State Of The Blog Report

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Technorati recently released their latest State of The Blogosphere report (renamed to something about the Live Web to avoid confusion with the Dead Web) chock full of statistics and pretty graphs.

This would be interesting, if I were interested in anything other than myself. No, I don’t care about how other blogs are doing. I only care about Me Me ME!

How is MY Blog doing?

To find out I could check on some external sources. For example, Alexa.com shows that my site has experienced steady growth in the past three years (click on the chart to see the actual report page).

Alexa Graph of Haacked.com over 3
years

But lest I let that go to my head, let’s compare my site’s reach with my friend Jeff’s using Alexa’s comparison tool.

Hmmm, it may be high time I contrive my own crowd pleaser FizzBuzz post.

Moving on, let’s see what Technorati has to say.

Haacked.com on Technorati - Rank 6358 (1276 links from 473
blogs)

Wow. 6358 is a big number! That’s good right? Oh, maybe not. But we can see that 473 blogs have provided 1276 links to my blog. I should hit these suckers up for a loan!

Let’s swing over to see what Feedburner says:

Subscribers: 3,339. Site Visitors:
1,334

It’d be nice to have just one score to look at. Let’s swing over to the Website Grader.

Website Grade: 97/100 Page Rank:
6

I could have saved some time by just going here first. Hey Ma! I got an A! Can I leave the cage?

Looking Inward

Well, if there’s one thing I learned about happiness it’s to look for it inward, rather than relying on external validation. That way, you don’t have to let reality intrude on your carefully crafted world view. So let’s look at some internal statistics.

  • Posts - 1322
  • Comments - 2510
  • Spam Comments - 9818 (which is low because I periodically clean out the table)

Hmmm… I wonder what are my five most popular posts based on Ayende’s formula.

Title Web Views
Video: The Dave Chappelle Show 169,398
PHOTO: When Nerds Protest The RNC 81,353
Year of the Golden Pig 60,316
Response.Redirect vs Server.Transfer 54,076
Using a Regular Expression to Match HTML 37,807

I won’t lie. It depresses me a bit to learn that my three most popular posts have nothing to do with technology. Not only that, the most popular post by a longshot is a skit about a family with an unfortunate last name. It’s a mispelling of a horrible racial epithet, which happens to bring alot of bad spelling racists in search of god knows what.

What the Numbers Don’t Say

Well all these numbers are fine and good, but they can’t measure the enjoyment I get out of blogging. Nor can they measure the satisfaction that some readers (any reader?) gets from reading my posts. At least not until someone builds Satisfactorati or Satisfactorl.icio.us.

The numbers may not support my complete self-centered ego-centric view, but when has vanity and a self-inflated ego ever been subdued with so called “facts”?

So what is the state of your blog?

This post is a refresh to my Blogging Is Pure Vanity post from way back when.

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  1. Avatar for Kevin Dente
    Kevin Dente April 6th, 2007

    Look on the bright side - your blog makes more ad revenue than Jeff's. ;)

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    Scott April 6th, 2007

    And uses at least two more colors than his.

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    wife April 6th, 2007

    oh... I can't stop laughing at Kevin and Scott's comments! Hilarious! I just went to Jeff's blog for the first time to experience the phenom myself...but that picture of the fugly dude he has up right now wasn't very welcoming. If he had pictures of Spartan warriors, I might have had to subscribe...

  4. Avatar for Steven Harman
    Steven Harman April 6th, 2007

    Phil - If you're ever feeling down, just compare your stats to mine and I'm sure you're head will fill so big you won't be able to fit through the door!

  5. Avatar for Brian P Halligan
    Brian P Halligan April 7th, 2007

    Hello,
    Nicely done on the 97 on website grader. That number is relative to every other url in the database (north of 10,000 urls, btw). I might recommend you fill in the "website type" drop-down the next time you use it to check your rank relative to your peer group. I checked for you and it was a little lower than your 97, but still quite respectable.
    In a future release of websitegrader, you'll have the ability to track history on all those great metrics in the report.
    Incidentally, we found ourselves checking Alexa, Technorati, Google Analytics, and Feedburner to see how we were performing over and over again. That was getting old, so part of our core product offering (hubspot) is a mashup of all this great information. It saves a ton of time looking at tabs. ...If you ever have interested in taking a peak at that, drop us a note.
    Brian.

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    Damien Guard April 7th, 2007

    I knew I shouldn't have tried to find out how mine was doing using these tools :(
    [)amien