Ethanhein.com has had 465,689 hits so far, mostly distributed among my blogs and mp3 pages. A single blog post about Family Guy generates a disproportionately large percentage of that traffic. October 2008 represents a typical month, with 40,611 hits total. That’s around 1,310 a day, 54 an hour. A large percentage of those are from robots, but still, neato. These numbers don’t include hits on my Flickr photos. My various sets have had 228,155 views so far, with anywhere between 500 and 1,500 hits a day.
Flickr in particular breaks your data down with exceptional granularity, making it easy to assemble the images of mine that the internet cares most about. Apparently, the internet cares very much about:
- The Matrix.
- Animals doing funny humanoid things.
- Visualizations of the human genome.
- Dust mites, ants, bees and other domestic arthropods.
- Human blood.
- Barack Obama on an airplane.
- Sarah Palin’s office.
- Modern art that looks like Katamari Damachy.
- The mathematical symmetry group E8. Across the board, more math than you would think.
- The Mandelbrot set and fractals generally.
- Popular culture of Japan.
- Mixtapes by M.I.A. and Diplo.
- Visualizations of the internet and other complex emergent networks.
- Star Wars.
- My book, for which I’m flattered.
- Creative music notation.
- White people awkwardly embracing hip-hop.
- Cassettes and outdated technology generally.
- Desktop Tower Defense.
What does it all mean? Your guess is as good as mine.