Website Update Archive

Friday, April 1, 2011

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for March 2011

Top 10 ListIt's time for the monthly update to the top 10 list. But first, a quick note about a small update to a page. Prodded by a blog comment, I revisited one of the factoids on the page, Factoids Debunked & Verified, Part V. The particular factoid was "Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere." The commenter added that "it is claimed in 1909 to be the first highway mile paved with concrete." Go read that page to find out whether those factoids are true or not.

I was a bit surprised this month. My Autogyro History & Theory page had been the most popular page on my site ever since I first published it back when this site was still hosted on my college account. This month, for the first time ever, not just one, but two pages have exceeded the autogyro page in views - the blog entries, A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes and My Favorite Airplanes. It's not that the autogyro page has gotten less traffic, but that those pages are getting more.

My popular pages are actually spread pretty evenly over when I wrote them. The top 10 list this month has 3 blog entries from 2007, 1 from 2008, 3 from 2009, and 2 from 2010, along with the autogyro page. So far, nothing I've written in 2011 has made the list. Maybe I'm not writing as well anymore, or maybe it's just taking time for enough people to link to those pages to get the traffic coming in.

My total monthly traffic just keeps going up and up. I wonder if this blog finally is getting popular, or if spammers are just all of a sudden getting more prolific. Anyone else out there with a blog care to comment?

Anyway, here's the top 10 list for March:

  1. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  2. Blog - My Favorite Airplanes
  3. Autogyro History & Theory
  4. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  5. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  6. Blog - Excel 2010 - Fixing a Slow Solver, XP 64
  7. Blog - Letter to Pharmacy about MBT Shoes
  8. Blog - Response to Anti-Liberal Article by Gary Hubbell
  9. Blog - Casio EX-F1 - First Impression of the High Speed Video
  10. Blog - Book Review - Voyage of the Beagle

Friday, March 4, 2011

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for February 2011

Top 10 ListOnce again, it's time to look through the server logs. As far as total traffic, it's still increasing. I didn't have as many total hits in February as in January, but considering that February only has 28 days compared to January's 31, the average visits was a little higher.

As far as the most popular pages, one page made the list that hadn't before, and it wasn't even a new entry - Excel 2010 - Fixing a Slow Solver, XP 64. To tell the truth, I like seeing these types of entries becoming popular, knowing that I'm helping people out. The entry on Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles? is becoming increasingly popular. It's had that third place spot quite a few times now, and appears to be closing the gap on the entry on MBT Shoes. I wouldn't be surprised to see it become the second most popular page on this site (though it still has a ways to go to catch up to my autogyro essay).

As an aside, since there's no better place to put it, and since it's not worth an entry of its own, I'm still trying to write at least one substantive entry per week. These top 10 lists, not being very substantive, don't count. And I want to do more than the Friday posts for my new series, Book Review - God- or Gorilla?, because I don't want this blog to become so narrowly focused. I did manage to write something new this week, but didn't publish it until today (it will appear shortly after this post). I'll try not to do that in the future. My new goal is a substantive post early in the week, and the God or Gorilla post on Friday, to keep things spaced out a little more evenly. I'm not making any promises, though. If I have a particularly busy week at work and have to cut my lunch breaks short, then you'll just have to settle for an entry from the series.

I'll also note that, after 5 years of doing this, I've finally set up scheduled posting. The previous post was the first to be posted that way, and this post and the next are the second and third (because when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail). Hopefully it ends up being a useful feature.

Anyway, here are the top 10 pages from February:

  1. Autogyro History & Theory
  2. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  3. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  4. Blog - My Favorite Airplanes
  5. Blog - Letter to Pharmacy about MBT Shoes
  6. Blog - Ray Comfort - Still Ignorant on Evolution
  7. Blog - Excel 2010 - Fixing a Slow Solver, XP 64
  8. Blog - Casio EX-F1 - First Impression of the High Speed Video
  9. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  10. Blog - Book Review - Voyage of the Beagle

Friday, February 4, 2011

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for January 2011

Top 10 ListI've had my look through the server logs for the past month. Last month, I'd mentioned that it looked like my traffic had plateaued. Well, the total visits to my site increased roughly 10% since last month. Maybe my site has finally hit some critical mass, and it's getting forwarded and forwarded to all the countless masses who just can't wait to read my pearls of wisdom on evolution, politics, and religion. Or maybe the spammers are just getting more prolific (I had 524 junked comments in the past 24 hour).

As far as what pages were most popular, they're all pages that have made the list before. Here were the top 10 pages on this site during January:

  1. Autogyro History & Theory
  2. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  3. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  4. Blog - My Favorite Airplanes
  5. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  6. Programming
  7. Blog - Ray Comfort - Still Ignorant on Evolution
  8. Blog - Response to Anti-Liberal Article by Gary Hubbell
  9. Blog - Letter to Pharmacy about MBT Shoes
  10. Blog - The Texas Republican Platform, or Why I'm Not a Republican

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Website Update - Blogroll Changes

Parchment RollI've updated my blogroll. A few of the sites that haven't updated for a while, or that only update very irregularly, were moved to a new inactive section (I didn't want to delete them completely in case they ever start posting regularly again). These blogs include TerrapinTables, Greg Richter's Idea Dumpster, Pooflingers Anonymous, and Confessions of an Anonymous Coward.

Mostly offsetting those deletions, there are a few new blogs I've started reading regularly, so I've added them. These blogs include The Digital Cuttlefish, Dinosaur Tracking Blog, and Sandwalk.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Website Update - Top 10 Page List for December 2010

Top 10 ListFor the last time for 2010, I've had a look over the server logs. The only new addition to the list is the Book Review of the Voyage of the Beagle. It's actually a pretty old entry, and I'm not exactly sure what could have catapulted it up into the top 10 list.

The trend of my blog becoming more popular than the old static portion of this site continued - up to 8 out of the 10 entries this time. My overall traffic appears to have plateaued, being 99.9% of what it was the month before.

One of the top ten entries this month is actually a little bit depressing, the review of the Casio EX-F1. The reason it's depressing is because Casio quit making the camera, and the newer models that replace it don't shoot nearly as good of high speed video. And no other manufacturers have released cameras with comparable high speed video. So, we're now in a period where you either have to shell out big bucks for good high speed video, or buy a used camera for decent high speed video (and now that Casio doesn't make the cameras anymore, they cost more used than they used to new). I guess it means we have to be extra careful with the cameras we have now.

Anyway, here were the most popular pages on this site during December:

  1. Autogyro History & Theory
  2. Blog - A Skeptical Look at MBT Shoes
  3. Blog - My Favorite Airplanes
  4. Blog - Origin of Arabic Numerals - Was It Really for Counting Angles?
  5. Blog - Running AutoCAD R14 in XP Pro 64
  6. Blog - The Texas Republican Platform, or Why I'm Not a Republican
  7. Blog - Casio EX-F1 - First Impression of the High Speed Video
  8. Blog - Ray Comfort - Still Ignorant on Evolution
  9. Programming
  10. Blog - Book Review - Voyage of the Beagle

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