Happy New Year!

Greetings world, and Happy New Year!

2008 is looking to be full of all sorts of interesting stuff, especially if you're into politics at all. The campaign season gets into high gear right away with the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries just around the corner. It looks like a dead heat right now on both sides. Polls show no clear winners anywhere, so it's wide open. My predictions: Clinton will win the democratic nomination, Giuliani will edge out the republican nomination. In a race between those two, I predict Giuliani will win the November election, but by only a very small margin.

The blog is also a year old today, and who knew it would even last this long? I'd like to think I've given everyone some cools stuff to read about and discuss, and I'm looking forward to doing more of the same in 2008. If I've managed to offend people, I must be doing something right... *ducks*

For those of you interested in statistics, here's a quick breakdown of the past year for visitors, etc:

12,201 Visits
32,595 Pageviews
6,567 Absolute Unique Visitors - Which means the average unique visitor only ever visited twice.

8,542 visitors are reported from the United States, accounting for 70% of the total.
Second place went to Mexico, with 674 visitors.

6,110 visitors used Firefox, edging out a very slight majority at 50.08%
5,094 visitors used Internet Explorer, at 41.75%.
When broken down, the IE users have 3,133 using version 6.0 and 1,927 using 7.0 with the remainder using really old stuff.

10,290 visitors are using Windows, making up 84.34% of the visits.
Linux is a distant second at 1,530 visitors for 12.54%.

Screen resolutions haven't changed much, 32.25% are still hanging out at 1024x768, with 16.26% at 1280x1024. I guess the LCD revolution just isn't catching on that well. At least people are abandoning 800x600 finally with only 4.66% still using that.

The top referring site coming into the blog is images.google.com so people are apparently clicking through based on images they've found through Google. They're followed closely by people clicking through Dwip's blog. Go rabbits!

Google blows away everyone else with search engine hits that clicked through. Yahoo is a VERY distant second, with everyone else literally having single digit results for the whole year. Clearly if you're into SEO in the slightest, it'll pay off most to stick to Google results.

The top keyword hits for this year were "Mexicalifornia", "Iguanadons" ( a common mispelling of iguanodons ), and "lakota independence".
The funniest hit of them all continues to be "ugly sewer rat". I've still not figured out why that even picked me up, but it did :)
There were also a lot of random hits based on the quotes that appear at the top of the page, almost all of them single strikes.
The Oblivion images in the gallery also seem to be quite popular. Which no doubt explains the high bandwidth usage.
Not surprisingly, the top download is the PDNS-Admin package.
The most popular blog entry was Lakota Independence, which is impressive given it's only 2 weeks old!
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jan 1, 2008 3:04 pm by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
Interesting numbers, Samson. I'm not sure where I fall in all that considering I visit your site from Windows and Linux, and use Opera and Firefox to do so in both environments. When I visit in Linux I'm at 1024x768, when I visit from Windows I'm at 1440x900. I usually hit your site once a day from Linux and Windows and then just leave it open the whole day refreshing when Thunderbird (or inews) shows me there's been new posts/comments.

It's really surprising that the lakota post would be so popular not only because it's so recent, but also because it's gotten so few comments compared to some others..

In any event, welcome to 2008, may it be a year filled with health, wealth, and good fortune for you. :)

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