About Me and This Blog

I teach university courses about online journalism and the changing ways we use technologies for communication. I love seeing multimedia used well to tell journalism stories.

I started this blog in December 2005 on Blogger, with no idea whether I would want to keep doing it for long. In May 2007 I ported the blog to WordPress on my own server. Then I did a second port on June 30 and switched for good. I had 795 posts at Blogger. Those posts are now here, in the new version of the blog Teaching Online Journalism.

Feed Subscriber Data for This Blog

(From FeedBurner)

  • 1,000 subscribers — September 2007
  • 2,000 subscribers — April 2008
  • 3,000 subscribers — February 2009
  • 4,000 subscribers — September 2009

To find out more about me, see my brief bio or my home page.

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Mindy McAdams
June 30, 2011

Readership Statistics for This Blog

These stats are in chronological order. The most recent information is at the bottom.

On June 30, 2007, the old blog (at Blogger) had had 84,025 visits and 138,422 page views, according to Site Meter. It had a Technorati authority rating of 349 and was ranked 10,939 out of about 3.8 million blogs registered there. Below you can see how traffic increased in the 12-month period before I moved the blog (graph from Site Meter, July 6, 2007).

Site Meter graph for the old Tojou blog site at Blogger

If you’re wondering why traffic doubled in March 2007 — it was because of one link on Reddit.

Update (Aug. 2, 2007): For the month of July 2007, this new site (mindymcadams.com/tojou) had 6,474 visitors, according to Site Meter. The old site had 4,364 visitors in the same time period. Now, presumably the former includes many of the latter. It will be interesting to see whether this new site is up to 8,000+ a month by September. (Traffic tends to decline during the summer.)

Update (Sept. 7, 2007): Yesterday, the number of subscribers to this blog reached 1,000 for the first time, according to FeedBurner.

FeedBurner graph showing feed subscribers

Update (Oct. 27, 2007): Today, the number of visits to this blog topped 30,000 (that’s the total for four months), and the total visits for October exceeded 8,000 — this is the first 8,000+ month since I moved the blog to this new URL. Numbers from Site Meter.

Actually, the visits for October stand at 8,700. Maybe by Wednesday they will exceed 9,000. (September had 7,483.)

Update (Jan. 23, 2008): Sometime early this morning, the number of visits to this blog hit 60,000. That’s 30,000 visits in the past three months (9,787 so far in January).

Update (June 27, 2008): Sometime in the past week, the number of visits reached 120,000. Traffic has been slow in May and June, probably because I have been traveling and not posting much.

Update (July 1, 2008): Here are the visit counts for each month in the year since I moved this blog to WordPress:

Site Meter chart from July 1, 2008

Update (July 3, 2008): The number of subscribers to this blog topped 2,000 at the end of April 2008 (FeedBurner chart).

Feedburner stats, 3 July 2008

Update (Dec. 3, 2008): The number of visits to this blog topped 200,000 today (Site Meter) — July 1, 2007, to present.

Update (Feb. 24, 2009): Today, the number of subscribers to this blog reached 3,000 for the first time, according to FeedBurner. So, September 2007 = 1,000. July 2008 = 2,000 (10 months later). Now, 3,000 (7 months later).

Update (Aug. 3, 2009): The number of visits to this blog topped 300,000 sometime in late July (Site Meter). Today at 8:50 p.m. (ET) the total stands at 305,457 visits since July 1, 2007.

Update (Sept. 10, 2009): Here are the visit counts for the past year:

Site Meter chart from Sept. 7, 2009

As you can see from the previous charts (images posted above this one), I had been grabbing this screen capture in early July (in 2007 and 2008). Somehow this year I failed to do so. Yikes! However, I went back into my e-mail archives (Site Meter sends a weekly e-mail with my visits for each day broken out) and found that in the month of July 2008, I had 19,593 visits, and in the month of August 2008, I had 13,400 visits.

That means July 2008 set an all-time monthly record for visits to this blog. And why? Well, a little research in Google Analytics tells the story:

Google Analytics data from July 2008

I put up a post on July 8, 2008, titled The survival of journalism: 10 simple facts, and it was linked, commented, and tweeted a lot. I think that one post accounts for the traffic surge in July 2008. You can view a screen capture of the Google Analytics data on all content for that month.

Update (Sept. 15, 2009): Yesterday, the number of subscribers to this blog reached 4,000 for the first time, according to FeedBurner.

Update (Oct. 16, 2009): Monthly visits for September 2009 were 18,786, according to Site Meter — in spite of the enthusiastic reception for the PDF of the complete Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, posted on Sept. 6. This leaves July 2008 (19,593 visits) unchanged as the record month for visits to this blog.

Update (June 30, 2011): I often wonder whether I should give up this blog, but as long as people continue to visit it, I suppose I’ll keep it going. I post a lot less frequently than I used to — this seems to be the case for many of the blogs I used to read so avidly. Here are the visit counts for the past year:

Update (June 9, 2013): Still here. The following came from Site Metter:

Site Meter stats, June 9, 2013