Monday, September 26, 2011

Episode 700 - Second Anniversary

It is a double anniversary today – my 700th post comes on the second anniversary of this blog which was started on September 26, 2009. I counted during the 600th post and discovered that if I hesitated to post on two days that these two anniversaries would coincide. I took one day off for a break and the second missed page was due to a power failure in July.

Monday is a day when just about anything could be featured and today it is fitting that we utilize the Little River Band’s “Happy Anniversary” from the LP “Diamantina Cocktail.” This was the first LRB LP that I owned and largely I purchased it on the strength of a single released in Australia, but not in the US – “Home on a Monday.” “Happy Anniversary” was not released as a single in their native land, but it was in the US where it charted at 16 in 1977.

“Happy Anniversary” was written by one of the band’s three guitarists: David Briggs. Glenn Shorrock handled the lead vocals on this as well as other songs by the band. “Happy Anniversary” was the second single release in the US from this LP – the first being “Help is on the Way,” which charted at #14.

RBTG’s 700th Post Retrospect

Like I had reported with the 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, 500th, and 600th 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 32 declared followers of the blog – up from 26 in June 2011. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers. The statistics are listed below:

Unique Visitors34,382
Times Visited39,021
Number of Pages Viewed59,657
People Visiting 200+ Times887
People Visiting 101-200 Times365
People Visiting 51-100 Times264
People Visiting 26-50 Times185
Number of Visitor Countries Represented142
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Search Engines57.68%
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Other Sites32.34%
Percentage of Visitors via Direct Access9.98%

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 600th post on June 17, 2011, the number of visitor countries increased from 133 to 142. The same countries made the Top 10 since the 200th anniversary.

Since picking up 9 new countries, we are still 3 away from having all of South America – we are missing the Guianas – French Guiana, Surinam, and Guyana. Central America is now complete. The biggest hole in the Americas remains the Caribbean. Two additional European countries, Jersey and Moldava, were added and we are still missing visitors from Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Montenegro, Sark, and Andorra.

No new areas were gained in Asia and the same states remain missing. These include the following: Brunei, North Korea, Yemen, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Timor-Leste. Some of these countries we may never reach.

Most of the gains this time around were in Africa – which remains an area that is lacking penetration.

1United States20,269
2United Kingdom3,131
9The Netherlands627

The Top Ten Pages via Direct Access

While most people (3,095) have visited the home page for “Reading Between the Grooves,” others enter distinct pages through page specific links and via search engine returns. One new page joined the list – Faces’ “Ooh La La.” The Art Reynolds Singers’ original version of “Jesus is Just Alright,” a new song to the list last time, moved from #9 to the fifth slot. 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 four were on the list at the 600th post and Mason Proffit’s “Eugene Pratt” also placed in the top 10 on the 500th post. The remaining six numbers were new.

The top two cuts are anomalies as they represent two days that had intensive viewing of the entire blog by two new visitors. These two individuals spent a great deal of time on the blog and looked at hundreds of pages during one single weekend.

RankDayDateAssociated ContentVisits
1SAT16 JUL 2011Nektar – Let it Grow625
2SUN17 JUL 2011Liberty ‘N Justice & Robert Fleischman – The Lord’s Prayer271
3SAT17 SEP 2011Emerson, Lake, & Palmer – Still . . . You Turn Me On223
4THU14 APR 2011Placebo Running Up That Hill205
5SUN27 MAR 2011Beach Boys: Our Prayer205
6SUN21 AUG 2011Lovell Sisters: One Day I Walk205
7SUN31 JUL 2011Dan Peek – Lonely People204
8SAT27 AUG 2011Split Enz – I Got You201
9SAT2 FEB 2011Mason Proffit: Eugene Pratt188
10SAT14 MAY 2011Novo Combo: Too Long Gone187

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 two of these songs are new to this chart and eight are not older than 100 posts.

RankDayDateAssociated ContentNew Visitors
1SUN31 JUL 2011Dan Peek: Lonely People 112
2SUN27 MAR 2011Beach Boys: Our Prayer108
3SAT6 AUG 2011Donovan: Riki Tiki Tavi 108
4THU9 JUN 2011Sonny Boy Williamson: Unseen Eye107
5MON5 SEP 2011Huey Lewis: Working for a Living107
5THU25 AUG 2011Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love 107
6THU1 SEP 2011A-ha: Take on Me106
7SAT27 AUG 2011Split Enz: I Got You106
8MON8 AUG 2011Justin Hayward & John Lodge: Blue Guitar106
9THU8 SEP 2011Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me)105
10FRI23 SEP 2011Grand Funk Railroad: Aimless Lady105

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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