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101 Reading Wendyhome

Sunday, July 13th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Google analytics reported visitor loyalty (probably unique IP addresses?) for one week in July  2008 as significantly* BIGGER  than  during one week in January  2007.

January 2007 (July 2008)  :

  • 8 (22) visitors visited between 7 and 14 times.
  • 11 (27) visited 15-25 times.
  • 11 (21) visited 26-50 times.      
  • 0   (32) visited 51-100 times.

 Up to 29 (101)  visitors (unique IP addresses)  , other than my good-self, return frequently enough for me to assume they drop-by on a daily basis.      Out of pure, unfettered, cussedness  I am also assuming that at least half of these loyal visitors are naughty, naughty, spam-bots or or other bots of an icky nature, as opposed to pleasantly pert bots.   This assumption  still leaves me  with about 50 regular, daily, visitors who may actually be people!          


* Significance in a formal  Statistical sense identified by using Excel’s t-test function for a one-tailed, independent groups t-test that lead to the rejection  of the null hypothesis, h0, p< 0.001

 h0  ‘= there are no more people reading my blog regularly in July 2008  than in January 2007’

The result is statistically very  powerful but I have  low confidence levels in it  because of the low signal-noise ratio introduced by the way the variable (a loyal blog reading person) is operationalised (unique IP address)  that introduces a lot of noise mostly  from  bots.  

Even worse than low statistical confidence is  my  inappropriate test-selection.   Inappropriate because although the data  fulfills some of the assumtions of the independent groups t-test  e.g. parametric,    it is sufficiently naughty to potentially violate other assumptions such as truely independent groups.  

In summary,   we can probably ignore the statistical significance of the numbers because of all the non-number related issues.  

Statistical escapades put aside,  I am still convinced that  the  Wendy House  has quite a few more regular readers now than in January 2007.  

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Saturday, June 14th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Watch people on CCTV cameras,   LIVE,   on the number 17 bus!

Distributed social responsibility by having lots of witnesses to any naughtiness on the buses.   Everyone knows they are being watched.

Distributed snooping,   snooping in public, taking people watching to the next level.   The bus company will have witnesses to incidents,  

Reading bus services are cutting edge,   except perhaps for the requirement to pay to ride.   Using cash and having the exact change.   How archaic is that?   Why can’t I just have my retina scanned by one of these many inplace cameras and have the money directly deducted from the bank account of my choice?

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snoopers’ network locations

Monday, October 15th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

My readers are perhaps just a bit geeky, um, like me,  because they are coming  from universities,    financial institutions  and the software computing industry.  

Google analytics tells me the Network locations of computers that have reqested page-loads from the wendyhome servers.   Often these network locations are clearly consumer internet service providers,   sometimes they are not.   Here are some of the Network locations that do not look like consumer internet services grouped by primary business type.


  • Microsoft Corp
  • Intel Corporation
  • IBM
  • Macafee Security
  • Research Machines plc
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Cisco Systems inc
  • Opera Software asa
  • Honeywell
  • Eastman Kodak Company


  • Credit Suisse group canada
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Bloomberg Financial Market
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays Capital (UK)
  • Nat West Bank group (UK)
  • First Rand Bank


  • Cornell University
  • Purdue university
  • Leeds University (UK)
  • North Carolina State university
  • University of Brighton (UK)
  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • University of Washington
  • Charles University

Local government

  • Wolverhampton city council (UK)
  • East Sussex local education authority (UK)
  • State of Arkansas
  • State of Minesota
  • State of Tennessee
  • Government of South Africa


  • the boeing company
  • lockheed martin corporation
  • Patrick Air Force Base
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Saturday, October 6th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

According to Google analyticals I have one regular reader in Tring.   Excellent,   Good show.   The internet reaches the person in  Tring  who is curious about middle-aged  English girlies  in the Seattle region.   hooray!   Who would have guessed?!        Welcome reader from Tring,   You know who you are…..     …isn’t Tring  ‘cute’?   Oh my,   I am definitely developing Anglophile tendancies…

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visitors might not be people

Friday, May 25th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

Blog statistics below courtesy of Google Analytics.   Google Analytics’ glossary defines visitors as:

A Visitor is a construct designed to come as close as possible to defining the number of actual, distinct people who visited a website. There is of course no way to know if two people are sharing a computer from the website’s perspective, but a good visitor-tracking system can come close to the actual number. The most accurate visitor-tracking systems generally employ cookies to maintain tallies of distinct visitors.

