Today, May 31st, despite a slow post election period in January and February the Café readership continues to grow. A total of 751 articles and 8,315 comments have been posted since October 2005. In first 5 months of 2008 the Café published 188 articles averaging 37-38 per month or 8-9 per week.
When we switched to our new look in late January by changing our blog template our number of page turns dropped. This may be due to our larger list of articles on the front page. We are not sure why page turns have gone down but, more importantly, visitation is increasing.
The Café estimates that there may be as many a 600-800 people visiting frequently or infrequently by assessing the number of different Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that are recorded by our StatCounter. However, when we changed our server to Bright Egg in late January we lost more than half a month of stats and that’s why we didn’t post the quarterly stats in April.
The other interesting finding is that our host (Bright Egg) which manages small business commercial websites was surprised by the volume of “hits” on the Café. It turns out the we are not detecting all of our visitors with our StatCounter software because some visitors have ‘masked’ IP addresses (either intentionally or unintentionally). Read the rest of this entry »