Website statistics

Northern lights 2As this year is close to ending, I thought I’d revisit our website statistics. The website has been running now for just over six months on the WordPress platform and our visitor numbers look good. 

There have been close to 340,000 visits to the site during the six months, which have resulted in almost one million page views and six million hits. Our unique visitor numbers are approaching 160,000. In December, we have been averaging 1,600 unique visitors a day.

The countries that provide the most visitors are the USA (39% approx), Australia (11%), China (10%), UK (5%), Canada, France, Ukraine, Germany, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

As indicated earlier, these numbers (provided by the server statistics) are much higher than those revealed by the WordPress statistics. I have no idea for these differences, but the server statistics are far more reliable. The packages also reveal a different top ten of the most visited content. Here are the top ten as revealed by the server stats:

10. “What is Recovery” according to Stephanie Brown (Part 2)
Stephanie emphasises a number of myths about recovery in her book A Place Called Self. (6,400 views)

9. ‘Beautiful Boy: More Than An Addict’ by Jim Contopulos
The beauty of the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve in southern California provides the backdrop for a father’s lament upon losing his beautiful son to addiction and mental illness. (6,800 views)

8. ‘Five patterns of negative thinking to escape from in recovery’ by Peapod
As recovering people, we need all the help we can get to grow emotionally and to build our resources and resilience. Sometimes, we can get tripped up by returning to deeply embedded patterns of thinking that are no longer serving us well. (7,100 views)

7. ‘The user as expert’ by Peapod
‘It’s my opinion that we need fewer addiction specialists and more recovery specialists. That probably means more of us recovering people being around treatment services. We’ve shown we know how to do it.’ (7,200 views)

6. Reflections on Kevan’s Story (Part 2)
‘Six months later, Kevan decided to start a recovery support group in his living room. The rest, as they say, is history.’ (7,800 views)

5. Reflections on Kevan’s Story (Part 3)
‘To me, this is an amazing Story. It shows what can be achieved in recovery. But it also shows that you have to work the journey to get there… and it can be hard work.’ (10,800 views)

4. Setting up a Recovery Community
Interview with Phillip Valentine, Executive Director for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). (10,900 views)

3. ‘Sober is Sexy’ by Beth Burgess
In this film clip, Beth Burgess says that beiong sober is NOT boring. “It’s a blast.” (15,000 views)

2. Treatment and Recovery disconnection
In this film clip, William White describes how somewhere in the process of the professionalisation of addiction treatment in the US, treatment got disconnected from the larger more enduring process of long-term recovery. (29,100 views)

1. 75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life
In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history.  The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. (100,700 views) Yes, this posting went viral!

Photo from Andy Keen as shown in The Guardian.