Thanks to everyone who visited and commented here at R-Chart over the last year! Blogging has forced me to crystallize my thoughts and I hope others have benefited a bit from these meanderings. It it great to interact with the knowledgeable, educated and friendly folks in the R community.
I make no claims to be an expert or authority on statistics, visualization, design or any of the myriad of other topics touched on over the past year. I appreciate all who have provided encouragement, suggestions and corrections. Unlike many of you more scientifically minded types who meticulously verify all conclusions before speaking, I tend to throw ideas out in the blog and make adjustments and corrections based upon feedback. This is really one of the great values of blogging – and so again, thank you for your responsiveness. It was unexpected and very helpful.
In case you blog or are thinking of blogging, I thought you might be interested in how things have worked here at R-Chart to this point.
Make Good Titles
It was interesting to find out which items were of most interest (based upon the number of hits per page). A great deal seems to be based upon the headline to the blog – never underestimate the value of a well-constructed-sound-byte of a title. This often dictates the future of a posting. Bad title = no response. I really never gave much thought to how important it is to construct a meaningful, attention grabbing title.
Promotion of each article also took more time than I expected. Tal over at R-Bloggers really does the R community a service – bloggers who sign up have content aggregated automatically. If you want to draw additional readers you have to do a certain amount of footwork yourself. I get about 15% of total traffic to the site from search engines – which is kind of low. Most of the generic sites that I submitted the blog to didn’t send any traffic. Content that was of specific interest to a given community ended up resulting in the most traffic.
The top sites that have sent traffic this way are shown below.
habrahabr.ru 1,167 (Hi to friends in Russia for this – the highest ranking non-English site)
R is International
I was really amazed at the international response – folks from 164 countries around the world hit the blog since its inception. Germany was the top non-English site in total visits and France was also well represented.
This probably is of no surprise to many – R has been widely used in academic research and there are a relatively small number of highly specialized professionals around the world using R. It’s obvious that the web reaches everywhere – it is not obvious who will end up visiting a given site.
Interest as Indicated by Traffic
A few other numbers of note: