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Call it “blog”, “CMS” or whatever, as long as your WordPress site visitor stats show that it helped people

I have been asked by a colleague about the “hits” in the upper right on my website. They are the number of visits I had(not counting myself, at least not when I am logged in – like many  “bloggers”, I am likely my own best audience! Smile).

My website could be called “a blog”, since it is based on WordPress, which started as a platform for blogging (but now – being so easy and flexible, and free (though not to host)- is behind every 5th website on the planet!).

WordPress  is also the platform for the faculty blogs in CLAS-pages: If you are member of CLAS and not represented up there, I hope you know that you can request getting a CLAS-page here.

“Blog stats” is a hard-coded label that I cannot change.  If I could, I’d prefer to call it “Content Management System stats” (that’s probably why they do not allow for changes Smile).

As opposed to just “web-logging” what is going on in my daily work life, I try to organize in this CMS the little things that I discover, hoping for reuse:

  1. by other people. That’s at least my justification for blathering, and I am sticking to it.  (1125 posts? Really? Plus plus 1? Oh well… Smile).
  2. by myself. For the CMS and blogging habit (summarizing into a somewhat presentable, comprehensible form, and tagging for findability) makes me often search for answers that I have forgotten on my blog rather than on my computer (and that is despite me loving OneNote).

In my WordPress site (hosted on wordpress.com), I can see site visitor statistics like in the picture below:  Includes search terms which led to clicks on one of my posts, countries of origin, outgoing links clicked etc.

I don’t do SEO or anything similar advanced on this website, nor do I use the statistics to cater to my audience (I am sure it is almost entirely transient). For me, it is just fun how I can glean  from these statistics that I could help people find answers to their language, learning (and too often: computer infrastructure) questions and some of my work can be reused.


Heck, I decided to “blog” this email response, since it might answer the questions of a few more of colleagues than the person that emailed me.

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