Creative Destruction

February 2, 2007

Some fun statistics

Filed under: Blog Status,Content-lite,Navel Gazing,Statistical Method — Daran @ 4:12 pm

According to this post, there were 2.22 million posts and 1.3 million comments to WordPress.com blogs in January. That’s a little over 1 comment for every two posts.

Assuming the Pareto principle applies, we can infer that 1.78 million posts got just 0.26 million comments, which means that 1.52 million posts got no comments at all.

CD has 556 posts and 4946 comments according to our stats page. This gives us comment to post ratio of 8.9.

Interesting. That’s us.

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13 Comments »

  1. Well, take 129 of those posts-without-comments and assign them to my home blog.

    And another 30 of them from my posts here.

    I don’t generate a lot of discussion, seems like.

    Comment by Off Colfax — February 3, 2007 @ 3:06 am | Reply

  2. Think of it this way, OC, you’re one in a million. Well, one in 1.52 million, to be precise.

    Comment by Daran — February 3, 2007 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  3. What’s your comment to spam ratio? Mine was running 1-to-1 for the longest time, and now it’s more like 1-to-3.

    I don’t know if there’s been a spam explosion, or I’m just inching up the visibility ladder. Which is why I ask.

    Comment by S. Weasel — February 5, 2007 @ 10:24 am | Reply

  4. As of right now:

    Comments: 4,984
    Spam: 29,519

    There was a spam explosion which started around Christmas, but which has subsided noticably in the past few days.

    Comment by Daran — February 5, 2007 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  5. And still things leak through the filter. I deleted two last night, and recovered both my comment and the BNN trackback for the Amanda thread from the spampit.

    Comment by Off Colfax — February 5, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  6. Think of it this way, OC, you’re one in a million. Well, one in 1.52 million, to be precise

    And just to piss you off, my new blog, http://www.feministcritics.org/blog which still consists mainly of threads originally posted here, has 86 posts, and 1987 comments, for a comment to post ratio of 23.

    I’ll bet Amp could show us a thing or two.

    There was a spam explosion which started around Christmas, but which has subsided noticably in the past few days.

    This might have something to do with it.

    Comment by Daran — February 6, 2007 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  7. No one likes a braggart, Daran. :P

    Comment by Off Colfax — February 7, 2007 @ 3:44 am | Reply

  8. Which is one reason I’ll refrain from showing folks a thing or two. :D

    More seriously, a high comment to post ratio eventually becomes a bad thing. There are some blogs out there which get 300+ comments on nearly every post, but when you read the discussions they’re complete crap – “me first!” and “me too!” and “fuck you!” and variants repeated three hundred times over.

    Comment by Ampersand — February 7, 2007 @ 6:25 am | Reply

  9. Which is one reason I’ll refrain from showing folks a thing or two.

    Go on, be a devil. :)

    More seriously, a high comment to post ratio eventually becomes a bad thing. There are some blogs out there which get 300+ comments on nearly every post, but when you read the discussions they’re complete crap – “me first!” and “me too!” and “fuck you!” and variants repeated three hundred times over.

    In that case, comment length might proxy for their value. It only takes two words to say “fuck you”, but it might require many paragraphs to make a reasoned rebuttal.

    I presume you can access your database directly, using phpMyAdmin, or something similar? So how big is your wp_comments table? Mine is 2.6MB (less 0 overhead) divided by 2003 comments equals 1.3M per thousand comments.

    Come on, spill the beans. :)

    Comment by Daran — February 7, 2007 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  10. I’d also be interested in how much bandwidth you use. My average over the past 15 days has been 24MB/day (The site’s been up a month now, but the first couple of weeks aren’t really representative.) But it varies wildly from day to day, and also from week to week. For example, there hasn’t been a day during the past week when it’s been below 20MB, despite a major outage. The week before, it never went above 20MB.

    Comment by Daran — February 7, 2007 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  11. Hmmm… #12 on Monday’s Growing Blogs list.

    Robert must’ve did something right.

    Comment by Off Colfax — February 7, 2007 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  12. And we’re currently

    – 59th on the Top Blogs list,
    – 51st on the Growing Blogs list, all of which has nothing at all to do with Robert’s post being
    – 4th on the Top Posts list.

    (Edited to fix link borking.)

    Comment by Daran — February 8, 2007 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  13. Damn, too bad the Instalanche came at BNN instead of here.

    Comment by Robert — February 8, 2007 @ 9:45 pm | Reply


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