I don’t often look at FFF’s stats. For a long time I didn’t have them turned on, cos they keep such a large amount of information that it was taking up a shed-load of space on the server. Recently, though, I had them turned back on.
A couple of things were interesting for me. Firstly, Flip Flop Flyin’ (that’s everything, including this Flip Flop Flying blog) gets a heck of a lot less visitors than it used to at its peak. That peak was when Minipops was getting loads of press, got talked about on Chris Moyles’ BBC Radio One show, and that damned quiz was doing the rounds.
It still weirds me out a bit that the quiz had such a big effect on the popularity of Minipops, especially considering that I didn’t put the quiz together, it was done without my permission or my blessing. But mainly I didn’t like it cos it was done quite badly, with lots of spelling mistakes.
The effects of the quiz were massive. It melted my server for a start. I ended up with a huge number of visitors for a week or two, about half a million a day at its peak. That felt odd, cos there I was beavering away on my little hobby which I was putting up there, knowing that some like-minded souls might enjoy it; and suddenly, every office worker with a browser on a bored Thursday afternoon was looking at what I’d done, like, “Those Minipops are cool, but what’s this Pete & Bob stuff all about, dude?”
Visiting figures leveled off for several months at about 7,000 a day. Still none too shabby. So last week – a year or so later – when I had the stats turned back on, my ego was a tiny bit bruised to see that the site now gets less than half as many visitors.
After I’d licked my wounds, it occured to me that this was a good thing. That I’m still getting around 3,000 a day is fantastic, really. The site’s found its natural level. What was most amazing, though, was which pages are getting the most visitors. I’d kinda assumed that this blog was only read by maybe 100 people or so, but apparently, 31.1% of the vistors come to the blog. That’s superb!
All the above waffle, basically, is my way of saying thank you for coming and reading this drivel every day. I appreciate it. It has been a great experience to read the comments, to have some feadback and contact with people who like what I do.
And if you’re one of those people who doesn’t ever comment, and I know from some emails that there are a few people who think the comments are a bit clique-y; well, why not say hello? It’s not meant to be a clique, and I don’t think it is.
So, y’know, say hello if you want to.
Today’s advent picture is nice, huh? It’s a fairy light version of the Brandenburger Tor on Tauentzienstrasse in the fancy shopping area of west Berlin.