I waited a day to write-up a one year anniversary article because the defensive backs are really more important at this point.
But last June 23rd I wrote the first of many POV articles and since have gained a solid and strong readership who is not hesitant to add, inform, criticize and praise all of the work done on here.
And when I say all of the work I consider you commenters to be the mainstay of that. I have always considered my role as the writer one of putting info and opinions out so that Pitt fans could have a forum for detailed discussions.
All I have really asked in return for that is that the discussions remain civil (they have) and that we respect each other’s opinions and that we have done also. I feel that, biased position aside, we have by far the best and most in-depth discussion of Pitt football of any forum in the media. That includes the papers, media subscription sites, message boards, Facebook and the recruiting sites.
Those are all fun places to visit – but if you want some really detailed an in-depth articles and the detailed and conversant discussions generated by those articles then you are in the right place.
And the numbers prove it. I won’t go into specific readership counts but it is much, much higher than I imagined and way more diverse globally than I would have thought.
So for your info here are some interesting facts about the Pitt POV blog in its initial year.
In the last 365 days we have written 320 articles or 6.15 articles per week. That includes podcasts and the Roundtable Call-in pieces.
In response to those articles we have had 27,629 comments written by the readers. That comes out to an average of 86 comments per article. In my research that is a huge amount more than our next contender which is the Pitt Blather. Actually there are a bunch more comments on Facebook but I don’t count those. That equals out to 2,302 comments per month.
From June 23rd, 2016 until Dec 31st, 2016 we had 16,981 comments – so you can see that you guys are more loquacious when actual football stuff is happening like the fall camp and games. So far in 2017 when all we have had is spring practice and recruiting we have had 10,648. It will jump up again in August.
What I think is most interesting is that most ‘clicks‘, which are people clicking on our embedded links to see other content, go to; Pittsburgh Sports Now, Pitt Blather, Pittsburgh Panthers (University of Pittsburgh Athletic dept.) ESPN and Trib Live.
Our most “hits” or where readers come from are The Pitt Blather and Facebook – which I think is funny because I get more written criticism on Facebook than I do on here by far. Apparently those complainers are in the minority over there by a large margin.
In all that time and out of those 27,629 comments posted (a few hundred more were spam that was caught by WordPress and not counted) I have trashed only three (3!) in the full year.
I told you I was going to let you have your say and I have done so. However, I edit as I see fit – especially with the swearing – but I just can’t bring myself to stop a good point or two about Pitt football from being posted because the comment wasn’t proofread.
The ones I trashed were so full of crap and they were just too off the wall and didn’t mean anything. Other blogs run by individuals have both censored posts and banned commenters – I have done neither and that is a direct reflection of you all and your quality thoughts of mind.
Speaking of posters our Top Five are: wwb, Ike, Tossing Thabeets, rkb and Notrocketscience. I’m up there also but don’t count.
We have 690 “Followers” – readers who automatically get a newly posted article sent to them via email. I actually think this number is higher but can’t figure out what WordPress is trying to tell me about this issue.
September is the month with most traffic and June has been the month with the least – that makes sense.
The most popular day for readership is Tuesday with 12:00 pm being the most popular hour. That is due to my intent to get articles up for you to read before your lunch hours at work.
We have repetitive readers in 33 countries with seven countries having more that 100 dedicated readers. We have had comments from 11 different countries.
Alas, only one reader in Iran but he logs on pretty often. This is why I continually remind you all that what you write isn’t read just by other commenters but by Pitt fans, and sports fans, all over the country and the world.
I took a rather large sampling of my articles and it appears they average around 1,400 or so words per article. A longer magazine article in an established periodical publication averages around 1,000 words. If that holds true then I have written around 448,000 words for you all to read and comment on in the last year.
As an example the latest in-depth series I am doing – the “Upgrade, Downgrade or Draw” pieces have averaged 1,600 words with one (WRs) as high as 2,125.
A typical mystery novel might be in the 60,000 to 80,000 word range while a thriller could be at 100,000 words. So I have written the equivalent of five novels for you to enjoy over the last year.
Why did I just list all that?
Well, it was to show each and every one of you readers and commenters what you all have done to make this so much fun for me to do. Believe me, as much work as this is – and I’ll not lie and say it isn’t – I get rewarded many times over from the friends and acquaintances I have made through this blog… and I think I can say that you all have done the same.
OK – enough about last year.
Let me know what I can do to make The Pitt POV even better for this next 12 months and be as detailed as you like. I only ask that you consider my budget when doing so. Speaking of which I’ll do another round of begging for donations toward the New Year.
I’ll try to get up to three or four fall camp practices and certainly Pitt’s Media Day in August then all the home games at least – with an away game or two thrown in.
We do need to get serious about POV tailgating come September 2nd for the Youngstown State game. We have some things in the works and I will keep you informed.
Finally – a heartfelt thanks to all who read and especially all who take the time and effort to comment on here. Numbers don’t lie and I can say that you all have made the Pitt POV a real presence in the Pitt football world and in doing so have made being a Pitt fan a lot more fun for me and many others…