxp 
     
    it is in the header bar, though if you use firefox you should have the RSS symbol in the URL bar.  
     
    i think the comments are what people are being drawn by. in any case, anyone know of good off site comment system besides haloscan? i’m willing to pay. i just don’t want it to be on the main GNXP site as it will hammer performance even more than it is hammered.

  12. top 10 countries that visit gnxp 
     
    1 usa 
    2 uk 
    3 kanada 
    4 australia 
    5 india 
    6 germany 
    7 ireland 
    8 finland >8-< 
    9 sweden 
    10 france

  13. It looks like you have lots of one-off visitors, then a fair number of people who follow one or two threads in a month, and then a few people who either use this as a homepage, use it as a link farm, or are usually following a thread (so hitting once or twice a day to see if the thread has been updated).

  14. I visit GNXP like 10 times a day. When my co workers are so chatty thatI cant think, and when I get so sleepy after lunch. Or when I am into thinking so deep that I get lost somewhere, so I step back, so I can start all over again and find another path. 
     
    Or sometimes, I just miss Razib. Gotta know , gotta click on what’s Razib is up to.

  15.  
    Or sometimes, I just miss Razib. Gotta know , gotta click on what’s Razib is up to.
     
     
    hey do you know me in real life? why the alias? i traced your IP and you live somewhere where i could know someone ;-)

  16. Almost 18,000 have visited more than 25 times in the last month. That’s a high level of interest in the site from those IP addresses.

  17. GnXP certainly deserves wide and repeating readership. While I have very little background in bio related areas of science, I still find it refreshing to see the debate and also get some small nuggets of informations. As someone who is into research but in another field, it still makes for very interesting reading. 
    I visit atleast once a day (sometimes more) though I rarely comment because I know my limitations :-).

  18.  
    I visit atleast once a day (sometimes more) though I rarely comment because I know my limitations :-).
     
     
    ah, the sort of readers we love! whereof one can not contribute, one must be silent!

  19. I check a couple of times a day from work and home (home=dialup). I go to scienceblogs/gnxp via gnxp classic. So who knows how the stats are being skewed. Oh, and I’ve been reading 4+ years.

  20. I read gnxp a few times a day, because the blog itself a great source of links to interesting research. I work with evolution, though not in biology – gnxp is like a batch of fresh research news delivered daily on my desktop, straight from the biology frontline. 
     
    (As for the gene determinist agit’prop and the occasional ramblings in the comments, I try to filter them out, with mixed success :) ) 
     
    The one thing that kind of puts me off is certain links on the right-hand column. But hey, nobody’s forcing me to click on them.

  21. I think the interval is bad: I for instance read this blog from maybe 5 different computers, minimum. 
     
    If i would check this once a week, it would look like I am visiting once a month. I think majority of those once-in-a-month visitors have been here before.

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