In case you haven’t noticed, we live in a world that is obsessed with statistics. STATISTICS is (and not ‘are’ while being plural, it’s treated as singular) “is the practice or science of collecting and analysis numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample.” [according to a definition from the Concise Oxford Dictionary]. For a short word, it sure is more than a mouthful in meaning. Why do we do it? In business it’s for accountability that our actions or decisions are required to justify!
© WordPress Stats | May 19 2008
The good folks at WORDPRESS who host SHIMWORLD runs a math engine called GOOGLE Analytics and churns out numbers from the massive amount of internet traffic it monitors. Information such as Referrers, Top Posts, Search Engine Terms, Clicks and Incoming Links are important and relevant statistics that I take seriously in order to be accountable for my time spent on the entire workflow from photography to post processing to writing, research and posting my articles. For instance, right this minute, I can tell you that SHIMWORLD has 198,136 total views to date with Nov 14 2007 recording the highest views of 2,087, it’s also received 2,263 comments from readers and I’ve so far made 222 posts. Phew!
On top of comments from readers that I enjoy reading, WordPress stats provide a lot of useful information that tells me if a particular post is effectively communicating to the readers the way it was intended. For instance, the article A RESORT IN THE MIST. BEYOND THE POSTCARD. was a a tourism piece and naturally was aimed at anyone who wants to know more about our rainforest that’s so well hidden not only from the rest of the world but also from folks in our own country. So today, my blog stats tells me that a reader had used Google to translate the whole post in French so naturally it puzzled me how some of the local words might have been changed. Click here to read the translated article. The reader may even be a friend of the French photographer I met on the trip who lived right next door!
Since April 27, 2008 the day the Ulu Ulu Resort post was published, 768 page views have been generated (WordPress does not record own clicks). Loosely speaking that’s 768 additional traffic who didn’t know about the Temburong resort previously. Newspaper adverts simply do not have this reach compared to the effectiveness of a blog.
As a photographer, the very nature of the business attracts much attention. As web-savvy communities go online, the distinction between forums that discuss all things photography are in abundance and in a number of languages. A recent referrer that was tracked belongs to forum called Pantip.com that has a link to my Canon Speedlite 580EX-II article.
Stats has shown me that there are many searches for help on technigical problems. I should know as I have been one of them on many occasions where my equipment began showing anomaly. The first thing I would do is consult the web for possible solutions. From time to time, I give something back to the community for the countless times that information on the web had been used positively and productively. We can literally be home-schooled and have still train the kids to respect their teacher. “GOOD MORNING, MS GOOGLE!” Just a mouse and a nice large chalk-free LCD.
The Speedlite 580EX-II Fix article has appeared in Fred Miranda more than once, DPreview.com and another popular topic involving the 20D’s problems with the battery grip has been discussed in Dchome.net (Chinese) and a number of other forums that I won’t mention.
Sometimes, when you hit the right note, things can get a little OH-MY-GOD! shocking. But perhaps I shouldn’t at all be surprised as far as showbiz is concerned. The single most popular blog post of all times is Wu Chun. Not a day goes by that the search engine doesn’t pick up some fan searching his name. If only I had a $1.00 with for click and it would have justified my time here VERY NICELY!
On a lighter side of things, a self-professed Wu Chun fan in the Philippines recently posted a comment that tops the list.
hi wu chun,i’m one of ur hottest fan,i always admire what u have doing….hope u’ll always do good job in future!!!!!!!! i always support u,as ur “NUMBER ONE FAN”…..my heart goes crazy,it goes bump-de-bump-bump!my doctor told me this has got to stop.he never heard a beat like hippety,hippety hop…when i heard a good news from my idol(WU CHUN)…keep up the good work!!!!! and don’t forget to PRAY always…WO AI NIE WU CHUN!!!!!!!!! don’t forget to visit CEBU, PHILIPPINES……