Public Service Announcement

Micael Froomkin left a comment:

How nice to see my favorite under-appreciated blogger turn up at one of my favorite appreciated sites.

Now if you could only get them to spill the beans on how they implemented that anti-spam measure in the comments box?”

Like hell we are. Yes, we get mentions in Foreign Affairs and award nominations, yadayada, but we have like 800 (sitemeter defined) visits a day. And we’re one of the best damn blogs there is! That’s underappreciated.

…that’s not what I was gonna write about at all. Um. Well.

The anti-spam hack we use was written by Stefan Geens. It’s pretty easy to implement and seems to be quite effective. Instructions here. (Don’t miss the updates to the post if you want MT Blacklist or MT 3.x compatibility.)

On another note, several of you have said you miss Edward Hugh. Edward has much better things to do than blogging right now, but he thinks he’ll come back around easter.

5 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement

  1. Damn. Even the hordes of Australians I send over by linking to you haven’t made a difference!

    However, here is a specious bit of logic which may help your self respect.

    800 visits a day is not necessarily the same 800. In fact, if you ask your friends how many times they visit, they will almost certainly shuffle and say something like “once a month”.

    So, let’s assume that is true of half your readers. That is, you have 400 who come each day. Another two hundred come once a week, and the other 200 come once a month. How many readers does that make?

    400 + (200 x 7) + (200 x 30) = 7800.

    Yay!

    Unfortunately, this also means that only 14.5% of your readers are worth having and that 84.5% are hopeless dilettantes.

    But hey – they would be perfect for advertising.

    Seriously though – what are you doing wrong? This is a good blog. There are few more articulate voices anywhere in the world’s prison system.

    Just joking.

  2. Thank you for the pointer to the code.

    I agree there’s no justice as to readership levels — why I would get more a 75% higher readership than you guys is inexplicable to me unless it’s a function of volume. (But I’ll take it…)

    It’s probably a conspiracy.

  3. “On another note, several of you have said you miss Edward Hugh. Edward has much better things to do than blogging right now, but he thinks he?ll come back around easter.”
    That is good news.

  4. Well, if you don’t have a sitemeter hidden somewhere, you’re comparing apples and oranges. Different stat tools have very different definitions of visits. Awstats thinks we have a daily avg. of 2381.61 visits, Webalizer says 3285.

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