Six Month Anniversary and Spam Milestone
“Moving to Freedom” is six months old! I haven’t made a huge amount of progress on my goal of moving to free software, but this blog has definitely helped keep my mind on it, and I think I’m going to make it eventually.
The writing of the blog takes a lot of time that could be spent on doing free software, but I like it. Thank you, to all my loyal readers. I hope to still be here in another six months.
Some 6-month Stats, Courtesy of Google Analytics
- Unique visitors: 6,057 (daily average 34)
- Referrers: Google (35%), Free Software Magazine (27%), Direct (16%)
- Location: USA (55%), UK (9%), Canada (7%), Australia (4%), Germany (2%), India (2%)
- Top three posts: Thomas Jefferson on Ideas (598 unique views), SF short story “Picnic” (336), Ben Franklin on Patents (292)
- Browsers: Firefox (53%), Internet Explorer (37%), Safari (4%), Opera (3%)
- Operating systems: Windows (74%), GNU/Linux (19%), Mac (8%)
- Connection speed: Cable/DSL (71%), Corporate (14%), Dialup (9%)
The bulk of the Free Software Magazine traffic came over a fairly short period of time when I was writing more entries there and had a couple of articles “dugg.” Since November, Google has been sending me 53% of my visitors.
Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam
I recently reached 1000 spam caught by Akismet. I was on pace to reach 1K much earlier, but installing the “Bad Behavior” plugin back in November helped slow the influx down. It blocks about 400 access attempts per week.
Spam can be such a drain. It irks me that it works enough to make it worthwhile for lowlife scumbags.
The cartoon that goes with this post illustrates the severity of the spam problem. It has joined death and taxes as the only certain things in life. (The image is from the April 2003 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. I don’t know who owns the copyright, but I’m posting it here as fair use.)