A little after ten past eight on Monday morning this blog had its millionth page view since we started in November 2006. Well according to Blogger it did, anyway.
There are public stats available - anybody interested will find them just below the list of blog contributors in the left hand side bar - and there are Blogger generates a whole raft of statistics too. Trouble is, though, they rarely if ever match up. And the numbers that Blogger aren’t usually internally consistent for that matter.
Still, on the whole the Blogger figures and the public stats do tend to flow more or less in the same direction and they do by and large reflect jumps that we would expect (e.g. Let's Make a Deal last September or ). Good at capturing the general trend, then, but an instrument of precision they are most definitely not.
I can't tell you how narked I am that I missed the exact moment
So if Blogger says we’ve had 1,000,000 page views it doesn’t really mean anything at all. It's entirely arbitrary with no more significance than, say, getting over 180 on the ECF grading list for the first time ever because by chance you played precisely enough games to enable a bad result you had back in January 2013 to drop out of the calculations. Blogger’s 1,000,000 doesn’t mean you’re popular any more than the ECF’s 180 means you’re a good chesser.
And yet that million means a lot to me all the same.
Don't get me wrong, I’m fully aware that six zeros is tiny by internet standards. Perspective: a 47-second clip of dog running through Richmond Park has been watched by ten times that figure.
And yet it means a lot to me all the same.
Six billion page views a month back in 2011 apparently
(PlentyofBloggers dating website yet to trouble the scorers)
You see, what we write about is what's important to us. How we choose to write about it is how we see the world, This blog, in a very real sense, is our story.
Having somebody read it isn’t why we do it, but - and I’ll speak for myself here - I’m continually surprised and delighted when somebody, anybody at all, actually does. So whether it’s one person hitting refresh over and over again (hello mum), or a zillion of you dropping by once and never coming back it’s all the same to me. And my message in return, would be just the same too.
Thanks for dropping by.