sarahkeenihan

Day 100. A tale of two audiences

In November 2012 on November 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm

A century of blog posts!

Today marks the 100th consecutive day I’ve posted under the Science for Life.365 banner.

Officially starting on August 13 2012 (National Science Week), each day I create a wordpress post, and market it via a 140-character message (#science365) using my twitter handle @sciencesarah. I replicate the blog post in the Facebook community page of the same name, and often but not always share this content using my personal Facebook profile.

This means the blog has 2 broad audiences.

Here are the top 5 posts (number of views) from each of the hosting sites:

WordPress

  1. Day 34. Nature as art
  2. Day 54. Fibonacci (guest post by Dr Hannah Brown)
  3. Day 31. 3-minute thesis
  4. Day 95. Sperm
  5. Day 22. Sugar

Facebook

  1. Day 71. Pharmacies
  2. Day 69. Histamines
  3. Day 68. Asparagus
  4. Day 66. Cancer
  5. Day 64. Family

It’s interesting to consider the differences in the audiences viewing the two hosting sites.

The most popular wordpress posts are those with a true scientific bent, and which presumably have attracted views from my twitter followers and as a result of retweets. Incidentally, here are the twitter posts I sent out which relate to these most popular posts:

  1. Day 34 of Science for Life.365: Nature as art. Should I destroy a book to furnish my walls?
  2. Day 64 of Science for Life.365: Fibonacci. In which @DrScienceLover gets fired up over an Italian
  3. Day 31 of Science for Life.365: 3-minute thesis. A winning tale of prostitution and plastic surgery
  4. Day 95 of Science for Life.365: Sperm. Discussing the ejaculate does not come easy
  5. Day 22 of Science for Life.365: Sugar. It’s not a drug and you don’t need rehab

Obviously sex and drugs sell to a science-interested audience as much as any other!  In addition, 42 other wordpress users follow the blog, and would contribute to these numbers.

The popular Facebook posts almost all have a very personal bent, relating to family and relatively emotive issues. Interestingly, in contrast to the popular wordpress posts – the timing of which is quite varied – the popular Facebook posts fall in a block between days 64-71. Perhaps this reflects my frame of mind during this period, but it’s also worth noting that these numbers are consistent with the recent move of Facebook to only reveal posts to those followers who have recently shown an interest. In other words, perhaps this spike is merely a reflection of Facebook behind-the-scenes manipulations. Overall, the Facebook page currently has 109 ‘likes’.

Thank-you all for your interest over the past 100 days, and I look forward to writing more about the science in and of my life over the next 2/3 of a year.

[image thanks to carlos.a.martinez on flickr]

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  1. Congrats on the 100 not out!

  2. […] It’s been so interesting to keep an eye on what has tickled the fancies of readers. Over the course of a year of blogging, the two audiences have maintained slightly differing interests (see prior discussion of this point at Day 100. A tale of two audiences). […]

  3. […] I’ve presented analysis of the differing interests of the two audiences in the past: at the 100-day mark of the first year, and at day 360, as the 1-year anniversary approached. Over phase 1 of the blog, WordPress […]

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