four years of blogging

February 2010 marked four years of Buffet o’ Blog.  Can you believe it?  It seems like only yesterday this was an obscure blog, trying to find its place in the blogosphere.  Speaking of yesterdays, check out this cool graph showing our monthly growth.

As the graph so poignantly illustrates, traffic is up something-eight percent, which surely puts us in the upper percentiles of blog growth.  Obviously I should be getting paid for this!  (So if you feel led to be a sponsor or to make a donation, have your people contact my people.)

Now, for some detailed statistics, for those of you who care about such things…

Total # of posts: 822
Total # of comments: 4,131
Total # of spam comments blocked: 73,461
Total # of page views: 368,604
Best day of traffic: 2,286 hits (page views) on Sept. 28, 2009

Last year at this time, we had only 161,241 page views / hits (over 3 years), so in just the last year, we’ve had 207,363 hits.  Inconceivable!  It boggles the mind.  I’m amazed that so many people have seen and perhaps read some of my ramblings.   Does this mean I’m famous?  Is my blog now officially not obscure?  I think I’m becoming a seasoned veteran at this now…  🙂

Last but not least, I’d like to thank you, the loyal reader, who makes this possible.  Without you, I’d just be rambling, but with an audience, I’m an author or something.  So thanks and stuff.   I wish I could host a crazy-huge party with unlimited nachos for all the regular readers, but since there’s no budget, there’s no money.  (If someone wants to host a party for the Buffet o’ Blog staff, we do parties!  And let me tell you — if you think the snippets of randomness you read here is something, consider that our randomness quotient increases exponentially when we’re all together.  It’s a guaranteed good time.  More fun than you could shake a stick at!)

BTW, if you’ve read all the posts here, you deserve a gold star.  You know who you are!

free blog stats, concurrent users

Last month I added an free stats package to the blog, so you can see how many people are currently on the blog.  There’s an icon in the sidebar with a number in it.  Click on the icon in the sidebar, and you go to the stats page for this blog, and it shows graphs based on how many users are here at the same time.

But wait, there’s more!  If you click in the next 30 minutes, you can also see a global map of where our users are from.  That’s pretty cool, but if you click on it, you get a larger version with more detail.  You can see that Buffet o’ Blog is popular all around the world!  🙂  Putting your mouse cursor over a star will reveal where it’s located.  There are also some other map modes you can play with.

And FYI, on the history page, it’s showing the number of concurrent users, with max and average stats.

This is for those of you who are curious about such things (like me), or for people who somehow got the false impression that this blog is obscure.  🙂