This is post number 150 for this blog, which has now been running for almost 2 years since it began in August of 2011, the month after the author of this blog visited every station in the Cityrail suburban network in one 24 hour period using only the rail network to get around (video below).
In recent months, a typical week will see this blog get 1 or 2 new posts, receive about 1,000 hits, representing 500 unique visitors, generating 3 comments, and being shared 3 times on social media. About 100 of those visitors are regular readers (RSS feeds, email subscriptions, etc) or referrals from social media, while the remaining 400 are split fairly evenly between web searches and image searches. Last month, this site passed the 50,000 hits milestone.
It’s worth re-visiting some of the posts which were read and commented on a lot during that time.
Posts with the most views
- Media fooled by UNSW monorail hoax 31 July 2012 (4,809 views)
- Point to point vs zonal ticketing 2 September 2011 (2,058 views)
- Light rail extension update 15 February 2012 (650 views)
- History of Cityrail: Eastern Suburbs Line (1979) 8 November 2011 (645 views)
- Are there alternatives to the metro plan? 11 October 2011 (601 views)
The most viewed post was one which was not really covered by the TV, radio, or online media, other than ones falling for the initial hoax. The lack of any competing source covering this story led to this particular post going viral, with 85 tweets and 178 shares on Facebook, including by the University of New South Wales, resulting in 3,270 hits on 31 July 2012 alone.
Foundation day prank - media fooled by UNSW monorail hoax bit.ly/MPv3Lr—
(@UNSW) July 31, 2012
The second most viewed post, written in the first few weeks after this blog was started, is about different ways in which fares can be calculated. It is likely to remain an item of interest as Opal is rolled out and the possibility of integrating fares in Sydney is considered.
Posts with the most comments
- Should the Northwest Rail Link be a metro? 8 February 2013 (30 comments)
- Problems with the M4 East and Strathfield Metro 24 October 2012 (15 comments)
- Western Sydney makes its case for an airport of its own 15 February 2013 (13 comments)
- Infrastructure NSW Report (part 3): The ugly 6 October 2012 (13 comments)
- Infrastructure NSW Report (part 2): The bad 5 October 2012 (10 comments)
It is interesting to note that none of the 5 posts in the first list (most viewed) are repeated in the second list (most commented). As a general rule, people are more likely to comment on a post when they disagree with it, while they share it on social media when they agree with it (leading to more views). That probably explains the difference in each list.
The posts about the Northwest Rail Link and Sydney Airport in particular were great examples of commenters who disagreed with the contents of the post. Both the articles, along with the comments and follow-up responses, are a fantastic read for anyone looking to get a more in-depth discussion of those particular issues (but doesn’t who want to dip their feet into the world of online transport discussion forums).