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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.


March 11, 2005

After a week of watching MyBlogLog stats

One of the things I have bemoaned, about running any kind of website, is how inaccessible the users stats are to a non-sysadmin type. I mean what is the difference between a hit, files, pages, and visits? If you find the site on a search engine hit and visit, aren't you looking at pages that come from files? Oh and how do I get hits on terms like "�»�µ‘€�µ�½" that I have never ever used in a sentence in my entire life? So clearly more transparent stats would be a good thing for me.  Would that they were delivered personally by a software angel in a clearly understandable format that was instantly usable.  *sigh*

My ISP provides me with access to a program called CPanel. It gives me some stats I can use easily, particularly bandwidth usage. So to give me a better handle on how many people were actually visiting the site I installed a counter on the main page, it's fun to watch the numbers roll.

Well the counter gave me part of the answer, but then I got hooked on reading blogs via RSS feed and realized that neither my counter or my CPanel gave me any stats on how many people were reading the site via RSS feed. So to resolve that issue when I set-up Feedburner to count accesses to the site via RSS. Later I added the Feedburner Counter you see at the bottom of the sidebar. Of course I only did that after I edited the template as Feedburner recommends. Unfortunately that means that somehow I have two Feedburner accounts, one that shows on the counter and a second that I can only see on their site. Well I guess I could install a second counter for that account but that seems silly. When I get time I will either figure out how to combine them or I will turn that over to the designers when I get into that process.

Of course closely on the heels of the Feedburner addition, blog authors were plunged into the depths of the comment and TrackBack spam flood. So of course I was asking how many of my visitors - the term is used to include all the possible variants from hit to visit listed above - were spam bots. That was a burning question for quite a while, especially as I watched my bandwidth usage rise. I resized my main page, cut down comments, and turned off comments on most old entries and the bandwidth usage continued to climb, as it still does. I don't mind paying for real readers to access the site but I sure don't want to be pouring money down the drain so that spam bots can check out the site. Enter MyBlogLog.

MyBLogLog tells me, in almost easy to understand statistics, how many times the page has been viewed and how many readers there have been per day. Plus it tells me which links are being clicked through to off-site pages. The first two stats added to my Feedburner numbers are giving me a much better understanding of how many people are reading the site.

The information on what pages have been clicked through to off-site pages has also been interesting. Between the time I made the Feedburner changes and adding MyBlogLog, I had signed up as an Amazon Associate. I had linked to their site consistently for information about books I was discussing so it seemed like a natural extension to add their revenue stream to the links. Well one of the features of the Amazon Associates site is a click through count for links that lead to their site. Those numbers were very instructive, i.e. lots of my readers click through for the added information.

I've learned from the MyBlogLog stats that readers click on the links in the sidebar at roughly the same rate as the links in the entires. I was surprised and a bit embarrassed to find that so many people were clicking through to my webpage, a site that is not exactly abandoned but is not as well kept then it should be. It's a good thing I was planning to make a transition with that site first by moving it to the same host as this blog and by converting it to Movable Type (MT) for easy updates. I plan to make these changes later this year, after I get this site redesigned and moved to the newest version of MT.

Posted by prolurkr at March 11, 2005 08:59 AM

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