I've been somewhat frustrated with the webalizer output I've been using to review my site. It only shows the top 30 or so pages on the site, includes the search-engine's crawling in the data-set, and doesn't provide any sort of information about what things are linked together, what people are looking for, that kind of stuff. Basically I want to know what's actually proving valuable to people so I can produce more of that :) .
So, I wrote my own little log-file analyser. It's nothing particularly special, it just loads up 3 days of logs, produces aggregate (and individual page) stats for each directory and file on the site, then produces a page for each viewed page and each viewer describing who viewed the page and what each viewer looked at.
* This little blog had ~1100 unique visitors over the three days... that's more than I'd thought, I'd thought we were down around 150 still. Hi everybody!
* 97 people seem to be subscribed to the blog feeds, good peoples those subscribers!
* Half a dozen people showed up looking for rice pudding recipes Sorry peoples, suckered you into scanning a poem!
* 350 people came for the py3d collection, that makes it very high on the value/effort ratio (I did very little work on it, really)
* 115 people came for the /texts hierarchy (ranking poetry, stories, essays) considerable fraction of people coming for the texts seem to come from search engines (or other links), they come, they read (I hope), they leave. Essays may be dead last, but most of the essay content is actually on the blog, I'm guessing they'd catch up with stories if those were included (some day I may add a UI to allow interactive grouping of elements to answer questions like that, but not today)
* ~600 people came for the pictures, but only a couple of dozen of them came via the index pages, most seem to have come in from search engines
* 111 people came for the /programming stuff, about 60 of those for StarPy
Nothing earth-shattering, but it's what I've wasted much of my evening on (around a visit from Lara and Michelle, which was quite pleasant (they rearranged the furniture for us)).
I probably should have spent the time on something productive, but somehow I didn't feel like working on the real work this weekend. Tomorrow it's back to VoIP and the next stage in StarPy; making utility objects for e.g. option menus with automatic help, automatic review of options, automatic timeouts, chaining to sub-option menus, that kind of thing, and objects for handling recording of values or voice with similar review/abort/help functionality.
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