On June 23rd The Pitt POV turned five years old – which in the blogosphere is many lifetimes. I just read that the average lifespan of a blog is 100 days so we have lasted 18.5 times longer then average. Actually, and to be literal, we have been in existence for 1,461 days since we started on June 23rd of 2016 …so it is 14.6 times as long as the average blog.
Just for fun let’s look at some POV numbers as they are pretty interesting all around. Here are the Views and Visitors stats:
3,351,607 views is a ton. If you look at the number of visitors though you see why I keep repeating that the number of readers of the POV far exceeds the number of commenters. My email in-box shows that also – especially when something controversial is either posted or a comment.
We also have 329 “followers” on email who get a notification every time a new article is posted. The most popular day for reading is on Monday and most popular time is noon…so basically readers wait until lunchbreak at work to delve into the articles.
This year alone there have been 16,049 views by clicked links to the POV from Google, Bing, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo search engines entries for “Pitt Football”.
Also in this year, since I took over the blog again, I have received over 500 emails from readers regarding either the blog, articles or specific commenters (really, how hard is it to spell “Tex” correctly?)
Here is a detailed graph showing the Posts and Comments numbers breakdown by year then the yearly averages:
Wow – 1,195,49 comment words written over the time POV has been around. That equals 13.3 full length novels. You guys have been busy! Those numbers tire me out just looking at them.
Here is a graphic listing the most commented on articles.
In typical PITT fashion the three articles which received the most comments were written after these games:
9/28/18, lost to NC 38-35
10/7/17, lost to Syracuse 27-24
9/9/17, lost to Penn State 33-14.
Well, those last two games were in the 5-7 season so naturally POVers were pissed. Plus the North Carolina loss in 2018 came when we were 2-1 (the loss was 51-6 PSU) and we were hoping to be 3-1 to start the year.
Readers also share the POV with others rather a lot. In this month alone so far they have linked specific POV articles to Twitter 2,695 times and 2,465 to Facebook. That is only for the 26 days of June so far. The total shares over our five years must be sky high but I can’t find that specific stat.
Here is an interesting fact – this graphic is the Top Five countries by Views. Note that all the 32 pink shaded countries have had POV viewers since our beginning:
Well, that is a bunch of numbers and because of the popularity of the POV name recognition when I go to Pitt games and meet new people the name and face are recognized rather often. Hey – that ain’t bragging because half the time I’m getting yelled at by the Kool-Aid drinkers. It is fun though to get new readers onboard during our discussions.
Last stat and it is a weird one: there have been two job offers to me to write for national media outlets as a ‘stringer’ to cover the Panther football games since I started the POV. I had one earlier one when I was writing for the PITT Blather.
As a clarification to the above – those offers sound much better then the reality of it. Basically it was “Write xxx amount of words about the games and if we publish it you get $0.05 (a nickel) per word.
Let’s see…for a 1,000 word piece it would entail a nine hour round trip drive to Pittsburgh with $48 in tolls, a hotel room at the William Penn for $130 and four meals out of my pocket for around another $100 or so for the $50 I’d get for writing the article. How could I pass that up?
And don’t forget – that $50 is paid only if they publish it. I’d rather just panhandle at the pre-game tailgates.
Now that said, I have found national articles that have whole paragraphs which have been cut and pasted right out of the POV without attribution, so some get the work done for free. It really doesn’t bother me though and it is a rare instance when it happens.
What’s the bottom line here? Well, for me It is giving many, many thanks to each and every reader and especially those who contribute articles for all to enjoy. Couldn’t do it without you guys…