Thursday, March 06, 2003
We're on a new server, as of the 4th of February, which gives us lots of statistics we never saw before. Let's see -- in the 24 days of February there were 174,945 users on, 4,905,906 hits. The Journal was the most popular thing on the site with 120,546 page views, although only 56,931 views were only of the journal. The tracker thing is under the impression that 24% of the people who came in are from Virginia, which I assume mostly means that 23.9% of the people are coming in from AOL. After Virginia comes California, with 6753 sessions (3.86 % of traffic) which dwindles, state by state down to Wyoming, and North Dakota with 6 sessions each. Moving out of the US (from which 44% of the readers of this site come) we have Canada (2068 sessions in Ontario versus 1 in the Yukon), and South America (which only gives us Brazil, Uraguay and Argentina, which is odd, seeing the FAQ mail that's come in from Chile and Peru). The European ranking is (in descending order) United Kingdom, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, France,Spain, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Estonia, Czech Rep.,Portugal, Croatia, Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, (and, in last place) Macedonia, Slovenia, and Slovakia with one session each. The other one session places are Pakistan, Iran, Algeria and Tunisia.

24% of you are using AOL browsers (ah, that was the Virginia people), 54% are using Internet Explorer, and only 1.7% of you are using Opera.

And someone came here through from my drawing of G. K. Chesterton's SUNDAY at which is a wonderful site I've not plugged for a year or more, where artists have drawn their favourite literary character or author. Matt Howarth's Dick. Mark Crilley's Pooh Bear. Eddie Campbell's Hemingway. Bill Sienkiewicz's Dr Seuss. Heaps of them. It's as fascinating seeing who drew what as seeing how they drew it.

I was shocked (and fascinated) by the Telegraph story you referenced. Do you feel that this heralds the end of the written word as we (i.e., people who remember a time before email) know it? It may seem extreme, but the acceptance of "thru", "lite", etc makes me fear for the future.

That'd be the one about the young lady who wrote an essay in TXT? To be honest, I have no idea what it portends, or even how accurate it was. The essay might signal the decline and fall of literacy, or it might have been written by a bright kid who was bored and wanted to try something a bit different in a routine essay.