Patter is about to have a little break from blogging. Not for long. Just a few days. Patter will be back in the New Year on Monday January 5th.
In the last post for 2014 it’s time to have a look back at Patter’s year.
This year I posted 124 times. With each post generally being somewhere between 800-900 words, that’s around the 100,000 word mark – or a bit more than your average scholarly monograph.
Patter had close to three quarters of a million views this year, and that number doesn’t include people who subscribe by email or RSS. Of course, many people look at more than one post when they visit the blog, and a lot are repeat visitors. However, it’s hardly a stretch to claim that the Patter blog gets a lot more readers than any of the books or journal articles I’ve written. Hardly surprising then that, like most bloggers, I argue that blogging is a great way to get your stuff and yourself out and about.
The most common referral to Patter is from search engines – 150,000 or so referrals during the year. But there were another 50,000 or so referrals which came direct from Twitter. This connection supports the view that it is the combination of activity on social media that produces readership, rather than engagement in a single platform.
The majority of Patter readers come from countries where English is widely spoken. The top ten readerships are – in descending order – in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Germany, Ireland, South Africa and Malaysia. This distribution is to be expected, but I am turning my mind to how to reach beyond the most obvious places. I am thinking about bundling up some Patter posts into themes and making them available as PDFs, something that my Nottingham colleagues in China have long been asking me to do.
The most popular posts on Patter this year have been those which have been of most direct relevance to doctoral researchers and their supervisors. These listings suggest that Patter’s readers are largely this group and reminds me that I need to be wary of straying too far and too often from their concerns/issues/interests. The most popular seven Patter posts, aside from the home page itself and people curious about who I am and what I’ve written, have been:
I can also see from the statistics available via WordPress that many Patter readers have followed up the books that I’ve discussed by following the links to publishers’ websites, google books and on online bookshops. This makes me think that maybe I could do more about reviewing books and making recommendations, although I wouldn’t want to stop answering questions and posting about the things that I think are important and/or worrying and/or just plain interesting.
So some interesting numbers and some things to think about. I do hope that Patter’s readers manage some down time over the festive season. Thank you for reading, and for commenting, and for encouraging me to keep on posting.