Monday, October 13, 2014

Numbers! Stats! Geek Mode!

First, I'd like to thank all the people who have taken the time to read my writing tips that I offer each week at my author webpage:

I was checking my stats. Yeah, looking at the numbers.  I track several of my pages so I can have some inkling of what my visitors are interested in and what they really want.


Just offhandedly, I'd say there is a lot of interest in Character Details and/or Descriptions.

Imagine my shock.  My writing tip of November 25, 2013, about Character Details has had just under 10,000 views. Yeah, I was impressed and then the old cost accountant analyst in me kicked in and I started playing with the numbers.

Today is October 13, 2014.  Not even a full year has passed.  So, if we take away 31 days from November 25, 2014, it would be October 25, 2014.  Now subtract 13 from 25 for another 12.  31+12=43 days and we subtract that from 365, gives us a remainder of 322 days since that writing tip was published.

I've told you before, I'm a geek.  An old geek.  Deal with it.

Continuing on.  If we take the exact number 9891 visits and divide that by 322 days -- that gives us 30.7 visits per day as an average.


I have people visiting this particular writing tip on an average of 30 times per day.

That is awesome information.  If we just divided the number by 11 (number of passed month) is 899.1 visits per month.  Almost 900 visits to this one page per month.  SHOCK!

Several other pages had very high visitation counts and I won't bore you with the numbers except for one which I found to rather curious.  My novel, "2012: Timeline Apocalypse" has had almost 3k views.  The book was released on October 10, 2010.  Surprisingly, the last time somebody viewed that particular page was October 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM.  The novel is about the Mayan calendar's "end of time" and is a great read.  Of course, it is fantasy since the world didn't end back then.  I still believe the cartoon I saw with two Mayans working on the calendar is probably the closest to the truth.  One asked: Why'd you end it on that date?  The other replied: Because I ran out of stone and won't be around to worry about it.

I've only been tracking the page views for about two years so some of the older pages, like my "2012" novel, don't truly reflect the proper counts. In fact, several of my writing tips, at the very beginning, don't have accurate numbers, but those from 2013 are correct.

Once more I have to thank all my readers.  These numbers are an inspiration to keep me writing a weekly tip to help authors, both old and new, learn and expand their writing horizons.  Hmm?  Maybe I'll do a tip on creating a character for this week's writing tip.

Until next I ramble on...


  1. I won't lie, I started blurry there with the math, but the fact is, people are really interested in your blogs and tips - keep up what you're doing! It's obviously working.

  2. How about a blog on how to understand the data, period? I am trying to understand Keyword Canine and it just makes my eyes cross.

  3. I really don't understand the data all that well myself. Keyword Canine? Uh... Sit? Rollover? Heel? Maybe I should look that one up and see what it is all about since I have no idea. LOL.

  4. Well then! Something seems to be working! Congrats!!!