3 Comments »Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2009 at 10:57 am by Jacob Aron
In About Just A Theory

Believe it or not, today marks six months since I started Just A Theory. I won’t lie, it has been difficult at times, but I’m really glad that I have managed to post every single day since 27th July 2008! I really feel that my writing is improving, and it’s nice to see from that stats that a fair few people check out the site every day – even if I don’t get very many comments!

More on stats in a second, but first I want to point out a new feature on Just A Theory. At the bottom of each post you will now find “Web2.0″ style sharing buttons. These will allow you to add any post you find to a variety of websites in order to share the goodness with your friends (or indeed random internet strangers) and hopefully drive a bit more traffic to the site. A few posts have already been added to StumbleUpon by someone, with some success, so I thought I might as well make it easier to do. If your favourite content sharer isn’t represented below, just let me know and I can add it.

In further Web2.0-ness, I am now on Twitter. After a lecture on the use of services like Twitter in science reporting, I thought I’d try it out. You can follow my activities here, though I can’t guarantee that I will write anything interesting there! So far my most interesting “tweet” has been this video of a goat. Perhaps Twitter can be used for grander things, but unfortunately I am yet to discover them.

On to the stats. Being a maths geek at heart I do love me some numbers, and so have all sorts of WordPress plugins that allow me to keep track of various things on the site. Here are the most interesting nuggets:

Posts: 185
Comments: 64
Total word count: 77,977
Average word count per post: 414
Total page views: 5,148. Interestingly, almost half of these occurred in January alone.
Average page views per day: 20 in 2008, 83 in 2009.
Most popular post: Waiting for sex – a “formula” story with a difference, with 356 page views. I attribute the popularity to a combination of being posted on Research Blogging, the RSS feed of which has recently been syndicated on the ever-popular ScienceBlogs, and of course the use of the word “sex”.

So there you have it. The stats seem to indicate that the site is growing, which is nice to see, and I hope that the next six months will be as good as the last. As always, if you have any suggestions for improvements to the site, or ideas on what you would like to see me write about, just leave a comment.


  1. 3 Comments

  2. I want a bar chart of pageviews per week/month please! And are your sharey things really meant to be vertical?

    By Lottie on Tuesday 27 January, 2009 at 12:14 pm

  3. A bar chart might be possible, I’ll look into it. As for the share icons, they are horizontal for me…send me a screenshot?

    By Jacob Aron on Tuesday 27 January, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  4. I’m on 1878 for 57 posts. Which pro-rata to your 185 is 6227. Good trick eh mate? Not that this is a competition ;-)

    Seriously though, pretty close one way or the other. I’ve not done the detail. sure – it really helps when a post lands in some big-shot (or even little shot) site.

    By Tim Jones on Tuesday 27 January, 2009 at 11:23 pm

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