The method, heuristic, that Google Analytic employs to identify visitors is not detailed.  The Google Analytics graph of :: Wendy House ::  visitors  below covers a ‘normal’ calendar month and suggests that between April and May 23rd:

  • 600-ish visitors  were sent by  search engines.
  • 60-ish visitors return* several times per month.    Many friends and family are in this group.
  • 40-ish visitors return on a daily basis.   If this is ‘people’ what troopers you are! 🙂
  • 10-ish visitors, and me,  return twice a day.   Given that I regularly post only once per day 2 visits is a tad perplexing.
  • no-one visits between 101-200 times per calendar month,   how odd is that?   As odd as a snake wearing a beanie in a wheelbarrow race,   that’s how odd.
  • 100-ish visitors return over 200 times in one calendar month.   Super Snoopers!    Now thats just SILLY.   I don’t believe it.      I wonder what this number really suggests…

*return = becomes active after more than 30 minutes inactivity in the Wendy House.

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visitor loyalty last week

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

Visitor loyalty,   fabulous idea!

The bar-chart below from Google Analytics shows that between 24th and 30th of January:

  • 8 visitors (probably unique IP addresses?) visited between 7 and 14 times
  • 11 visited 15-25 times, and a further
  • 11 visited 26-50 times

I’m probably one person who visited 50 times 🙂

This means that I may have 29 readers (unique IP addresses)  that return frequently enough for me to guess-timate that its probably on a daily basis.   I hope this isn’t really because their browser keeps crashing when they try to open the blog….    

Of those 29 I can make a good guess about who  9 of them are… …based on both verbal and blog comments, people I’ve met…   Based on this sample of  9 people I’ll develop a “Robin the Regular Reader” persona.     I’m not assuming that these loyal visitors are the same visitors who stay for more than 10 mins when they get here.   That’s a very rash assumption.   The kind of rash that could go all red after a   good scratching…

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Blog quality guidelines (part 2): Personas (US) Personae (UK)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

In this second post of a sporadic  series on blog quality I hypothesize a classification of current blog visitors using some of the  Google Analytics  statistics for :: The Wendy House::   This is my first step in developing an intended user  ‘Persona’,   Alan Cooper style, that will be used to improve your experience.   Hoorah!  

One of the many fancy displays provided by Google Analytics shows the average length of a ‘visit’ (a ‘session’):

By default in Analytics, a session is defined as the period of time during which visitors are interacting with your site and there has been inactivity for less than 30 minutes. After 30 minutes of inactivity, any further page views will be treated as a new session. Users that leave your site and return within 30 minutes will be counted as part of the original session

I’m hypothesising that the data in the graph below from 24hrs in  :: The Wendy House ::  shows 4 types of visitor*.     I’ll call them:

  1. Pat  promptly leaves:    149 visits are less than 10 seconds.
  2. Sam the speedy  scanner:   18 visitors stayed between 10 seconds and one minute.
  3. Charlie checks content: 24 people stayed between 1 and 10 minutes.   I suspect these people acutally read enough of the Blog to make a reasonably well informed estimation about the relevance of its content to them.
  4. Robin the reader:   13 visitors stay at the Wendy house for half an hour (10) or more (3)

*one person can appear in these statistics more than once,   by re-visiting.   Approximately 10% of the total site visits are return visits.

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24hrs in the :: Wendy House ::

Friday, January 26th, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

Google analytcis provides a web site statistics service that is free to websites that receive less than an obscenely large amount of clicks.   I set it up for the Wendy house and dropped by to look at the reports 24 hours later.  

It told me all sorts of things with graphs,  pie-charts, percentages. maps  and tables.More pretty data representations than you can shake a stick at.   The data can  even  be exported to Excel.    What does a peak at this data for Yesterday tell you?:

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the new seekers

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 | tags: ,  |

I bet you can’t wait to find out ‘what are the top twenty search phrases‘ that bought new seekers to this site.   These people were here,   with you!

Top 20 wendyhome seekers search phrases

Other statistics provided by the web service provider include:

  • Distinct hosts” (computers?) “served in the last 7 days” – 262.   If we guess that my 7 friends use 3 computers in a week that still leaves 241 computers.   Maybe 1/3rd,   80 of those are  searchers and  80 are blog-summarising computers.   That still leaves about 80 computers  with strangers-to-me accessing this blog.
  • Successful requests for pages in last 7 days” – 2,859.    That’s an average of approximately 408 per day.    If we deduct the 200 times per day that I  read my blog that still leaves 208 page loads.   If my 7 friends read my blog once per day that still leaves 201 page load unaccounted for…   …wow,   for me that’s BIG!   I have no idea how blog readers influence this statistic.   I’m confident they do.

I hope the computer users with successful page loads  were happy readers 🙂  

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