Mr Speaker

Views vs Comments: 100 to 1

the master control programI've been running this-here blog for some years now, and I thought I'd share something interesting I've noticed: for a post to get 1 comment, it must first be viewed by 100 people. Pretty much EXACTLY 100. For 2 comments? 200 page views. 3 comments? You guessed it.

It's really weird. Every post seems to average out to 100 views per comment. I dunno why.

Now, I'm not counting comments from friends or, if I had any, regulars. And I'm not counting posts which have become forum-type discussions (such as the great Talking Boony discussions of 2006). Annnd, I've filtered out most (or at least a bunch) of spiders and bots - so it's mostly real page views.

But general posts where I've written something vaguely informative ALL get the 100-to-1 ratio. It certainly has raised some niggling questions; Is this everyone's magic number? Is it tied to my Technorati ranking? Is it a universal constant that changes based only on my server's distance from the sun?

Anyway, I wasn't going to say anything, and I've tried to ignore it for so long - but its accuracy is starting to freak me out.


  1. Hmmm… very interesting

    Monday, February 26, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  2. wow

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  3. no!

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  4. holy smoke batpig!

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous! You bastard!

    Friday, March 2, 2007 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  6. so are we up to 600 views or not?!

    very interesting info though. I wonder if others have the same stats?

    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  7. Well, no, but that’s because of pesky anonymous throwin’ the game!

    Friday, April 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
  8. Hi, in terms of user generated content the ratio 1:100 is very common, not to say normal. You hit the magic number :-)

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Permalink
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