November 11, 2012

Fourth anniversary of this blog


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By publishing a post, embellished with a picture of Fernand Chatelain's sculpture Bonjour aux promeneursthis weblog, four years ago, on november 11th 2008 began striving for a place in the blogosphere.

picture courtesy of Marcello 14 (Flickr)

In that first post I said  that the idea behind the weblog was to make better known the creations made by people like Picassiette, in and around their homes, creations I briefly denoted as "outsider environments". 

In 2008 I was mostly familiar with french sites, but knowing about some sites in other european countries, it seemed like a good idea to give my blog a european approach. So the blog was named Outsider Environments Europe.

I had noticed that visionary environments or folk art environments in the United States had their blogs and websites with general overviews and that such a web resource is not available at the european level,

So why not filling this gap, doing a blog about european treasures, writing in english to reach both an american, a european and an international audience, with a focus on inventarising and documenting these creative sites. I saw no objection, and just began.

And now, four years later, how has the blog developed in terms of reaching an international audience?

Graph of Blogger page views

Some figures

Here are some figures per date november 9, 2012 (data from blog stats):

* All time number of visitors (rounded down) 123.000, which is an all time daily average of 84 visitors.

* The number of daily visitors has grown during the years, last month counted a daily average of 215 visitors..

* All time page views by country:
   
United States          22088         17.9 %
Netherlands            19625         15.9 %
France                    15414         12.5 %
United Kingdom       11074           9.0 %
Italy                        5830           4.7 %
Germany                   5311          4.3 %
Spain                       3445           2.8 %
Finland                     2368           1.9 %
Russia                      2353           1.9 %
Belgium                    1981           1.6 %
topten                    89489          72.7 %
other                      33542          27.2 %
total                    123.031          99.9 %

This result, the US on the first place, and a variety of european countries following, is just what I had in mind when starting this blog.

The category "other" comprises a variety of countries from all over the world, all of them with a percentage below 1.6 %. The flag counter device on the home page provides a detailed break-down (however this device has been installed later, so it gives no data from start on)

What is the audience looking for? That's not so easy to answer. The Feedjit device gives some, not quantifiable indications: some people who somehow came along the blog became followers and often return to see what's new, others arrive being referred by other blogs and many arrive by entering a search term in a search engine.

Such a search term can be rather general, like "outsider art", "environments in France", "mosaic decorations", etc, but it can also explicitly indicate the name of the environment and/or its author. Here is a breakdown of this category from the blog stats:

* All time most searched posts

Robert Garcet, Ebenezer Tower1144
Willem van Genk, Arnhem bus station, 997
Chomo, Village of preludian art, 635
Bodan Litnianski, Garden of shells, 615
Facteur Cheval, Palais Idéal, 613
Elis Sinistö, Villa Mehu511
Robert Vasseur, Broken crockery house419
Filippo Bentivegna, Enchanted castle383
Ger Leegwater, Kremlin in the Netherlands, 378
Abbé Fouré, Sculpted rocks374

Outsider environments in Belgium, France, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands in the top score of visitors with explicit searches. Is that European, or what?

So far as regards quantative developments. Visitors may assess qualitative developments.

Sources that have contributed to any quality of this blog, I have acknowledged in a separate page, entitled sources/acknowledgements

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations Henk! And, for what it's worth, I've been following for about three years, and have always thought that you were doing a great job!

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  2. Congrats on your 4th Anniversary...
    I love this picture such a nice and funny...

    For you great collection of Anniversary messages

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  3. Avec un mois de retard (ordinateur en panne ...) me voici !
    BRAVO pour ce blog exceptionnel !
    Longue vie à ce blog !
    Sophie (des Grigris)

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