You can read the statistics here. I’ve copied a selection of them here (per another ‘Matt’ on wordpress.com) so that I can comment on them:
Here are July’s stats:
- 394,609 blogs were created.
- 5,666,839 posts were published.
- 418,946 new users joined.
- 6,594,795 file uploads.
- 3,762 gigabytes of new files.
- 839 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters.
- 7,890,707 comments.
- 6,681,646 logins.
- 1,253,217,900 pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 1,289,187,116 on self-hosted blogs (2,542,405,016
total across all WordPress blogs we track).
- 2,146,576 active blogs where “active” means they got a human visitor.
- 1,419,364,230 words.
Some amazing figures here. Over 2 million ACTIVE blogs. Wow. Over 2.5 billion pageviews in a month. Astounding.
When I compare these statistics (pageviews, comments, etc.) to my own, young blog it suddenly makes me feel a little bit inferior!
2,542,405,016 pageviews over 2,146,576 active blogs (ignoring those with no visitors) means approximately 1,184 pageviews per blog per month (roughly 39 per day).
Furthermore, 7,890,707 comments means approximately 3.6 comments per active blog per month, and only 0.3% of pageviews result in a comment (now that’s disappointing – lot’s of people reading but very few interacting).
As a new blogger, you can really get into blog statistics (and actually, you can get too into blog statistics). WordPress has some nifty statistics charts and tables which track hits, comments, etc. for your blog, and for each post: this is done each day, and summarised by week and by month, with daily averages also calculated. WordPress also tells you where traffic comes from: eg, links (such as in Twitter, other blogs, etc.) or search engines (and what the search criteria was – this is very effective in letting you know which blog post headlines are catching attention or addressing common themes of interest). WordPress also lets you know where traffic is going (ie, which of your links, to other sites, people are clicking on).
All in all, it represents a statisticians dream – so long as you have traffic!