Even before I first got on the Internet I began imagining having a web page to make my thinking on public issues available to the public. Shortly after seeing the ease with which links allowed for instant footnoting and indexing I knew approximately what I would put in my page. The only hurdle was learning HTML language. Well, technology raced past me and I didn't have to learn HTML. Thank goodness!
The quality I wanted to achieve early on has now been given a name, "stickiness." This is the measure of the amount of time visitors spend looking at a web page. Judging by my web's statistics I am achieving this - See the bottom of this page. While many people probably blunder into my site after using search engines my real target are people who are interested in my public record.
I've been keeping track of my page since its inception in May of 1999. The following graph shows the monthly hits to my home page only.
Monthly Report taken from the website's statistics
Each unit () represents
300 requests for pages, or part thereof.
Each unit () represents 600 requests for pages, or part thereof.
month: #reqs: pages: --------: -----: -----: Aug 2001: 18759: 12281: Sep 2001: 22620: 16934: Oct 2001: 33224: 22241: Nov 2001: 27736: 19197: Dec 2001: 29027: 20899: Jan 2002: 32743: 14240: Feb 2002: 29949: 15034: In the Month of March I shut down and reopened my site to eliminate duplicate pages which I had inadvertently uploaded over the last year. This probably accounts for the reduced visits to my site.
Each unit () represents 400 requests for pages, or part thereof.
month: #reqs: pages: --------: -----: -----: Mar 2002: 26413: 9227: Apr 2002: 26964: 11048: May 2002: 28421: 15779: Jun 2002: 15873: 7885: Jul 2002: 18639: 10174: Aug 2002: 31309: 15888: Sep 2002: 33974: 12126: Oct 2002: 38374: 13733: Nov 2002: 31613: 13546: Dec 2002: 33395: 14104:Busiest month: Oct 2001 (22,241 requests for pages).
A request is counted each time a computer asks for a file from a particular website. A single page might have twenty or more files imbedded on it so that asking for a single page would be counted as twenty requests. The statistic I pay attention to for usage of my site is requests for individual pages. For instance, while I only counted 117 requests for my "home page" for May 2001 that same month there were a total of 7458 requests for pages on my entire site. I probably have over 1,500 pages on my site so it appears that a relative few visitors looked at many pages on my site when they visited. Now that's stickiness!