The Ergosphere
Thursday, October 27, 2005
 

Seeing what I have not seen before

The Ergosphere did not start with any kind of traffic counter.  I was not overly concerned with quantity of traffic, but with the material facts and (later) the quality of discussions that would be here.  How many people would read this?  I thought, maybe a couple of dozen.  Big deal.

Google finally tempted me one time too many, so I impulsively took up with Adsense last Sunday.  The payment has been trivial (as I expected - I may drop the ads long before racking enough money to get a check) but for the first time I have some traffic statistics.

They surprised me.  On no day this week has traffic been less than 240 page impressions per day.  Unless a lot of the page views are spiders (which I would expect Google to filter), this means there are a couple of hundred people checking The Ergosphere on a daily basis.  Only a very few comment and I get the occasional mail from someone I've never heard from before, but still... wow.

It's nice to know that there's a lecture-hall worth of you out there.  Hope you find it useful and interesting.  (With luck, I'll knock off something else from the post queue or get an impromptu entry done tonight.)

 
Comments:
That's pretty good. I only get about 70 hits on a good day.

Oh, and it's cheque, Mr. Sterling.
 
But I'm American.  If I were Australian I'd say cheque, mate.
 
I probably only get around 20 to maybe 50 tops. I did post a link to your one article about Red America and the farmer situation on my blog. So I hope I helped contribute! ;)
 
I'm not running a traffic contest here.  (Steven Den Beste quit blogging an eternity ago and he still gets 4 times as much traffic as I do!  This blog is a pipsqueak in traffic terms.  Quality, not quantity.)

While I'm all about raising consciousness and doing education, I'm not after links for their own sake.  What gratifies me is that people appear to be coming here because of the content.  What surprised me was how many people were interested (maybe as many as ten times what I would have guessed).
 
I came here a few months ago after reading a number of your good comments on Alternative Energy Blog.

I come at these issues from an Economics background, so sometimes I have problems following the more detailed scientific calculations. But I appreciate the fact that you, and your commentators for the most part, pay attention to economic factors and don't simply dismiss them as irrelevant. That is something that is lacking in much of the rest of the online discussions.

Well done.
 
What's ironic is that I have no formal education in economics.

If someone wants to point out my economic errors and omissions and direct me to tutorials, I'd love it.  I can raise my goofs to a greater level of sophistication! ;-)
 
Near as I can tell, you have not enabled a site feed for your Ergosphere blog. Is that the case? If so, I'd be interested in why not. If not, you can do so in the Settings > Site Feed tab after selecting your blog from the main Blogger dashboard immediately after logging in to Blogger.com.

Keep up the good work.

Steve
 
Check the sidebar right over the archives.
 
Well, DUH to me. I've been thinking that if a feed is available then Firefox will display a subscription button in the lower right, but I guess not. Thanks!
 
If you can tell me what I need to put in the HTML to activate that button, speak up.
 
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