2013: The Year In Blogging

During 2013 Artifacting saw 1,530,685 absolute unique visitors to the site. While this number is larger than last year is doesn’t show the growth seen in earlier years. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2013.

2013 Visitors

The spike on July 7th came from the “Today I learned” Sub-Reddit discovering my post about Venezuela’s Never Ending Lightning Storm.

Below are the top ten most visited posts published on Artifacting in 2013.
Google Street View At Night
Every Human Being
2013 SXSW Music Torrent & Radio
Denver Has The 3rd Best Looking Flag In The Nation.
Climbing The Mercury City Tower
Museum Of Endangered Sounds
Rare Color Film Of The Three Stooges
Gravity Is A Mistake
United States Of Electoral Votes
Bruce Springsteen <–> Dolly Parton

Referring sites sent 165,029 visits from 1,469 different sources during 2013. Less than last year.

2013 Referrals

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2013 were:

Stumbleupon
Yahoo Answers
Reddit
Facebook
Squidoo
WikiHow
Just Free Stuff
Metafilter
Disneyland Fanclub
Pintrest

This year Pinterest, Wikihow, Just Free Stuff, and the now defunct Disneyland Fanclub were all newcomers to the list over the past year.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:

Year # Of Posts Avg. Length Of Posts Total Length Of All Posts Comments (Mine)
2013 30 4,889 146,682 115 (2)
2012 88 2,093 184,142 273 (7)
2011 96 3,369 323,412 304 (13)
2010 172 1,900 326,775 326 (20)
2009 105 1,828 191,907 285 (19)
2008 135 956 129,117 363 (34)
2007 248 835 207,145 568 (124)
2006 221 927 204,804 536 (122)
2005 39 1,392 54,292 295 (0)
2004 117 1,673 195,757 955 (0)
2003 144 1,473 212,112 701 (0)

If you’re interested I also have the similar year-end stat posts for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

2012: The Year In Blogging

It was a another great year for readership on Artifacting with 1,506,431 absolute unique readers coming to the blog over the year. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2012.

Absolute Unique Visitors 2012

The spike on March 17th was caused by Buzzfeed linking to my Sloth Name Generator. The spike on April 27th was caused by Metafilter linking to my Perfect Face Post. And the spikes in June were caused by Stumbleupon finding my Alternative Default Facebook Profiles (almost two years after posting them).

The top ten most visited posts published in 2012 are:

Find The Name Of Your Inner Sloth
Miss NASA Beauty Pageant
The Perfect Face
The Women Of Denver Don’t Really Look Like This
Rain Room
Hunger Games: The Most Accurate Maps Of Panem
Teahupo’o
Names And Types Of Full Moons
Top 100 Best Children’s Books
Brooke Shields And Punk Rock

Referring sites sent a smaller percentage of the total visits to Artifacting this year. In 2012 there were 261,471 referred visitors arriving from 2,097 different sources. Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2011.

Unique Visitors From Referring Sites 2012

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2012 were:

Stumbleupon
Yahoo Answers
Facebook
Metafilter
Reddit
Buzzfeed
Dark Roasted Blend
Squidoo
Twitter
Dirty

This is the first year since I’ve been tracking that Boing Boing didn’t make my top 10 referral list and the first year that Buzzfeed actually did make the list. I also think it’s interesting that Yahoo Answers has been in the top three referrers for the last four years.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:

Year # Of Posts Avg. Length Of Posts Total Length Of All Posts Comments (Mine)
2012 88 2,093 184,142 273 (7)
2011 96 3,369 323,412 304 (13)
2010 172 1,900 326,775 326 (20)
2009 105 1,828 191,907 285 (19)
2008 135 956 129,117 363 (34)
2007 248 835 207,145 568 (124)
2006 221 927 204,804 536 (122)
2005 39 1,392 54,292 295 (0)
2004 117 1,673 195,757 955 (0)
2003 144 1,473 212,112 701 (0)

If you’re interested I also have the same stats for 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

2011: The Year In Blogging

It was another great year for readership here at Artifacting. 2001 brought 1,016,006 absolute unique readers to the blog. I’ve been writing this blog for seven years so it feels great to have finally hit the 1M mark. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2011. The peak in late August came from the blog entry about the art of stealing. The dip in mid December was a result of the site getting hacked.

