Blog statistics

The Integration and Implementation Insights (i2Insights) blog and repository was established to strengthen the global network of researchers who share methods, frameworks, processes, concepts, theories and competencies to better understand and act on complex societal and environmental problems.

Every three months the i2Insights team reviews selected statistics about i2Insights to assess progress towards achieving the aims. Here we report those statistics to the end of June 2022. The next update (to the end of September 2022) will be published in October 2022.

Statistics are reported for:

Global coverage

i2Insights aims to share tools for tackling complex societal and environmental problems across all countries.

Number of contributors by country

Figure 1 shows the number of people who have contributed blog posts from different countries. To the end of June 2022 there were 544 authors from 47 countries. The bulk of contributions still come from a small number of countries.

Additional information: The year in which the first contribution from a country was received is shown at: https://i2insights.org/about/#milestones.

Technical note: Each contributor is counted only once, even if they authored and/or co-authored more than one blog post. If a contributor is a first author and a co-author on different blog posts, they are counted only as a first author. If an author is affiliated with more than one country, the country of residence at time of first publishing is counted.

Number of views by country

Since the blog started there have been views from 188 of the 193 nations that are members of the United Nations (Figure 2).

Technical note: This map is provided in the statistics collected by WordPress. The darker the colour, the more views.

Popularity of posts

Distribution of blog post views

The number of views that blog posts have received over their lifetime is shown in Figure 3. There is no obvious pattern that explains why some blog posts are viewed more often than others. To end June 2022: 

  • 99 blog posts had been viewed 1,000 – 1,999 times
  • 27 blog posts had been viewed 2,000 – 2,999 times
  • 6 blog posts had been viewed 3,000 – 3,999 times
  • 1 blog post had been viewed 4,000 – 4,999 times
  • 2 blog posts had been viewed 5,000 – 5,999 times
  • 1 blog post had been viewed 6,000 – 6,999 times
  • 3 blog posts had been viewed 7,000 – 7,999 times
  • 1 blog post had been viewed 9,000 times
  • 1 blog post had been viewed more than 25,000 times
  • 1 blog post had been viewed almost 250,000 times: A guide to ontology, epistemology, and philosophical perspectives for interdisciplinary researchers by Katie Moon and Deborah Blackman.

Additional information: Some information about the most popular blog posts can be found in the annual state-of-the-blog reviews.

Technical note: These numbers are based on views via each blog post’s unique URL. These figures are underestimates of each blog post’s views, as blog posts can also be viewed via the home page, blog scroll or any page showing a list of posts as excerpts. From the beginning of January to the end of June 2022, 10% of views were not via the unique URLs but instead were via the home page, pages showing a list of posts as excerpts, or the blog scroll.

Change over time

There is a reasonably consistent schedule of publication, in line with the number of contributions submitted. A key aim is to increase visitors and views over time. Discussion between viewers and authors is encouraged through the comments section of each blog posts and another aim is to increase discussion over time.

Number of blog posts published

Figures 4a and 4b show the number of new blog posts published each month (blue bars) and the accumulated number of blog posts published in previous months (‘old’ posts; red line). Figure 4a provides statistics to the end of December 2020 and Figure 4b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Additional information: From April 2017 the number of blog posts published each month was deliberately reduced compared with earlier months. Since then there has been a regular publication schedule of one blog post per week (very occasionally two), with a two week break from late December to early January. To avoid a significant backlog of blog posts building up, two blog posts per week were published in February 2021 and again for part of August and September 2021. Publication of the Stakeholder Engagement Primer and the Understanding Diversity Primer also increased the number of blog posts in October, December 2021 and April – June 2022, respectively.

