Not every blogger writes to acquire a readership, but on the other hand it is undisputable that the success and the impact of a blog on its target audience can be measured -very precisely, indeed- by the number of hits it receives, or the number of people who read it.
As this blog is a deliverable of the AMVA4NewPhysics network, and we as network members we have promised to our funding agency (the European Commission) that we will use it to do outreach in Physics and Statistics, the issue is important for us. In fact we are even planning, in three years from now, to make an impact analysis and discuss its results at a conference on Science Outreach.
Seeing the readership grow is also a key to motivate the writers. As this is a collaborative effort, there are of course contributors with varying degree of enthusiasm for spending their time writing about their research activities. Knowing that what they write gets read gives them one additional reason for posting things here.
So here is some information about the number of hits of this blog, as of today. Big fluctuations are normal in a hits graph, as they reflect the publication of posts that attract more interest or get linked by high-traffic sites. But a trend can be detected clearly anyway.
Above you can see the weekly hits, for the time range starting at the end of January 2016. We seem to be in a transition phase, where from about 35 daily hits we are now at 100 per day or more. This happens in conjunction with a revamping of the blog layout, which makes the site much more aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.
In this other cool graph above you see the provenance of the readers. I always thought a more interesting graph than this one, which shows the absolute fluxes, would be one where the number of readers per country were divided by the total traffic that readers of those countries generate. But I guess it is technically complicated to do, so what we gather here is that beside the US, which has the most active readership not just in this blog but in the web in general, the readers come from Europe but also from many other countries. We are international, as Science needs to be.
Finally, on the left is a table with the number of visitors that arrived to this blog using a link from other sites is interesting. As you can see, the science20.com blog where I write (and where I have indeed posted a few links to articles here) is the main provider of traffic; but others are important too: for instance, Peter Woit’s “Not Even Wrong” weblog is a source of hits as Peter has a very large readership interested in Physics.
I hope the above data can be useful to our contributors, and motivating to post here interesting new stuff!