Wish I kept track of when the first "think:lab" visitor knocked on the virtual door.
9 months ago this crazy little "think:lab" blog-ride started. Pick a monthly plan. Give it a name. Figure out the template. Type in some ideas about a university library that got rid of all of its books (seriously). Hit save. Publish.
And crickets...and not even very loud crickets.
Not sure when the first comment or email arrived, but it was at least 3 months. Then another. And another. Then a couple. But not much more at first...
And here I am today, 9 months later (an interesting metaphor can be drawn, I suppose), and in the last 24 hours, "think:lab" has had 203 unique visitors, thanks to a new little widget that I figured out how to install (hey, didn't say I was a natural at the technology side of things).
To put this in perspective, there are websites showing gold fish that get 10-fold the daily visitors than "think:lab" does. But since I do not have 203 family members that admit to knowing me, I know that at least a handful of visitors are from the 'real world' and have a choice as to whether they come back.
Granted, maybe 203 circus clowns managed to get lost and mom sent out a plea to a bridge club I didn't know she joined. Possible. [Update, following day: Brett from DeHavilland gets the grin-nod of the day for his comment on side bar. I stand corrected. Nobody that visits "think:lab" is a circus clown; quite to the contrary. I'm on a daily basis blown away by the quality of visitors -- professionally and personally. The earlier reference to 203 circus clowns was merely a playful aside about my being once a completely unknown blogger one day realizing that even one visitor was showing up. So, I stand corrected, unless of course you are in fact a professional circus clown. Then I have to re-think this entire pretzel of a thought process. Thanks, Brett!]
But its intriguing to suddenly be not only aware of raw numbers, but to also begin to get a sense of the actual 'time of day' they visit. Very unsophisticated analysis I'm beginning to do but you can easily see the 'tipping point' for a businesses who are looking for ways to guage their audiences, so to speak.
Apparently you're keeping good company if you come to "think:lab" at lunchtime or near the end of the day.
Apparently I don't do so well with the breakfast crowd. Should probably offer free egg mcmuffin coupons or free refills of joe.
And with cluster mapping (also just installed, but apparentely it needs a few days to begin registering the locations of visitors around the world), you can really begin to see the larger concentric circles of this crazy web we're all interweaving.
Not sure if it's more interesting to say 203 visitors came today or that "think:lab" is in the top 47,000 of all Technorati scanned blogs. Do you get a trophy for either?