Number of visitors and views per month

Figures 5a and 5b show the number of visitors to i2Insights each month (black line), as well as the number of views of all blog posts in that month. The bar for the number of views is divided into coloured blocks as follows:

  • Red block: views of new posts ie., views of posts published sometime during that month
  • Dark green block: views of most popular old post outlier – A guide to ontology, epistemology, and philosophical perspectives for interdisciplinary researchers by Katie Moon and Deborah Blackman
  • Green block: views of other old posts ie., views of posts published in previous months other than the popular outlier
  • Blue block: other views of blog posts eg via the home page or blog scroll, labelled “home page etc”
  • Orange Block: other page views; this includes the about page, index and instructions to authors (only shown in Figure 5b).

Figure 5a provides statistics to the end of December 2020 and Figure 5b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards. (NB Figures 5a and 5b use different scales on the vertical axis.)

Although there are fluctuations, there is a trend towards an increase in the number of visitors and views over time. Further analysis is undertaken on the number of views in Figures 6, 7 and 8.

Technical note: The number of views of new posts, most popular outlier and old posts are based on views via each blog post’s unique URL. The number of views labelled “home page etc” is based on views of the home page, any page showing a list of posts as excerpts, or (after May 2020) the blog scroll. Views of individual blog posts cannot be distinguished on these pages. See also technical note attached to Figure 3. For parts of May and June 2022, the statistics collected by WordPress did not accurately count the number of visitors. The visitor numbers shown in Figure 5b for those months were calculated by dividing the number of views by the ratio of views to visitors averaged across May 2021 – April 2022, but excluding December and January.

Number of views per month adjusted by number of blog posts

Figures 6a and 6b show the views of new and old posts are divided by the number of relevant blog posts:

  • the new posts are divided by the number of new posts published in that month
  • the old posts (excluding the most popular outlier) are divided by the accumulated number of posts published in previous months (minus one).

Figure 6a provides statistics to the end of December 2020 and Figure 6b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Mean of blog post views in the first three months after publication

Figures 7a and 7b show the average views blog posts accrued over the first three months after publication, plotted against the month of publication.

Figure 7a provides statistics to the end of December 2020 and Figure 7b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Although there is a lot of fluctuation from month to month, the annual mean (of blog post views in the first 3 months after publication) has increased steadily: 313 (2016), 440 (2017), 475 (2018), 565 (2019), 612 (2020), 642 (2021). The median views are 342 (2016), 381 (2017), 440 (2018), 466 (2019), 542 (2020), 614 (2021), demonstrating the same trend of steadily increasing views.

Technical note: These numbers are based on views via each blog post’s unique URL, which (as discussed in the technical note for Figure 3) underestimates the total number of views. The scales used on the vertical axes in Figures 7a and 7b are different. In addition, the views do not take into account the actual date of publication and are tallied across all blog posts published in a particular month (plus the two subsequent months). The error introduced is likely to be small as most views occur in the week following publication. 

Monthly median of lifetime blog post views

Figures 8a and 8b show the median each month of the views blog posts had accrued over their lifetime to that date. By and large the median of the lifetime views has been increasing steadily and was 753 in June 2022.

Figure 8a provides statistics to the end of December 2020 and Figure 8b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Technical note: These numbers are based on views via each blog post’s unique URL, which (as discussed in the technical note for Figure 3) underestimates the total number of views. The scales used on the vertical axes in Figures 8a and 8b are different. The median (rather than the mean) is used to reduce the influence of the outliers (ie those blog posts with very large numbers of views) shown on the right-hand side of Figure 3.

Number of comments

Figures 9a and 9b show the number of comments made on blog posts in each month. Most comments are made on new blog posts and there is substantial fluctuation from month to month. There is a trend towards an increase in comments (with a blip in 2017) with the following annual means: 22 (2016), 48 (2017), 34 (2018), 42 (2019) 47 (2020) and 69 (2021).

Figure 9a provides statistics to the end of December 2020 and Figure 9b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Technical note: Each individual comment is counted, including responses by blog post authors to comments made and any back-and-forth discussion that may have ensued.

Overall technical note: Apart from the author statistics in Figure 1, the statistics shown on this page are based on analyses of data about views, visitors and comments provided by WordPress and should be seen as indicative only, given the limitations inherent in such data collections.

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