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Wrap-up: 1st Quarter, 1st Year (Part II)

Last week, I shared a few observations on the first three months of the BSP. Today, because I am fascinated by data, I share a few quantitative measures. And all I ask of you in return is that you consider adding to my data by answering the question right here. 🙂

Okay, here’s the skinny:

In the first quarter of the BSP, this blog received 2, 698 views. This makes me very happy! Other than me blabbing about it to friends on Facebook and in conversation, I haven’t spent any time on promoting it at all. So thanks for spreading the word–let’s keep it going!

The busiest day was launch day — October 26, 2010 with 335 views. As one might imagine, traffic dropped precipitously as the novelty wore off. It grew each week through Thanksgiving, plummeted again through the Christmas and New Year holidays, and is now slowly rising again.

Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays receive the greatest number of average views. Makes sense, since this is when I tend to post to the blog. Fridays see the fewest views, followed closely at the bottom by Sundays.

There have been 39 posts and 56 comments to the blog. The top 10 most-viewed posts or pages have been, in this order:

  • Home Page (559 views)
  • The Tangrams: Great Name for a Band (209 views)
  • Reuse, Recycle, Redecorate (93 views)
  • The Data-Driven Scout (53 views)
  • Meet the Experts (48 views)
  • About This Scout (34 views)
  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia !(Part I) (33 views)
  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! (Part II) (33 views)
  • Growing Crystals: Kitchen Science 101 (31 views)
  • Meet the Troop Leaders (29 views)

This isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, however. The tangram post was one of the first posts on the site — it’s had time to generate a little more traffic. But I am surprised by the number of folks out there looking for info on this thing. In fact, out of the 383 times a search engine was used to find a post on this blog, a whopping 177 of them (46%) were related to tangrams. Who knew??

As of the end of the first quarter, the Facebook page has 190 people on board, so yee-haw! That’s clearly where the party is, so join the BSP there if you haven’t already.

I’ve been really lazy about enticing Twitter followers, however, with only 40 as of the end of the first quarter.  I’d also tweeted only 45 times, which isn’t a lot when you realize they’re only 140 characters. I didn’t retweet anything from anyone, and I only @mentioned other profiles three times. Lame use of the platform.

Note to self: write better Tweets, attract better Twits.

The YouTube channel is a fun little edition to this project, though. What really started as a repository for all the videos posted here is morphing into its own thing. The channel has gotten 140+ visitors, the videos have gotten 500+ views, and the top five most-viewed videos as of the end of the first quarter were:

  • Welcome to the Big Scout Project (114 views)
  • Growing Crystals: Kitchen Science 101 (91 views)
  • How to Make a Christmas Tree Door Decoration with Old Compact Discs (89 views)
  • The Tangram! (40 views)
  • Fun with Polymers! (Part 1) (36 views)

As for Flickr,  I’ve posted 12 sets of photos within four collections to represent different components of the project, and it looks like those photos were viewed 752 times in the first quarter. All I can say is I’m sorry they’re not better pictures yet! (And am buckling down to photography work starting second quarter!)

So that’s it for the first quarter quantitative analysis of the BSP.  We shall see where the trend lines take us….

And of course, all of this means that it’s time for the first meeting of the Virtual Troop Leaders. Later this month, these lovely ladies will give me a thumbs up or down on several dozen tasks . In a final 1st Quarter wrap-up post near the end of February, I’ll share those results.


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