Blog statistics

The Integration and Implementation Insights (i2Insights) blog aims to strengthen a 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 quarter we review selected statistics about the blog to determine how well we are progressing towards achieving our aims. Here we report those statistics to the end of December 2020. The next update (to end March 2021) will be published in April 2021.

Statistics are reported for:

Global coverage

Number of contributors by country

Figure 1 shows the number of people who have contributed blog posts from different countries. To end December 2020 there were 401 authors from 38 countries, although the bulk of contributions still come from a small number of countries.

Additional information: The year that a country first contributed is provided 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 183 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 December 2020: 

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 view, as blog posts can also be viewed via the home page, blog scroll or any page showing a list of posts as excerpts. To end December 2020, 17% of views were not via the unique URL but instead via the home page, any page showing a list of posts as excerpts, or (after May 2020) the blog scroll.

Change over time

Number of blog posts published

Figure 4 shows 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).

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, with a two week break from late December to early January. Very occasionally a second blog post is published in a week.

IGNORE FOR NOW With addition of stats to end March 2021, this text will become: 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 end December 2020 and Figure 4b providing statistics from January 2021 onwards.

In February 2021, two blog posts were published per week.

Number of visitors and views per month

Figure 5 shows the number of visitors to the blog 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:

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.

IGNORE FOR NOW With addition of stats to end March 2021, this text will become: Figures 5a and 5b show the number of visitors to the blog each month (red 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:

  • views of new posts ie views of posts published sometime during that month (red bar)
  • views of most popular outlier [Link] (xx bar)
  • views of other old posts ie views of posts other than the popular outlier published in previous months (green bar)
  • other views of blog posts, labelled “home page etc” (blue bar).

Figure 5a provides statistics to end December 2020 and Figure 5b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Number of views per month adjusted by number of blog posts

In Figure 6 the views of new and old posts are divided by the number of relevant blog posts:

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

IGNORE FOR NOW With addition of stats to end March 2021, this text will become: 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 end December 2020 and Figure 6b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Monthly mean of blog post views in the first three months after publication

Figure 7 shows the average views blog posts accrued over the first three months after publication, plotted against the month of publication. Although there is a lot of fluctuation from month to month, the annual mean has increased steadily: 313 (2016), 440 (2017), 475 (2018), 565 (2019).

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 views do not take into account the actual date of publication and are tallied across the month in which the blog posts were published plus the two subsequent months. The error introduced is likely to be small as most views occur in the week following publication. The mean (rather than the median) is used and the same trend is observed with the median.

IGNORE FOR NOW With addition of stats to end March 2021, this text will become: 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 end December 2020 and Figure 7b provides statistics from January 2021 onwards.

Monthly median of lifetime blog post views

Figure 8 shows 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 631 in December 2020.

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 median (rather than the mean) is used to reduce the influence of the outliers shown Figure 3.

IGNORE FOR NOW With addition of stats to end March 2021, this text will become: 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 xxx in March 2021.

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

Number of comments

Figure 9 shows the number of comments made on blog posts in each month. Most comments are made on new blog posts. There was an increase in the number of comments from 2017 onwards, with considerable fluctuation from month to month subsequently, with no obvious explanation. There is no real trend towards an increase in comments with the following annual means: 22 (2016), 48 (2017), 34 (2018), 42 (2019) and 47 (2020).

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.

IGNORE FOR NOW With addition of stats to end March 2021, this text will become: Figures 9a and 9b show the number of comments made on blog posts in each month. Most comments are made on new blog posts. There was an increase in the number of comments from 2017 onwards, with considerable fluctuation from month to month subsequently, with no obvious explanation. There is no real trend towards an increase in comments with
the following annual means: 22 (2016), 48 (2017), 34 (2018), 42 (2019) and 47 (2020).

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

Overall technical note: The statistics shown on this page are drawn from those provided by WordPress, and should be seen as indicative only, given the limitations inherent in such data collections.

GB request – email: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:37:34 +1100. Title: RE: blog stats. Below image sizing was mocked up; 15 Jan 2021. Shows a number of different image sizes.
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Dec-2020-monthly median of lifetime blog post views
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Dec-2020-monthly mean of blog post views in the first three months after publication
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Dec-2020-distribution of blog post views
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