This is the 1,000th posting on this web site since it opened on July 1, 2008, or roughly two posts a day, so self-indulgently, I thought I would provide some stats.
Of the 1,000 postings, 34 were personal blogs about e-learning, and there were 336 approved comments to postings.
The site averages 250 ‘hits’ a day, although over the last few months the average has been about 450 a day, with the maximum of 834 hits on November 3, although there does not seem to be a particular posting or reason associated with this. There were 12,668 hits in the month of October this year, compared with 5,529 in October, 2008. Most hits occur between Monday to Thursday, with a big drop-off over weekends. (You mean, people have a life outside work and study?!)
Apart from the Welcome page, the most popular posting is ‘Recommended graduate programs in e-learning‘, with 3,482 hits. This is particularly gratifying, as the main target for the web site is graduate students interested in e-learning. (I don’t take a commission for recommending programs, and only list those with which I am familiar, or are recommended by people I know and trust, so please don’t ask me to market a program, although I am always interested in hearing about new graduate programs on e-learning or educational technology).
Again ignoring hits on my biography and my books and papers, the next most popular postings were:
E-Learning Journals 1,025
Laptops in lectures, 1018
There are 407 subscribers to the daily RSS feed in 26 countries, and 118 ‘followers’ receive tweets (from drtonybates) when each new entry is posted.
I don’t know if this is good or bad – it just is. I am pleased though that there has been almost continuous and steady growth in the number of hits since the site opened.
Many thanks to….
Everyone who reads the posts, and especially those who comment.
Natasha Boskic for assisting with postings on virtual worlds and games, and to Lourdes Guardia for postings on e-portfolios. Burkhard Lehmann and Richard Elliott’s eLearning Newswatch are also important sources for postings.
Robert Ouimet of Bigsnit Media for technical and design support.
I also frequently aggregate news from the following online publications:
I am grateful for their excellent news-gathering and being allowed to report on their publications.
Lastly, I am always interested in new sources on e-learning, and suggestions and ideas for improving the site and making it more useful.
Now for the next 1,000 postings! But before that, I’m going for a walk