Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Pinch and a punch it’s the first of the month and here is the Thanet blog chart.

Once again from this blogs web stats the number of people that come here by clicking on a link on another blog the only significant one not listed is Thanet Life as it has no live link to here.

This is not exactly a Thanet blog popularity chart but it is the nearest I can get to one the figures are for Absolute Unique Visitors. / referral 808 / referral 307 / referral 172 / referral 134 / referral 78 / referral 69 / referral 61 / referral 42 / referral 34 / referral 33 / referral 32 / referral 30 / referral 26 / referral 23 / referral 19 / referral 16 / referral 15 / referral 14 / referral 11 / referral 8 / referral 7

I always manage to miss someone please let me know if you spot one missing.

This gives you some idea of this sites usage during the previous month.
5,328 Visits
2,269 Absolute Unique Visitors
9,005 Page Views
1.69 Average Page Views
00:02:41 Time on Site
36.32% New Visits

This is from my new blog as it shows where this blog figures in all of this. / referral 307 / referral 158 / referral 74 / referral 24 / referral 23 / referral 16 / referral 15 / referral 13 / referral 12 / referral 11 / referral 8 / referral 6

1,152 Visits
617 Absolute Unique Visitors
2,078 Page Views
1.80 Average Page Views
00:01:10 Time on Site
53.56% New Visits

This blog doesn’t have links from all of the major local blogs but does give a different perspective.

I put it online primarily so that recent documents produced by Thanet District Council appeared in an organised and timely manner with proper feeds, something I hope the council will eventually manage to do for itself.

Feeds are very important as it is these that make the live links (recent posts on other blogs on my sidebar or sites like work) this is very significant with the modern web as evidenced in that no traffic at all came from the static link on Thanet Life.

As far as I can see the council feels that it is tied up in too much red tape to just embed a blog on there website and let the council officers writing the documents have access to it which would be an easy and cheap solution.

Much of the problem here relates to the fact that for ordinary people IT and the internet has become much more usable and much cheaper, after all if you post a comment here you are publishing to the internet, something that not so long ago required specialist skills and considerable expense.

All you have to do is click on the comments link at the bottom of the post, put your comment in the box and click on “publish your comment” anyone can do so.

From the councils point of view there are many people both council officers and outside agencies that benefit in maintaining some sort of mystique around IT, quite simply if they allowed the modern user friendly and often free IT facilites to be used they would be out of a job.

Various council officers that I know tell me that the situation with TDCs IT is very bad indeed, with access to normal office equipment like scanners being almost nonexistent.

Anyway back to the statistics useful to me as this blog helps to promote my local history publications and bookshop two things I hope are beneficial to Thanet.

Of further interest to me are the statistics from my little used blog as most of the local blogs don’t have a link to it there is no point in showing where the traffic comes from, however the way a very few people use it quite intensively is very different to how my other blogs behave.

312 Visits
51 Absolute Unique Visitors
447 Page Views
1.43 Average Page Views
00:06:12 Time on Site
16.35% New Visits

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