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now I usually enjoy inflating my ego, being told my blog is important sure is flattering but watching EgyptianSandMonkey taught me a bit of humility, if I let my ego run free I'm bound to get delusional.
so in the interest of painting a realistic picture I decided to analyze my webbrowser logs. I usually don't do that, I only look at performance metrics but I had to know how popular is manalaa.
I used a couple of loganalysis tools, did not like the way they work and decided to count on my own, if anyone is interested in knowing what analog and webalizer had to say about it just ask.
impressive isn't it? if I was an impostor I'd run around screaming HALF A MILLION HITS PER MONTH but we all know that while is factually correct is misleading, lets take a closer look
thats quite large overhead when you think of it around a third of the hits. note though that I'm too lazy to avoid overlap, for instance some of the hits on the logo might be by bots and so are counted twice.
the Aggregator had 26962 visits last month.
note that one does not need to visit the aggregator pages, most people are probably using the sidebars which appear on all pages.
so it is anyone's guess how popular the aggregator really is (maybe other bloggers can tell us how many hits they get referred from manalaa.net).
now that's not much, and average of 471 visits to the front page per day, keep in mind alot of them are just here to check the aggregator and not to check manalaa.net.
but it's not bad either specially when you consider that We don't update this blog daily.
the RSS number is significant though, considering that very few Egyptians know about RSS and RSS aggregator, but then again being part of the FOSS community means I deal with tech savvy people.
most of the media files I serve are on the files/ subdirectory, more than half the hits (and most of the bandwidth) is due to images.
direct links to these three files where mass distributed by email, they probably had higher visibility since many posted copies instead of links.
this is the true measure of the popularity of the blog, how many people bother to read the full text and check the comments.
so is that the number AVERAGE OF 1042 READERS EVERY DAY
well thats still not accurate, how many repeat readers who just came back to check comments? how many arrived via google while looking for something else (the lack of properly encoded arabic websites gives manalaa very high ranking), for instance the weird post about the Linux sicko (الشباب المصري و الجنو لينوكس و التهتهة) is one of the most popular posts just because it has the word سكس.
drupal claims only half of those who visited the sayeda protest advert where unique readers the rest where repeat visitors.
I would say according to drupal statistics that on average a post on this blog gets 1000 unique readers, thats a big rise before the 25th of may it used to be 200 directly after black wednesday it became 400, when this blog was used to advertise political events it became 800, when I started distributing the URL on leaflets it became 1000
so did I answer the question?
not really, I would love to take a look at wa7da masrya's logs and at misrdigital and maybe one of the popular but not particularly political bloggers.
finally there is the question of influence, obviously my blog is being read by many activists and journalists, I like to think blogs in general where influential in attracting more young people to the protests.
might analyze May's logs, but I don't think I'll do the whole exercise again, I'll probably just trust analog next time.