Work is doing its best to take up all my intellectual capacity, energy, and time at the moment. In lieu of a post of substance this morning, I bring you more on the question of controversy and pageviews. Greg offered his take on the question of comments versus pageviews here. I got curious about my own, so being the data-driven person I am, I charted them.
I started with my 15 top-trafficked posts since moving to Freethought Blogs. Then I added my 15 top-commented posts here, so I was getting the high range of both. The overlap was only six posts, which should tell you something right there. Here is what the relationship looks like.
What you see represents more than a magnitude of difference in the number of views per comment on these posts. There is something of a relationship, of course, because it takes two pageviews to leave a comment, but it’s weak.
Even the visual trend toward more pageviews with more comments is largely driven by those posts that received far more comments or far more pageviews than normal. Taking out the top two in each category (three posts total), the graph looks like this.
Aside from those posts that really go, what these numbers tell you is…not a lot. There are some posts that prompt a few people to argue among themselves. There are some posts that get passed around a lot without stirring up much disagreement. And there are a few posts that do both.
Good luck telling which are which from the front end.