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Thursday, August 31, 2006
New Review Posted
Broken by Mary Miller, published in Pindeldyboz, reviewed by Joseph Young
posted by Dave Clapper at 3:54 PM  0 comments

Monday, August 07, 2006
New Review Posted
Visit Home: March 2006 by Kevin Walters, published in Mississippi Review, Reviewed by Thomas White
posted by Dave Clapper at 4:00 PM  0 comments

Wednesday, August 02, 2006
A Deeper Look at July Stats
It looks like July was a really good month. I don't know how much reviews did or did not contribute to that beyond the raw numbers for the reviews, i.e., I don't know how many people came to read a review and then surfed to other parts of the site as well. Here are some numbers for July, though:

Analysis for the Month of Jul, 2006.

Total pages tracked during period: 568
Total page views recorded: 51817
The average number of views per page: 91.23

I don't know why I've never really looked at that whole section of the stats before beyond the total number of page views. It's pretty interesting. For example, I knew we had a lot of pages, but I had no idea it was anything like 568! That's a really deep site. It's also really interesting to me that on average a page gets viewed over 90 times a month. That means the average story gets viewed over a thousand times a year!

As far as raw numbers for the reviews, here's the dope:

reviews index: 274
071006 (Blood): 173
071906 (After My Nephew...): 126
072406 (Remember): 104

073106 (Disintegration) was posted too late in the day on the 31st to register much, but I assume its numbers will reflect similar average views per day. Breaking out the reviews by average per day looks like this (I'm giving each a one-day period of assuming it wasn't live, because I think most of them were posted at night of the date indicated, so didn't get a full day's worth of data for that day):

071006 (21 days): 8.2 views per day
071906 (12 days): 10.5
072406 (7 days): 14.9

So the average continued to go up, probably as more people became aware that reviews were being posted on a regular basis. And they're already getting higher averages than the overall site average, which is pretty impressive for a feature that was launched somewhat on the down-low. I'd say it's a pretty great success. :)
posted by Dave Clapper at 4:09 PM  0 comments

Top Ten Page Views for July
I'm going to follow this post up with another about the overall stats for July, because in answering a question Randall Brown had about how the reviews are doing, I took a much deeper look than usual. July's #1 and #2 look very familar, and most of the rest of the list is from the latest issue, with the exception of #9, which was published almost two years ago! I'll evangelize over and over and over again the power of online mags to put stories in the hands of readers, and this is one more example.

1. Pornography by Steve Almond (6/15/05)
2. Five Fat Men in a Hot Tub by Jeff Landon (9/15/05)
3. How the Broken Lead the Blind Until They Both Become Something Else Entirely by Matt Bell (6/15/06)
4. Prey by Myfanwy Collins (6/15/06)
5. A Foreign Woman by Roberta Allen (6/15/06)
6. Memory of Sky by Jai Clare (6/15/06)
7. See Odi Naked by Lisa K. Buchanan (6/15/06)
8. Daffodil by Kathy Fish
9. Axl Rose Is My Dog by Scott Ford (12/15/04)
10. Tough Act by Steven J. McDermott (6/15/06)

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posted by Dave Clapper at 3:12 PM  0 comments

Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Ellen Meister
Previous contributor, guest editor, staff member, and continual good friend Ellen Meister's debut novel, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA is in stores today! Patricia Parkinson interviews her about the book, and you can also read an earlier interview by SLQ here (and read her wonderful story while you're at it). More about Ellen on her web site.
posted by Dave Clapper at 4:17 PM  0 comments

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