As a blogger I have developed an unhealthy preoccupation with analysing readership. I don’t generally let it affect my output, but I do like looking at how people come here, where they are from, and assorted other statistical information.
One thing has stood out in recent months with regard to visitors to this blog. I am not sure if the same trend is being repeated for other blogs out there.
Since the beginning of the autumn I have noticed that a higher percentage of my readers are Irish. Based on comments alone my readership is almost exclusively Irish, but based on web stats, my Irish readership has grown – especially during office hours – from miserly low percentages like 2 or 3%, to significant portions of 20-25%. Getting later into the evening the US eastern seaboard kicks in and the huge majority of readers between about 9pm and 1am are from there.
I could put this down to a higher awareness of blogs in Ireland, or the growth in the number of Irish blogs – bloggers tend to read other people’s blogs. But I wonder is it a trend that is being seen by other Irish blogs. The visitors have certainly changed in the last 42 months.