DANCE QUEENS Blog Analysis 1205 (120524)
Last January I gave you a summary of the information that I receive using Google Analytics of this blog, DANCE QUEENS ... sldancequeens.blogspot.com. Here is an update on how the blog is being used. Don't worry, I cannot determine individual use of the blog or identify any person. All of the data is available to me as summary data only.
First, the membership of DANCE QUEENS has increased just over 24% in the four months since January.
Let me give you the data for the last seven days, May 16 - 23, 2012.
Here is the summary of visits and pages viewed on the DANCE QUEENS blog:
Hmmm, I think the blog may be boring people.
The pages viewed per visit is down about 14% to 2.17 from 2.51. This tells me that there is a tendency to look only at the new things on the blog or maybe people are looking more for specific things.
Bounce rate is an indicator of whether a person opens a second page on the blog or leaves. A rate of 65% leaving may support the idea that people are using the blog more for the new content only.
Another set of data that I look at is the country of the visitors. Of course, I look at the blog a lot and my data is not included. Here are the top ten countries where people are located:
This distribution of countries is not too different from the distribution in January.
Well, it seems that the blog is becoming less useful to the SL dance community. Although there are only two data points (one week in January and one week in May), the results still do not make me happy.
I am interested in your ideas how to make the blog more useful. The March survey of DANCE QUEENS members, did not identify any major changes that are needed, but I am willing to consider major changes. Some ideas that immediately come to me are:
1. Broadening the content of the blog ... I have put about every dance subject I can think of in the blog. What has been missed?
2. Broadening the authorship of the blog ... anyone want to be a regular or occasional columnist? editor? or even the publisher?
3. Go the other direction and make the blog simply a data reference source with the dance database as the core.