Thursday, February 24, 2011

Episode 500 - Howie Day: Collide

Well today is my 500th post on Reading Between the Grooves and while it takes a commitment to do this nearly every day, I am reassured that it is worth it when I see the stats every 100 posts. In the last two weeks, three people mentioned to me that they had discovered the blog and have learned a bit from it. I’ve had an interest in music since childhood and began to take notes on recordings even as a teenager. Twenty years of work in the radio industry has prepared me to be loquacious about great music.

Today’s TV Thursday Hit was featured in the pilot for the TV show Bones. TNT ran this very first episode about two weeks ago and Howie Day’s “Collide” was featured in the last 15 minutes of the show. It has also been featured in several other shows such as Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy. “Collide” is Day’s only certified gold single and it charted in the US at #20 on the Hot 100.

Howie Day is from Brewer, Maine – which is about 40 miles from where my grandmother was born. Incidentally, her maiden name was also Day. I often wondered if we were related as the Days of southern Maine tended to come from one colonial family. I know my ancestors go back to 18th century Maine. So there is a possibility that there is a distant relationship.

RBTG’s 500th Post Retrospect

Like I had reported with the 100th, 200th, 300th and 400th posts, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 18 declared followers of the blog; however, there are many more who have followed without declaring themselves as followers. The statistics are listed below:

Unique Visitors16,543
Times Visited19,186
Number of Pages Viewed30,179
People Visiting 200+ Times611
People Visiting 101-200 Times247
People Visiting 51-100 Times217
People Visiting 26-50 Times121
Number of Visitor Countries Represented120
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Search Engines53.12%
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Other Sites35.95%
Percentage of Visitors via Direct Access10.93%

The Top Ten Charts

As one would find in music trade magazines, I have prepared some Top Ten Charts for "Reading between the Grooves."

The Top Ten Visitor Countries

Since the 400th post on November 9, 2010, the number of visitor countries increased from 104 to 120. The same countries made the Top 10 since the 200th anniversary; however, Brazil and Italy switched slots since the 400th.

Since picking up 16 new countries, we are shy 3 from having all of South America – we are missing the Guianas – French Guiana, Surinam, and Guyana. Central America is represented by every country with the exception of Nicaragua and Panama. The biggest hole in the Americas is the Caribbean. Europe is nearly covered with the exception of Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Moldova, and Montenegro. Africa remains the continent (excluding Antarctica) that has most countries that have not visited Reading Between the Grooves.

1United States10,257
2United Kingdom1,524
9The Netherlands285

The Top Ten Pages via Direct Access

While most people (2,093) have visited the home page for “Reading Between the Grooves,” others enter distinct pages through page specific links and via search engine returns. No new pages joined the list and the only significant change was Fairport Convention’s “Matty Groves” move from 7 to 4. This particular chart is slow moving as it is cumulative – newer features on this site will have to be really popular to catch up to the total direct accesses of these ten songs.

The Top Days by Total Visits

This chart represents the days that encountered the most visits and the content that was featured on those particular days. Only three were on the list at the 400th post – ”Buffalo Springfield Again,” Elliot Murphy’s “Wild Horses,” and “The Prescription is More Cowbell.” Yesterday’s decision to include “Something in the Air” was a wise choice as it placed second on the top total visits chart.

The Top Days by New Visitors

This chart represents the days that encountered the most visits by first time visitors and the content that was featured on those particular days. All but one of these posts came within the last 100 posts. The only one remaining from the previous list is Kansas’ “Dust In The Wind” which moved from the number 1 slot to the number 10 slot. Three of the top ten came from the previous two weeks including the number 1 song which is by Laurie Lee C. – a virtual unknown, but a fantastic instrumentalist and vocalist in her own right. By the way her song was found completely by accident – ah, serendipity.

As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves.

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