WordPress.com sent me a nice annual report providing all kinds of statistics for the year 2012, so I am sharing these numbers here.
It turns out that there were 101 new posts in 2012, of which 54 were my blogs, and the rest mainly posts in Special Features (Focus Articles and Commentaries) and a few guest blogs. This works out to about two posts per week, a pace that I intend to maintain in 2013.
There were a total of 45,000 views in 2012. I don’t know how many unique visitors there were, because WordPress started showing numbers of visitors only about a month ago. But since these data became available, there were between 2 and 3 views per visitor, so you do the math.
The most viewed picture (image from kiltmen.com)
The next three popular blogs were
- Herbert Gintis. The Evolution of Human Cooperation
- Elinor Ostrom. Enhancing the Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action
- Herbert Gintis: On the Evolution of Human Morality (a comment on Steven Pinker)
After that come several of my blogs, again:
- The Dark Side of Cultural Evolution
- Why Europe is not China
- The Splendor and Mystery of the Mississippian Civilization
From this I conclude that our approach of having two distinct audiences, general public and scientists interested in social evolution, is working, because both types of content are actively viewed.
I also conclude from looking at the numbers that when I write a blog, I have very little idea on how popular it will eventually become!
What else? Overall, there were 650 comments, with the top-commented blog getting 40 of them. And vistors came from 141 countries.
In summary, while compared to truly popular blogs, the SEF is small potatoes. On the other hand, the SEF is barely a year old, and I started blogging less than a year ago. The dynamics have been really good: in December of 2012 there were 11 times as many views as in January of 2012. And, even more importantly, it has been an enjoyable and instructive experience for me, and I hope for others.
Thank you—contributors, commentators, and readers—and hope to see you back in 2013!