There are all sorts of different manipulations one can do to answer questions about viewership of a blog, from hits on the entire site down to the individual posts themselves.
Every once in a while, I check the stats for the total hits on the individual blog posts to see the types of posts that readers of ATM prefer. I have to say, I have been somewhat surprised by the results and so I thought I would share them with you.
As of July 6th, 2010 (hope y’all had a great July 4th weekend by the way), three months after ATM went live, the hits on the different posts are as follows:
So you might ask what’s so surprising about these numbers. Well, what isn’t a surprise is that the two top posts are the science/biology reviews about testosterone, DHT, finasteride, hair growth, hair loss and genital growth. That’s a big, collective topic of interest for trans guys. In fact, I had those posts in mind when I created this blog in the first place.
Likewise, it’s also not a big surprise that the posts about estrogen blockers and sex steroid effects on bone health are so high on the list (#4 & #5).
What does surprise me is that people are checking out “About the Author,” number 3 on the list, although now that I think about it, that should not be such a surprise, should it? I mean, people must want to know who’s doing the writing.
I guess what surprises me the most are the 6th and 7th place posts, the ones about Thomas Beatie and hugging (especially the one about hugging). I’m interested to know why those particular posts appeal to people.
What’s the take-home message from all of this? It helps me decide what types of posts to make, and from these stats, I would say that if I focus on the biology and science relating to topics that are of special interest to trans guys, I’ll be hitting the mark.
But hey, you’re the reader. What do you want to see? Are there any requests out there in cyber-land? Put them in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.
PS – Still working on the CAIS post, part 2…