Dang if it isn’t show your page hits Saturday

For some odd reason, there’s this flurry of numbers being confessed across Wisconsin’s blogosphere.

Now numbers, aka hits, are an odd addiction. The old CNI software used to overstate them dramatically by including every touch by the author as a valid view. I prefer to block my own use (every once in a while something from the spouse or the youngest will still show up) and count what StatCounter describes as Unique Visitors. Still, it’s fun to look at Page Loads sometimes, too. On Fairly Conservative, a Unique Visitor has a couple of Page Loads on average.

So, more about others’ true confessions. Elliot (the un-blogger) at From Where I Sit figures he has 23.4 regular readers, but admits to 18,000 visits in October. (I have no idea if he’s counting unique visits or page loads.) Letters in Bottles is looking at 7,242 and 17,657 last month. Uppity Wisconsin is looking to monetize and shared a count of 15,000 readers per month after writing for 2 1/2 years.

Fairly Conservative began with a first real post on January 14, 2008. Hits for that day? 86 unique with 223 page loads.

Friday the 5th of September the blog hit an all-time high of 25,391 page loads and 16,585 unique visitors thanks to Anne of Alaska. In October the highs were 2,316 and 1,295. Election day was 3,950 and 2,415. Friday the blog hit the skids with 1,294 and 651.

In total Fairly Conservative has seen 399,241 page loads and 202,054 unique visitors since January 14, 2008. It looks like it’s been a good year so far.

Thanks so much for reading.

PS – in other numbers I’m 3,225 words into the novel of the century. 🙂


  1. With the election over, what else is there to blog about? Besides no one reads on Saturday. 🙂

  2. But it’s crummy weather, which means hits today have nearly equaled Friday’s.

    I wrote for a couple of hours today. Interesting characters keep popping up in my little novel. It’s really more fun than I’ve had in a long time.

  3. Wilson828 says:

    See? It’s possible to be conservative, write about it and have position and engage many people without pissing everyone off all the time. A position that must have eventually of been envied by those such as Jessica McBride.

    Congratulations. Good numbers – good blog.

  4. Mister, that means a lot coming from you. Thanks.

  5. Those were unique visits, but the election made for crazy numbers.

    Typically, I’m closer to a couple thousand regular readers. With RSS feeds and the disparities between the various ways of counting visitors, it’s tough to be more accurate than that.