By Katie Leach @lagomorpha_
They say the first year of blogging is the hardest and that it gets much better after that (good news for Karen and Camilla!), but I can honestly say it has been nothing more than a pleasure editing the blog since it began nearly a year ago. As we reach our “blogaversary”, in the next couple months, and I embark on new adventures, I thought it would be great to look back on a successful year and of course include pretty graphics!
In a quick overview (as of 02/09/2015), there have been:
- 8,500 separate sessions
- 6,007 different users
- 12,231 page views
- 1.44 pages viewed per session
- And an average session duration of 1 minute and 6 seconds.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the bloggers for their excellent articles over the last year! Top of the blogging table, in terms of numbers produced is (drum roll!)…. Hannah White (@hannah_wht) with 7 articles, in second place is Dave Tosh (@DavidGTosh) with 6 articles (so close!) and in joint third place with 4 blog articles each are Kieran Higgins (@KieranHiggins16) and Dr Jim Provan. But, in terms of number of readers, the political post by Siobhán Porter (@siobhancporter) wins hands down with >800 sessions:
But if we just remove Siobhán’s for a second, you can see from the start of data collection in Google Analytics (February 2015) there has been an increase in the number of sessions from consistently around 50 on blog publication days (Wednesdays and Fridays) in the first couple months to consistently around 100 sessions at present:
To delve down into the details a bit further, the page with the highest number of unique views is the home page, followed by Siobhán’s:
- Home Page 2,528 unique views
- Our environment in NI political manifestos 1,076
- Putting wildlife in the frame 242
- The Nature of Crops 195
- A love letter to the rocky shore 185
- I am not a number, I am a free man! 171
- On criticisms of citizen science 158
- Underway 156
- I Come From A Land Down Under 155
- Do ask silly questions 153
However, if we look at the average session duration on individual pages the article that users spent most time reading was Iain Maguire’s (@IainMaguire) article on elephants followed closely by Natasha Phillips (@sunfishresearch) article on opah:
- World Elephant Day! 05:56 minutes average session duration
- Changing perceptions: The cold fish with a warm heart 05:52
- On Criticisms of Citizen Science 05:31
- Underway 04:58
- Do ask silly questions 04:58
- Cheaters never win? 04:44
- Home Page 04:15
- Fish concerts: indoors or outdoors? 04:12
- Invaders at a buffet: functional responses explained 04:01
- Putting wildlife in the frame 04:00
Across the data collection period there is shown to be a greater proportion of new visitors (70.6%), with the majority of visitors from the UK (4,890), but articles have been viewed by users from 102 countries!
The majority of our users are referred directly (by clicking on the link emailed around each week) and through social media via Facebook and Twitter:
So let’s have a look at the Twitter data in more detail! Our current follower audience is 151 and this is growing steadily. 77% of our followers are from the UK (48% from Northern Ireland), the gender ratio of followers is equal, and the main interests of our followers are science news (83%) and biology (70%).
I hope you’ve enjoyed the use of Google Analytics, Twitter Analytics and the R package ggplot2, but most importantly I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading the blog! You will be in safe hands with your new editors Camilla Bertolini (PhD researcher @CamiBe90) and Dr Karen Mooney-McAuley (Postdoctoral researcher @KarenMooney01).