So Who’s Watching mBlip?
I run a few different sites, and on the backend I have a stats program running to get some idea of the viewership. I also like to be fairly transparent about it, since I’m not using these stats to track individuals or for targeted marketing purposes. Sometimes, however, the results are a little disheartening if not downright embarrassing.
At first glance, mBlip doesn’t look like it’s doing too badly. Because it grows so fast, I usually reset the site every couple of weeks. When I do, the stat counter stops working, so I have to delete and reinstall it. Basically, I can’t see any long term trends with mBlip, but what I can see bothers me more.
mBlip’s home page gets a fair bit of traffic… Mostly through server farms and China… And that’s about all it gets. No one seems interested in visiting the individual posts. The whole point of the site is to watch recently released videos, and my stat plugin is essentially telling me that no one watches the videos… except me… but I don’t count.
On the other side, Flush Twice seems to be chugging along nicely. While an uncomfortably high percentage of visitors trace back to server farms, the majority of them come from actual ISP’s (ie: Real people). Curiously, the comic gets a disproportionately higher amount of traffic. That’s awesome. Thankfully, these rants get ignored. That’s awesome too.
In the end, I suppose the visitor counts don’t really matter so long as I enjoy what I’m doing. I like a lot of the videos that mBlip collects, and I still think it’s a great way to find something interesting to watch. I also like taking care of Flush Twice. There have been over 1100 jokes individually reviewed and published. That’s kind of impressive.
So who’s watching mBlip? Me. Just me. Occasionally Google or some other search engine will randomly refer somebody to a video page, but after two years and 5 months, It’s time to concede that the concept doesn’t have any appeal to a wider audience.
Once again I want to thank George for sending in the jokes. In case you were wondering, our submission page still works. You can also do what George does and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting. It’s been my most heartfelt pleasure to provide you with a laugh or two.