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The underlying cause of the hockey stick graph

November 7, 2007

No, not that hockey stick graph, this one:


Thanks to a link to this post from Hobart over at, this blog has finally surpassed the 500 unique visitors per day mark. I was happily pluggin’ along between 100 and 150 per day for several weeks. It’s amazing what one link can do.

I’m not a ‘professional’ blogger, I don’t have any ads on my site, I’m not trying to sell a book, I don’t have a blog that simply links to something I wrote on another blog, I’m not planning on selling any merchandise … so I’m not too concerned with my hit count. A nerdy blog like this basically attracts other nerds; and specialized ones at that. I guess I’d rather have fewer, but more engaged and more interested readers, than multitudes of passers-by that quickly click through. So, hopefully, at least a couple people out of those 400 or so new visitors will come back again.

(hmm…looks like there’s a ‘little ice age’ from 10/20 to 10/27)


8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2007 8:11 pm

    One link from Manolo’s Shoe Blog, plus the aftershocks on a really, um, eclectic bunch of bulletin boards, has doubled my usual traffic for almost three weeks – and it’s not really slowing down. It puts the geoblogosphere in perspective.

    I was thinking of using it to talk about Omori’s law.

  2. November 7, 2007 8:14 pm

    Congrats on the exposure. Keep up the good work!

  3. November 7, 2007 8:27 pm

    yami…I saw some post about some blog that got linked to on Boing Boing and his hits went from about 50 hits/day to 50,000 or something ridiculous like that. My little increase wouldn’t even be noticeable on that scale.


  4. Trinifar permalink
    November 8, 2007 1:13 am

    And don’t forget about the secondary effects. You’re driving traffic to Trinifar too. (Thanks very much.) It’s from your “My Shared Items” section of the sidebar which has a link to “population growth gets some mainstream attention” on my blog.

    I’m fascinated by the graph theory aspects of how the blogosphere works and just happy to have discovered your blog. Having lived in the Bay Area it’s especially interesting to me.

  5. November 8, 2007 9:31 am

    Trinifar, thanks for coming by…I enjoy your blog, especially the charts/graphs you show. They are very effective at communicating what you are discussing.

    I’m sure there’s some tool or freeware out there that analyzes blogs and ingoing/outgoing links to produce a “map” of one’s own part of the blogosphere. I haven’t really looked…does anyone know of such a thing?

  6. November 8, 2007 3:04 pm

    Yeah, i’ve seen that one…and it is pretty dang cool…I think the issue is that much smaller communities like ours are likely not on there. But, I don’t know that for sure…maybe I’ll poke around a bit. Thanks for the link.

  7. November 9, 2007 3:16 pm

    People *read* your blog? What’s that like?

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