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The Blog, Page Views & Authors

Sun 1 February 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Further changes to the blog

There are further changes to the blog:

  • The Session Record and Player Ranking sub-pages under Participants have been merged into a single Session Stats sub-page.
  • I don’t know if listing “core values” is still fashionable or passé, but I think identifying FIOFAFI’s core values is useful at the present time, and have done so.
  • I have added a “Complimentary Comments” sub-page to the Credits Etc page and renamed it Credits & Compliments.  It is useful to remember that we have had far more good and enjoyable sessions than difficult ones.  It is also a timely reminder of the good spirits in which the vast majority of our sessions are played.
  • Other minor changes.

Page views in January 2009

After monthly page views increased from 6,116 in November 2008 to 12,036 in December 2008, there was a slight dip in January 2009 to 11,887.  However, the almost doubling of page views between November and December has been consolidated.

Although the two highest ever daily page views  were in January – 837 on 19 January 2009 and 882 on Friday (30 January 2009) – having three public holidays in January pulled the total for the month down.

While we currently average over 500 page views on working days, the average for weekends and public holidays is currently about 150.  The three days with the lowest page views in January were:

  • 71 on 25 January 2009 (the Sunday before Chinese New Year).
  • 91 on 4 January 2009 (the Sunday after New Year’s Day).
  • 125 on New Year’s Day.

Daily page views over the two days of the Chinese New Year were 160 and 223 respectively, well below the usual working day average.   In all likelihood, the three public holidays in January reduced page views by over 1,000.


I have started maintaining a “Posts By Author” sub-page.  This covers all posts by authors since 1 January 2009.

In light of the number page views for the blog, any post has the potential for significant readership.

I’d like to encourage everyone who has been or would like to be added as an author to put up at least one new post a month.  If you can’t manage even 1 post every three months, you might want to re-consider whether you want to be or remain as an author. 🙂

A session summary or report is an easy way of getting a post up quickly.  However, there is a bit of time pressure in getting the report up by lunchtime the following day, and I don’t expect anyone to do one unless they really want to.

Any other stuff about football, other sport or other activity can be written at your own leisure.

I will add as an author anyone who would like to be added as an author and who has played in at least seven sessions, or one-tenth of the sessions, (whichever is lower) in the current attendance period.  All you need to do is open a WordPress account and provide me with the e-mail address you used to open the account.

Once you’ve been added as an author, you can remain an author as long as you like, even if you don’t continue to play regularly, but I hope you will put up new posts from time to time.

  1. rajiv
    Mon 2 February 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Damian has been added an an author.

  2. rajiv
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 6:56 am

    A “Jokes” sub-page has been added under “Random Chat”, for the reasons stated on the sub-page.

  3. rajiv
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 12:39 pm

    If a participant who is not yet an author wants to put up a session report, I (or any author) can put up an introductory post.

    As the focus is now on authors posting rather than match reports, any introductory post or session summary will be added to the list of posts for the author putting it up.

    An introductory post or session summary need only comprise of the line ups, the player of the session poll, and if you know it, the result. A couple of lines about the session is optional.

    If an author wants to put up a session report, the best time to do it is when you get home after the game, and are unwinding before going to bed. A few of us have done that before, and it works well.

    With some participants eager to read the session report or comment on the session the following morning, if you haven’t started or don’t look like finishing a report by early morning, I suggest you just put up a summary or introduction, and let anyone and everyone who played add their comments earlier rather than later.

    Whatever it is, don’t let writing the match report interfere with your work or other commitments the following day.

  4. rajiv
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve added a list of current polls to the “Other Activities” page and renamed the page “Polls & Other Activities”.

  5. rajiv
    Thu 5 February 2009 at 8:58 am

    If any author who played last night would like to do a session report, just put it up by lunchtime, otherwise, I’ll put up a bare summary at lunchtime for anyone to add their comments.

    Just add a comment to let me know if you’re doing one. Thanks.

  6. Boris
    Thu 5 February 2009 at 9:02 am

    I can’t wait for the report. 🙂

  7. rajiv
    Thu 5 February 2009 at 10:20 am

    Boris, I’ll do an introductory post, so you can do the report as a comment to that. 🙂

  8. rajiv
    Fri 6 February 2009 at 2:33 pm

    For those who play each week, don’t forget to vote for your player of the session.

    Also, if you don’t vote in the current polls, I won’t be able to take your views into account.

  9. rajiv
    Sun 8 February 2009 at 11:59 am

    I’ve added “Comings & Goings” to the “Participants” page.

  10. rajiv
    Thu 19 February 2009 at 5:29 pm

    The “Other Sports” category has been renamed “Other Sports & Events” to cover non-sporting events.

  11. rajiv
    Sun 22 February 2009 at 9:07 am

    The “About FIOFAFI” page has been revised and the “Participants” page has been made simpler.

  12. rajiv
    Mon 23 February 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Threaded comments are now available on WordPress. You can now reply either to a post or, by clicking on the word “Reply” at the bottom of any particular comment to the post, that comment itself.

    A feature that has been available for a while now is requesting to be notified of follow-up comments via email. You do this by clicking on the small box below the box for leaving a reply before submitting the comment.

  13. rajiv
    Thu 26 February 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve added “Top Posts” at the bottom of the left-hand column.

    The calendar has been moved to the bottom of the right-hand column.

  14. rajiv
    Sat 26 September 2009 at 11:19 am

    I am quite liberal as to whether a post is “about football, other sport or other activity”, but it should at least vaguely be related to one of those. 🙂

    Otherwise, there is always the “Random Chat” page.

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