2011 Year-End Zeitgeist

I actually almost didn’t produce a year end zeitgeist because I didn’t have the time to put together all the data. However, Alex King has made it easy this year with his wp-stats code which he has kindly provided on Gist1.

So, I’ve collected the data (although less than I have in years past), crunched the numbers, and have now published the data for Andrew Ferguson dot NET 2011. As always, these stats mean practically nothing. They are fun (and at time, amusing) to look at, that’s it. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

  Posts Avg. Length Total Length Comments (Mine)
2011 51 1,594 81,294 146 (19)
2010 145 2,893 419,424 454 (112)
2009 249 2,132 530,867 537 (141)
2008 226 1,750 395,562 807 (204)
2007 326 1,335 435,267 1,023 (207)
2006 492 1,237 608,725 939 (136)
2005 763 1,189 907,495 307 (75)
2004 227 1,194 271,074 0 (0)
2003 66 653 43,130 0 (0)
2002 3 953 2,859 0 (0)

Top Ten Commenters for 2011:

  1. Kurtis
  2. Kimmi
  3. Staples
  4. amelie
  5. Shannon
  6. Aaron
  7. Ashley
  8. Ben
  9. Carly
  10. Christine

Top Ten Posts for 20112:

  1. How to Tie a Tie
  2. Using add_meta_box()
  3. Stevie Starr: The Regurgitator
  4. The Finer Points of Configuring Your Airport Express and Error 10057
  5. The Hunt for Toda Mafalda
  6. Adding User Photo to WordPress User Profile
  7. phPo Translator – Online PO Translator
  8. How to Give a 30 Day Notice
  9. And All I Ask is a Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By
  10. The Nikon D7000: 478% Better Than the D70

Top Ten Search Terms for 20113:

  1. how to tie a tie
  2. stevie starr
  3. double windsor
  4. countdown timer
  5. press pass
  6. how to do a tie
  7. boeing vs airbus
  8. tie a tie
  9. mafalda comics
  10. how to tie a double windsor knot

Bandwidth: 102.19 GB45

Page views: 177,5866 or 1,613,20678


  1. Hint: add require_once('wp-load.php'); to the beginning of the file and place it to your WordPress directory 

  2. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  3. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  4. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  5. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  6. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  7. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  8. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

Year in Cities 2010

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Roughly in order of appearance.

Seattle, Washington*
Miami, Florida
Passe Catabois, Haiti
Cap Haitian, Haiti
Boca Raton, Florida
Quilcene, Washington
Leavenworth, Washington
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Wenatchee, Washington
Broomfield, Colorado
White Salmon, Washington
Mount Baker, Washington
Gig Harbor, Washington
Hansville, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington

I added one new state, Florida, and one new country, Haiti. For comparison, here’s the list for 2009.

2010 Year End Zeitgeist

Sorry I’m a bit tardy getting this one out. However, it’s still that time of year again! I’ve collected the data, crunched the numbers, and have now published the data for Andrew Ferguson dot NET 2010. As always, these stats mean practically nothing. They are fun (and at time, amusing) to look at, that’s it. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Top Ten Search Terms for 2010

WordPress Stats Google Analytics
countdown timer countdown timer
stevie starr stevie starr
how to tie a tie andrew ferguson
how to do a tie add_meta_box
mafalda comics blockquote cite
press pass awesome things to say
andrew ferguson boeing internships
add_meta_box count down timer
blockquote cite how to do a tie
double windsor seattle accent

Top Ten Referring Sites for 2010 (by domain)1:

  1. google.com
  2. codex.wordpress.org
  3. wordpress.org
  4. images.google.com
  5. facebook.com
  6. google.de
  7. office.microsoft.com
  8. google.co.uk
  9. google.ca
  10. stumbleupon.com

Top Ten Operating Systems for 20102:

  1. Windows XP
  2. Windows 7
  3. Windows Vista
  4. Mac OSX – Snow Leopard
  5. Max OSX – Leopard
  6. Linux
  7. iPhone
  8. Max OSX – Tiger
  9. Android
  10. iPod

Top Five Web Browsers for 20103:

  1. Mozilla Firefox
  2. Internet Explorer
  3. Google Chrome
  4. Apple Safari
  5. Opera

Top Ten Posts for 20104:

  1. The Nikon D7000: 478% Better Than the D70
  2. The Holstee Manifesto
  3. Valihist: The Productivity Medicine
  4. Yet Another Voter Guide for Election 2010
  5. How Any Enginerd Can Date a Beautiful Woman
  6. Solve
  7. In Haiti
  8. If Guys Were Like Girls…
  9. Mission Trip Haiti: Business as Usual, Almost – Part 2
  10. Practical Example of Technology Advances of the Last Ten Years

Page Views for 2010:

Bandwidth: 102.92 GB56

Page views: 223,8687 or 224,0198 or 1,771,714 910

Absolute unique visitors: 154,86511

Posts: 131
Comments by me: 112
Comments not by me: 339

Top Ten Commenters for 2010:
1. Kimmi
2. Ben
2. Amelie
2. Staples
5. Auntie Wendy
6. Grandma Jo
7. Audrey
7. Bryce
7. Carly
7. Nathan Woodward
7. Liz
7. James

Pictures (and video) taken: 5504 (54.3 GB)
Photos (and video) added to Flickr: 1627

Music Interests:

Any other stats people would like to know?