Absolute Unique Visitors 2011

The top ten most visited posts published in 2011:

  1. Get A Cute Nickname For Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend
  2. Rainbow Dash Attack
  3. 5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte
  4. Colorized Version Of Burning Monk Thích Quảng Đức
  5. 24 Hours Of American Hardcore Punk Songs
  6. Grantland (And ESPN Page2) RSS Feed
  7. The Gävlebocken (Gävle Goat) Has Once Again Gone Up In Flames
  8. Hewlett-Packard (Still) Knows Nothing About Personal Computers
  9. Disneyland Entry Whistle/Sound Ringtones
  10. Colfax Avenue, 1972

Referring sites sent 94,092 unique visitors to Artifacting in 2011 via 2,613 sources. That is actually a slight from 2010. Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2011:
Unique Visitors From Referring Sites

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2010 were:

  1. Facebook
  2. Stumbleupon
  3. Yahoo Answers
  4. Reddit
  5. Wikihow
  6. Metafilter
  7. The Blaze
  8. Fishing Buddy
  9. Boing Boing
  10. Twitter

Once again, not a single personal blog has made the list (this hasn’t happened since 2008). I beginning to believe personal blogs are going the way of the ghost.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:
Posts 1,278
Categories 78
Comments 7,530

If you’re interested I also have the same stats for 2010, 2009 and 2008.

Noteworthy Tumblr #1: The Artifacting Tumblr

So I decided I want to blog about the interesting and unusual tumblr blogs as I come across them. I’ll be calling this series Noteworthy Tumblr. Of course the best way to kick off this series would be with a link to my own Tumblr called Artifacting. Basically this Tumblr is just a storehouse of images that I come across on the internet that get an emotion out of me (whether it be nostalgia, fear, happiness, or just plain kick-ass-ness). Some of the more popular images I have posted lately include this one, this one, and this one.

2010: The Year In Blogging

It was a banner year for readership here at Artifacting. Readership has steadily increased over the last few years. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers which totaled 648,994 throughout 2010. That is over 3x’s more unique visitors than last year.

Absolute Unique Visitors

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2010 were:
1. Facebook
2. AOL Mail
3. Yahoo Answers
4. Yahoo Mail
5. Stumbleupon
6. Two Plus Two Poker Forums
7. Metafilter
8. Boing Boing
9. Kairn
10. Reddit

Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2010:
Referred Visitors

Below are the top ten most visited posts published in 2010:
1. Climbing A 1,768 Foot Transmission Tower
2. The Menu At Casa Bonita
3. Beginners Guide To Viewing The Perseid Meteor Shower
4. 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs
5. Definitive List Of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Part Two
6. 131 Alternative Default Facebook Profile Pictures
7. Breasts In 3-D
8. Periodic Table Of Swearing
9. Full Double Rainbow Songs
10. The Ill-Fated Gävlebocken (Gävle Goat)

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:
Posts 1,217
Categories 74
Comments 5,008

If you’re interested I also have the same stats for 2009 and 2008.

All My Friends Are Dead (And I’m So Cutting Edge)

Way back in March of 2007 I posted a link to a cartoon called “All My Friends Are Dead” by Avery Monsen & Jory John. Back then, the cartoon was posted for all to see for free on the web – the link has since been removed. However, the very funny cartoon (and well worth the link back in 2007) has recently turned into an 96 page hard cover book. Congrats guys!

Yesterday an animated gif below, consisting of a few pages from the book, became the most re-blogged thing (of all time!) on tumblr.

Code Organ

Code Organ takes the code of any website and turns it into music.

Code Organ works by choosing the key of the song based on how many times the letter designating that note appears in a web page’s source code, using a minor key if it appears an odd number of times or major if it’s even. It then picks one of ten synthesiser sounds based on which characters appear the most times in a page. Finally, the algorithm decides which drum loop to use by weighing the ratio of text characters to actual notes.

Artifacting ends up sounding like this.