I’ve had this blog since November of 2012, about three and a half years. WordPress.com very kindly offers me a bunch of interesting statistics, and today I noticed a trend in the “Referrer” area.
There are a bunch of referrers, but the top two are always “Twitter” and “Search Engine”, like this result from May 2015:
Here are the annual statistics since the blog started:
|Year||Search Engine Referrals||Twitter Referrals|
|2015 (to date)||4056||318|
There’s about a 90% chance that you arrived here via search engine.
First, I don’t tweet out links to old stuff very often. If you followed a Twitter link to get here, it was probably new content. Old stuff is always available by search engine. I think think is the most important reason.
Second, I’m not as active this year as I have some other priorities. I’m not as well connected with the rest of the province. The blog is more intermittent.
Last, a lot of people are searching for my blog, not just “assessment in math” or some other topic. So the search engine referrals are both intentional and incidental visitors.
I find this interesting to think about, although I don’t imagine it’ll change how I do anything.