Comment Stats

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 12 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

TDavid over at Make You Go Hmm has been playing around with mySQL to get stats on his users comments. I also enjoy looking at pretty numbers (always being careful to remember they mean absolutely nothing), so I did some digging in my own comments database.

So here we go:
First up, total posts by year:

The blue line is all comments. The red line is all comments minus the ones from the WordPress plugin related pages, which are typically help related. While this year isn’t over yet, I highly doubt I’ll get to 2007 or even 2006 levels of comments.

Top ten commenters of all time are

  1. Andrew Ferguson (595)
  2. quinn (108)
  3. staples.jeff (107)
  4. Audrey (69)
  5. Matt Matteson (43)
  6. Peter (42)
  7. CrazyBarbour (40)
  8. laura (34)
  9. Amelie (23)
  10. Ryan “Artoo” Goodwin (19)

I was going to post the leader board for each individual year, however people changed their emails and the way they entered their names in the comment fields and I really don’t want to fix all of them to get accurate results.

I’m kind of stumped as to why 2006 was such a good year for commenting. Interestingly enough, this year has seen more comments per a post, which I think is good. Thoughts?


8 thoughts on “Comment Stats”

  1. 1) Decrease in posts every year since your freshman year… I think this kinda sums up Mines. Not only do you not have time to blog but since school is sucking up so much of your life but you have significantly fewer interesting items to blog about. Who wants to hear about thermodynamics homework? 😛

  2. 2) Increase in comments in the past few years… The things you do get to blog about are much more interesting and thought provoking. I certainly think this is the case! I’ve really enjoyed some of you latest posts.

  3. 3) Increase in comments in the past few years… Everyone and their dog has a blog now (I’m part of the trend too…) and is more involved in the blogosphere than ever. You were a pioneer, the rest of us our followers that are finally figuring out what it’s all about.

  4. 4) Increase in comments in the past few years… Sometime in early 2006 you developed a sophisticated WordPress plug-in to automatically comment on your own blog to increase traffic… I personally only know 3 out of the 10 top commentators to be real people… hmmmm…. fishy. (J/K)

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