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Traffic summary for 2008 December 27, 2008

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Despite the slow and steady decline in my posting rate -which you should read as a sign of my increased commitment in other activities more than anything else- I am happy with the overall results of this blog in 2008. Hit counts show a constant upward trend, which is probably more a global effect than anything else, but there are other indicators that show an increased attention of visitors to this site.

One is the number of people googling my name to come here -about 30 each day. It may look like a small number, but it signals the presence of a pool of visitors that do not usually read blogs, and do not even bother to bookmark sites, yet they come specifically to my site to read what I write.

Then, we should consider the incoming links. Technorati claims there are about 850 pointing at this site, and I wonder how meaningful that estimate is; the ranking of this blog for technorati.org is in the 40,000th-50,000th range, which is a satisfactory result for a blog discussing experimental high-energy physics, in my opinion.

Probably most meaningful to me are the signals of appreciation and consideration that come from outside. Despite my lowly status of unknown contract-researcher in HEP, through the blog I have become known to journalists, editors, conference organizers. I have been interviewed repeatedly by Nature, Physics World, Science, the NYT, the russian edition of Newsweek, New Scientist… -and we haven’t discovered the Higgs boson yet! I have been invited to radio programs, conferences, workshops. I have been offered membership of the editorial board of scientific publications. I have been asked to review grant proposals of foreign institutions. My picture has appeared in magazines. I am traveling to London fully paid next July, for a conference in Journalism!

All the above is surprising, but not overly so. It is just another facet of the power of the internet. Things start here now -this is the most concrete demonstration that the nature of the web is less and less virtual. Things start here nowadays.

Anyway, back to the subject of this post: Since January 2006, this blog has received a total of 818,000 hits, and more than half of those are from 2008 alone. Despite the launch of LHC in September, the busiest month here has been November, with over 60,000 hits.

The most-visited posts see my “Who am I” page leading with 10,436 views, followed by “CDF publishes multi-muons!” with 10,162. Good third place is the famous post “Lisa Randall: Black Holes Out of Reach of LHC” with 9554 views.

As for incoming traffic, I have to thank Peter Woit who is leading by far that ranking. In 2008 he sent here 18,714 viewers. After a few blog aggregators, the second site sending traffic here is the surprisingly good resonaances at 2111 hits, followed closely by the top cruiser cosmic variance at 2051.

Finally, to whom am I sending my readers ? I am not known for my generosity with links -I am much too lazy to link other sites, plus the shortage of time has caused a strong decrease in the time I spend reading other bloggers. In 2008 I have sent 1273 readers to Peter Woit, 1001 readers to Lubos Motl (who should thank me, since he only sent here 743😉, plus a few hundreds to other sites.

In summary, this blog is alive and kicking, and will stay so until we have understood everything that there is to know about elementary particles… Find a comfy seat, it’s going to take some time. What remains to be said is that I am grateful to all of you who come here to read what I write: without your interest I would have stopped doing this a long time ago. My best wishes for a scientifically profitful 2009!

Comments

1. Michael Schmitt - December 27, 2008

Congratulations, Tommaso! Your blog deserves the attention and recognition it receives. Despite a few stumbles, you stay on track for the noble purpose of explaining experimental particle physics in a serious but accessible way. I can well imagine that other activities are stealing away time from blogging – what will happen when results from LHC experiments begin to appear? I hope you will continue your excellent blog as best you can – few others come even close, when it comes to content.

dorigo - December 27, 2008

Hi Michael,

thank you for your continuing encouragement. Yes, the time I take to write this blog is time partly stolen from my family, and partly from my job. I allow this because I do not spend a lot of time teaching, and I consider physics outreach at the same level of importance. When we get LHC data, I am afraid the blog will end up weighing more on the family than on the ordinary work activities.

Cheers,
T.

2. Luboš Motl - December 27, 2008

Happy New Year, Tommaso, and thanks for having sent me those 1,001 idiots in exchange for those 743 cultivated, entertaining, pleasant, insightful, and lovely readers of TRF.😉

3. Tripitaka - December 27, 2008

yes Happy New Year T !
I was very happy to stumble across Quantum Diaries a couple of years ago, you always seem to make good sense (but I’m easily fooled ha)

dorigo - December 30, 2008

Ciao Tripi,

thank you, and happy new year to you too! What I write makes good sense to at least another person – myself🙂
Cheers,
T.

4. cormac - December 28, 2008

Looking forward to next year’s diary, and happy new year to you Tommaso..Regards Cormac

dorigo - December 30, 2008

happy new year to you too, Cormac

T.

5. Louise - December 30, 2008

Congratulations, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. My increased reponsibillities have also made blog posting more difficult. I appreciate all your links and supportive comments. Best wishes in 2009.


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