  1. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  2. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  3. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  4. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  5. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  6. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  7. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  8. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  9. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  10. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  11. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

2009: Year in Cities

One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Roughly in order of appearance.

Seattle, Washington, USA*
Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
Fraser, Colorado, USA
Fairplay, Colorado, USA
Lucerne, Colorado, USA
Broomfield, Colorado, USA*
Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Moscow, Russian Federation
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Tallinn, Estonia
Kiev, Ukraine
Istanbul, Turkey
Goreme, Turkey
Kuşadası, Turkey
Samos, Greece
Paros, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Athens, Greece
Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy
Huemoz, Switzerland
Arbon, Switzerland
Vienna, Austria
Budapest, Hungary
Prague, Czech Republic
Warsaw, Poland
Krakow, Poland
Berlin, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Hansville, Washington, USA
Mount Baker, Washington, USA
Stanwood, Washington, USA

I feel I should also make note of the approximate ten nights I spent traveling by train, plane, and automobile (i.e. bus). Here is my list for 2008.

2009 Year End Zeitgeist

It’s that time of year again! I’ve collected the data, crunched the numbers, and have now published the data for Andrew Ferguson dot NET 2009. As always, these stats mean practically nothing. They are fun (and at time, amusing) to look at, that’s it. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Top ten search terms for 20091:

  1. countdown timer (0)
  2. how to tie a tie (+6)
  3. andrew ferguson (-1)
  4. blockquote cite (0)
  5. mafalda comics (NR)
  6. ben towne (NR)
  7. countdown timers (NR)
  8. 30 day notice (NR)
  9. mafalda (-2)
  10. svn tagging (NR)

Top ten web crawlers for 20092:

  1. MSNBot (0)
  2. Yahoo Slurp (0)
  3. Goooglebot (0)
  4. Ask (0)
  5. Voila (NR)
  6. Alexia (-1)
  7. The Web Archive (0)
  8. Voyager (NR)
  9. Scooter (NR)
  10. WebCollage (NR)

Top ten referring web crawlers for 20093:

  1. Google (0)
  2. Yahoo! (+1)
  3. Bing (NR)
  4. MSN (0)
  5. Windows Live (-3)
  6. AOL (0)
  7. Search (NR)
  8. Ask (-1)
  9. Altavista (0)
  10. Baidu (0)

Top ten referring sites for 20094:

  1. images.google.com
  2. office.microsoft.com
  3. wordpress.org
  4. codex.wordpress.org
  5. facebook.com
  6. google.com
  7. images.google.ca
  8. mu.wordpress.org
  9. twitter.com
  10. plasticdreams.org

Top six operating systems for 20095:

  1. Windows XP
  2. Windows Vista
  3. Mac OS X – Leopard
  4. Mac OS X – Snow Leopard
  5. Windows 7
  6. Mac OS X – Tiger

Top eight Internet browsers for 20096:

  1. Internet Explorer 7
  2. Firefox 3.0
  3. Internet Explorer 8
  4. Firefox 3.5
  5. Internet Explorer 6
  6. Safari
  7. Chrome
  8. Opera

Top ten posts for 20097:

  1. Transfer Contacts from/to Microsoft Outlook (0)
  2. Adding User Photo to WordPress User Profile (0)
  3. Using add_meta_box() (NR)
  4. How to Tie a Tie (+3)
  5. The Hunt for Toda Mafalda (+5)
  6. The Finer Points of Configuring Your Airport Express and Error 10057 (NR)
  7. How to Give a 30 Day Notice (NR)
  8. Stevie Starr: The Regurgitator (-5)
  9. Automating SVN Tagging (NR)
  10. phPo Translator – Online PO Translator (NR)

Page Views for 20098:

Bandwidth: 94.87 GB of data served910

Page views: 192,82311 or 200,86112 or 1,300,8821314

Absolute unique visits: 140,16815

Posts: 271
Comments by me: 141
Comments not by me: 344

Flickr Stats at the end of 200916:

Photos: 13,126
Videos: 78

Tagged: 9,776
Not tagged: 3,428

Geotagged: 7,266
Not Geotagged: 5,938

Other:
Emails sent: 943+

Music interests:

For comparison, see:
2008 Year End Zeitgeist


  1. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  2. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  3. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  4. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  5. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  6. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  7. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  8. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  9. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  10. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  11. as measured by WordPress.com on the andrewferguson.net blog 

  12. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  13. as measured by AWStats for the entire andrewferguson.net domain 

  14. traffic viewed, which does not include “traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes.” 

  15. as measured by Google Analytics for the andrewferguson.net blog 

  16. these are all time total numbers, not yearly totals