I’ve never ever looked at stats of my site over the years if not the bandwidth usage to check I wasn’t over the limit.
Today I noticed Dreamhost has a page with some of those stats. No idea how to read them, nor I really care.
I never wrote for popularity and I usually try to look at things and write from the critical perspective that most ignore or just plain refuse. Nonconformist, maybe, but always with a reason. I don’t build consensus around me, in fact I build dissent. Always the other perspective that is ignored or that people don’t want to hear. Fighting superficiality, because I think demagogy leads nowhere and what’s relevant is the merit of things, not their form.
I always thought my site was mostly a nest of spiders and spam bots. Google seems to like me a lot (and drives the ‘who’s online’ tab on the right, as the engine counts separately every session over a 10 minutes span). While the sporadic comments that appear should mean that what I wrote isn’t provoking many reactions, nor that I have all that many readers. On the other side my RSS feed has the full entries with the full html, so a few readers may as well never pass from here.
Anyway, if you are curious, here the stats that I gather from the hosting company.
That are kind of weird, as I stopped blogging in May 2007 and resumed more sporadically in September.
Could someone explain that, and the difference between “reqs” and “pages”?
Figures in parentheses refer to the 7-day period ending Sep 01 2008 at 2:46 AM.
Successful requests: 600,969 (122,329)
Average successful requests per day: 19,374 (17,475)
Successful requests for pages: 20,321 (3,582)
Average successful requests for pages per day: 655 (511)
Failed requests: 28,728 (769)
Redirected requests: 129 (4)
Distinct files requested: 16,154 (2,410)
Distinct hosts served: 31,139 (1,296)
Data transferred: 17.11 gigabytes (3.46 gigabytes)
Average data transferred per day: 564.82 megabytes (506.06 megabytes)
Successful requests: 26,952,758
Average successful requests per day: 21,730
Successful requests for pages: 1,258,912
Average successful requests for pages per day: 1,014
Failed requests: 2,747,368
Redirected requests: 632,606
Data transferred: 1.82 terabytes
Average data transferred per day: 1.50 gigabytes