There seems to be a tradition around of mentioning some blog stats at the end of the year. So herewith are the basic numbers for this humble blog in 2010:
Total hits: 44,829
That number excludes my own hits. It's real readers only.
Individual readers: 35,007
There'll be some duplication there from regular readers who use multiple IP addresses, but the true number is clearly well in excess of 34,000. Most of those people came in via external link recommendations, not, to my surprise, from google searches.
Most hits on a single day: 852
That was the post on how to use the autocorrect feature in Word, which stunned me with its popularity. Is Word really that interesting? People still hit it heavily to this day.
Average hits per day, every day, over the entire year: 123
Average unique readers per day: 96
Number of posts: 147
One every three days. I'm such a slacker.
So that's it for the stats that are Gary-specific. Now for some general technology stats that fascinated me.
Most popular incoming search engine: Google at 98%+
Next is Yahoo at 1%, then Ask. If I were the product manager for Microsoft bing, I'd slit my wrists now.
Most popular browsers: Firefox (43%), IE (23%), Chrome (15%), Safari (8%)
IE is dramatically down, but that's no surprise given the rise of excellent alternatives. I started using Chrome in 2010 once AdBlock became available for it. I'm a bit surprised Chrome adoption isn't higher.
And here comes what for me is the stunner. Most popular operating system:
For the first time in history, MacOS beats out Windows on a per-version basis. Granted the total Windows is 60% of home machines, but that is still a massive degradation. It's not hard to work out where to point the finger: Vista is the Worst Operating System Ever. I'm amazed 18% of people still use it.
25% cling to XP to avoid Vista. My guess is many of those that had to shift off XP, probably due to forced hardware replacement, obviously decided that they might as well go to the Mac to avoid Vista.
BillG used to talk about "betting the company" on each new release of Windows. With Vista, they might finally have lost. That only 18% are on Windows 7 has to be depressing my friends in Redmond. They desperately need to convert that into 60% on Windows 7, and then start clawing back the lost users.