Hopes dashed by the WordPress Dashboard

My previous Post #95, “The Open Source is a Dumpster Myth,” attracted a modicum of attention. I first made it as a
comment about an article or comment at one Linux site, and mentioned my blog in that posting. Soon thereafter the post
was noticed, in the form of a short summary posted on another, much more well-known site, NewsForge, as one of their
news feeds: http://newsvac.newsforge.com/newsvac/06/03/20/1616250.shtml .

This was the first-ever mention of one of my posts in a public forum, and I was keen to see the response. I had high

As you know I’m using WordPress (WP) to write this blog, and as an author when I log into WP I am given several options:
New Post: write a new post;

My Account: modify my account profile;

My Dashboard, which includes among its features reports on blog activity. As I recall there was a definite spurt of activity that soon — very soon — dropped off.

I just took a look at the blog stats as of today, several months after that post (I’ll discuss the reasons for the
hiatus in my blogging in a future post). The status includes a display of the activity over the last 30 days, along with
the number of total views to date, and the number of views of the Best Day Ever. Here are the current results as of
today, 17 September 2006:

Total Views, 407; Best Day Ever, 140; and the graph for the last 30 days shows an average of no views of most days,
with two views on two of those 30 days.

What is notable is that over one third of the reads of my blog to date were on just one day, soon after posting #95.

I had another brief flurry of attention. I’ll talk about that in the next post, and then on to describe some of the lessons about blogging I have learned so far.


  1. Posted September 17, 2006 at 15:06 | Permalink | Reply

    The stats issue is pretty interesting. People like me monitor your site via RSS, so while we’re not actively visiting your site, when you post something new, we’re made aware of it. So don’t feel too bad about the lack of hits. It’s a bit misleading.

  2. Posted September 18, 2006 at 15:21 | Permalink | Reply


    Thanks for the post.

    It’s good news to see someone is actually reading this stuff. I see you’re with CUNY; were you by chance at my presentation at the Grad Center near 34th St in March?

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