Monday, February 06, 2017

MindBlog’s 11th anniversary…some statistics.

Today is MindBlog’s 11 anniversary. I let the 10th anniversary pass without noticing, so I want to briefly comment this year. Google analytics tells me that there have been about four million views of the 4,115 posts that have appeared thus far. After I have weeded out the 4-5 comments submitted each week whose purpose is to insert a link to a commercial site, authentic comments on the posts are few and far between. I also receive 1-2 emails each week from sites wanting to contribute a post and get a crosslink to their site. My cut and paste response is: “I must decline your kind offer. MindBlog is my own idiosyncratic hobby, and I only post content that I initiate.  I have no interest in revenue.”

The blog passes on material that I would be reading even if I were not doing the blogging gig, and it would seem a shame not to share what I find interesting. While I do write occasional posts that are entirely of my composition, most of the posting is better described as ‘curated content.’ I keep a queue of 5-10 completed posts that are post dated for automatic 3 a.m. daily posting by the Blogger platform. My actual writing occurs in bursts. (It is not happening this week, while my husband and I are on a Caribbean cruise!)

Each day MindBlog receives about 1,500 page views. A typical post, on its first day, will gather 300-600 views, rising to ~1,000 views after two weeks. MindBlog’s RSS feed has ~750 followers, and the automatic reposts to twitter have ~1450 followers. I haven’t monitored the response to reposts on Facebook and Google+.

I’m grateful that this many people seem to find the material interesting. The occasional emails from readers who express gratitude for my efforts motivate me to continue.

8 comments:

  1. I love your stuff, sometimes use your references for posts on my own.
    Deans' Stroke Musings. I also do mine as a hobby.

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  2. Congratulations on longevity and thanks for your efforts to provide a point of contact to so much interesting stuff. It's unusual to see a blog running this long. I hope the curation of interesting and illuminating information provides an memory and integration benefit for you too. I guess it should.

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  3. Thanks for your kind comments!

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  4. thank you for the opportunity to state how important your blog is to me. It is rational, properly skeptical and just plain fascinating. It is part of my regular life.

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  5. Always fascinating reading! An appreciative reader hoping for many more little gems, be they articles or piano pieces.

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  6. Your blog is honestly one of my favorites out there when it comes to neuroscience / philosophy of mind. Each post is almost guaranteed to pick my interest. I like the formula, we seem to have a very similar focus. So please continue!
    And one more thing - I myself am usually reading your blog via RSS reader (The Old Reader) and rarely visit it directly, I'm sure many others to that as well - so your analytics might not show the full picture.

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  7. Aleksander, Thanks for your comments!
    Deric

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