Sunday, 4 March 2007

The Caller

After a call from Bob Cartwright, before he was dragged of for his supper, here's some info that came up in the chat.

Blog Stats (from Google Analysis):

For the period 14 February 2007-28 February 2007

  • Visits: 998
  • Pageviews 1,504 (1,039 for the main page)
  • Returning visitors: 59.82%
  • New visitors: 40.18%
  • Countries outside the UK: 7 (see below for unreliability)
  • Average time spent on the main page: 5 minutes 54 seconds.
  • Referrers from: other bloggers: 406 (40.68%). OM: 170. Direct: 237. Search engines/other: 185.

Reliability of the figures was mentioned before, and I can see that the geographical analysis is not reliable, as I can see people appear on the map as I go through a daily view, but they do not appear on the monthly summary. Of course, if one set of figures is shown to be unreliable, can the rest be trusted? But I'm not running an ad campaign, so what the heck.

For the last few days in March, there has been 224 visits. So, over the 1,000 mark in less than a month of the site stats being available.

There's a helloes going out to Chandra in India (the first deity to drop by), Eureka in The Transvaal, Fiorito in Argentina. In Canada, Halifax (got to keep the emigre's happy), and Saskatoon. Oops, almost made the faux pas of pushing Sidney down into the USA. Map's not too clear.

In the USA: Seattle on the west coast; Milwaukee, Lansing, Lexington, Canton (sing the song), Greenway, Warwick, Syracuse, New Haven.

In the EU: Sandnes (Norway), Bleiswijk (The Netherlands), Eschweiler, Bad Camberg, Munich/Munchen, Cologne/Koln, Wolfenb├╝ttel, Berlin, Querfurt.

Japan's had a whole section to itself. And I'm still not giving out details of the 7 visits from China.


Podcasts that I have on my iPod:

  • "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Audiobook
  • AllAboutMiniatures Podcast
  • APM: A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon
  • Backpacker Trail Tours
  • Backpacking Light Magazine
  • Backpackinglight Audio Interviews
  • Civil War Tours
  • CS 61C - Spring 2007: Machine Structures
  • Digital Photography Tips From The Top Floor
  • free buddhist audio
  • IDS 110 - Spring 2007: Introduction to Computers
  • indigenouspeoples's Podcast
  • | Learn Japanese (Audio)
  • Learn To Meditate - Meditation Classes
  • net@nite
  • Photoshop TV
  • Plato - The Republic
  • Practical Backpacking™ Podcast
  • Pulse of the Planet Podcasts!
  • Security Now!
  • SETT - The Scottish Learning Festival
  • Tai Chi For Well-Being
  • The Podcast
  • The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson Podcast
  • The Outdoors Station - Audio
  • The Outdoors Station - Video
  • The Philosophy Podcast
  • the tartanpodcast
  • The WildeBeat
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - A production
  • this WEEK in LAW
  • this WEEK in TECH - MP3 Edition
  • TWiT Video
  • What's Happening In Tokyo
  • Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott


I keep forgetting that Radio Scotland has an outdoors show, called "Out of Doors", on a Saturday morning. There's a 'listen again' feature.


Walkabout/UK's written some more musings on the "UK Walking Blogging & Podcasts" scene. Here's my comment:

I tend to wimp out on negative reviews. I have sleeping bags that were good at the time, but not the best now I'm travelling lighter and with a smaller pack.

Shame I can't get down to Birmingham to see all that shiny new gear.

As to the new media, heck, look at all the things we humans can do with a sheet of paper. I look forward to seeing what we can do with this huge Internet (which deserves the capital 'I').


And just when I'm about to call it quits for the night, Cameron McNeish has a new podcast available on his blog. Walking in the Cairngorms, including where we were on the winter skills course last weekend.