UK Web Focus

Innovation and best practices for the Web

Evaluation

This page provides access to feedback and metrics about the UK Web Focus blog.

2014

ebuzzing ranking april 2014eBuzzing Statistics

On 19 May 2014 the UK Web Focus blog was listed at number 25 in the eBuzzing ranking for technology blogs. This was the highest ever ranking for the UK Web Focus blog.

Note the current ranking is given in the badge shown below:

Ebuzzing - Top Blogs - Technology

The top three posts listed on 19 May 2014 were:

In addition on the same date the blog was listed at number 836 of all blogs monitored by the eBuzzing service.

2013

Viewing Statistics

During 2012 86 posts were published. There were a total of 66,769 views over the year. This was the equivalent of an average of 183 daily views.

summary of blog usage in 2013 was provided by WordPress.com.

eBuzzing statistics, Jan 2013eBuzzing Statistics

In January 2013 the eBuzzing service gave the UK Web Focus blog a ranking of 33 in its Technology category. As can be seen, this is the highest ranking in the past 2 years.

Note that the UK Web Focus blog also have a general ranking of 779 which, again, is the highest ranking in the past 2 years.

2012

Viewing Statistics

During 2012 160 posts were published. There were a total of 90,149 views over the year, the highest ever. This was the equivalent of an average of 246 daily views.

summary of blog usage in 2012 was provided by WordPress.com.

The Guardian’s Higher Education Networks’s List of Technology Blogs

On Friday 16 November 2012 the UK Web Focus blog was included in the Guardian Higher Education Network’s list of technology blogs which covers blogs with useful resources on technology, including digital media, narratives and public engagement.

Syndication of Blog Posts

The posts on What’s next, as Facebook use in UK universities continues to grow? and Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu enhance access to open repositories? have been republished on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog.

Hottest Small Business Blog Post

On 22 August 2012 the post on “Celebrating 10,000 Followers!”: Social Media is About Nodes and Connections was featured in the Technorati’s top 5 list of Small business blog  posts.

UK Technology Bloggers – The Top 20 List

On 4 July 2012 the UK Web Focus blog was featured in a list of UK Technology Bloggers – The Top 20 List which described how:

Brian provides advisory services, blogging about web innovation and tech best practices. He is based at www.ukoln.ac.uk, University of Bath, UK. His site has a range of different resources and white papers on key technical topics, such as social media use and networks, web accessibility and the future and horizon of technology. All of these topics are discussed in relation to their relationship to higher and further education.

Growth in Visits

There has been a steady growth in the number of visits since August 2011, with the largest numbers of monthly visits occurring in April 2012.

In April 2012 there were 10,683 visits, an average of daily 356 daily visits.

Reuse of Content

In February 2012 Ian TilsedHead of Academic Systems at the University of Exeter requested permission to use the blog policy for this blog on his Academic Service blog.  The following blogs have published blog policies based on the UK Web Focus policy:

eBuzzing and Technorati Rankings – February 2011

In February 2012 the UK Web Focus blog was ranked in 34th place of Technology blogs and in 1,026th place of All blogs according to the eBuzzing service. As illustrated in the accompanying graph (which shows the trends for the Technology category) this is the highest ranking in the Overall category since February 2011 and the highest every Technology ranking.

On 6th February 2012 the blog was ranked at 541 in Technorati’s Technology category (of 34,642 blogs), 3,503 in the Info Tech category (of 34,748 blogs) and 2,711 in the Overall category (of 1,293,010 blogs). This is equivalent to being listed in the top 1.56%, 10.1% and 0.21% of all blogs in the respective categories. Note, however, that Technorati rankings do seem to be volatile.

2011

Clustermap Geographical Summary of Blog Usage in 2011

A geographical summary of blog usage collected by the Clustermaps service for 2011 and the first two weeks of 2012 is available.

WordPress.com’s Review of Blog Usage in 2011

An annual WordPress summary of blog usage for 2011 has been published. These was based on the 157 posts published during the year.

Blog Runner-Up in National Social Media Award – November 2011

In November 2011 this blog was the runner-up for a Computer Weekly social media award in the IT Professional Blogger of the Year category.  The following comments were made by people who voted for the blog:

Congratulations on the nomination. I have voted for you now :-) 

Your blog is an inspiration, long may it continue!

Well done by the way – I catch your bog in my rss reader and am flabberghasted that you can post so much (and all good) – I’m cheering for you.

I love your blog. You have a knack of finding the right subject and the right lessons from it.

delighted to nominate because it’s a well deserved nomination.

Your blog is an excellent way to keep myself informed about Web 2.0 and it’s good to have a HE perspective.

I have to say that I do admire the amount of time and effort that you put in to the blog and it puts us lesser blogging mortals to shame!

always find the blog really useful

I find people pointing me at [the blog] every now and then, on account of the useful and interesting content there

Wikio and Technorati Rankings – February 2011

In February 2011 the UK Web Focus blog was ranked in 35th place of Technology blogs and in 834th place  in All blogs according to the Wikio service (subsequently renamed EBuzzing). This is the highest ranking in the Overall category since October 2009 and the highest every Technology ranking.

On 25th February 2011 the blog was ranked at 515 in Technorati’s Technology category (of 25,789 blogs), 1,176 in the Info Tech category (of 25,789 blogs) and 4,495 in the Overall category (of 1,256,805 blogs). This is equivalent to being listed in the top 2%, 4.6% and 0.04% of all blogs in the respective categories. Note, however, that Technorati rankings do seem to be very volatile.

2010

Evaluation

A survey was carried out in the 2 week period starting on 1st November 2010. The results are available. In addition a blog post giving a summary of the findings has been published.

Shortlisted for Computer Weekly’s IT Blog awards 2010 in the Individual IT Professional Male category

The blog was shortlisted for the Computer Weekly’s IT Blog awards 2010 in the Individual IT Professional Male category.

WordPress.com’s Review of Blog Usage in 2010

A summary of blog usage in 2010 was provided by WordPress.com.

2009

WordPress Growing Blogs

On 15th September 2009 the UK Web Focus blog was in 26th place in WordPress.com’s list of Growing Blogs.

On 12th May 2009 the UK Web Focus blog was in 13th place in WordPress.com’s list of Growing Blogs.

On 13th January 2009 the UK Web Focus blog was in 56th place in WordPress.com’s list of Growing Blogs.

2008

Rather than carrying out a formal survey, details of comments about the blog and other examples which may illustrate the readers’ views of the blog are provided below.

Nomination for Edublogs 2008 awards

The blog was nominated for the Best educational tech support blog category of the Edublogs 2008 awards.

Martin Weller nominated the blog, stating that “rather obviously I’m opting for Brian Kelly’s blog. Brian manages to push at the comfort boundaries of IT services, but does so with intelligence and insight into the practical issues“.

AJ Cann also nominated my blog.

James Clay was torn, nominating Steve Wheeler’s  Learning with ‘e’ blog for the Best individual blog, although he went on to add that “Other blogs that were in the running include Josie Fraser’s SocialTech blog and Brian Kelly’s UK Web Focus. The key here was which blog did I read on a regular basis and which inspired me the most“. James went on to state that in choosing his selection for the Best educational tech support blog he “was torn between Andy Powell and Pete Johnston’s eFoundations blog and Brian Kelly’s UK Web Focus” before choosing eFoundations for this category.

Shortlisting for Web 2.0 and Business category of the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 08 competition

The blog was shortlisted in the Web 2.0 and Business category of the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 08 competition. The shortlisting was featured in a news item on the JIC Web site.

2007

An initial formal survey was carried out in the 4-week period starting on 28th August 2007. The results are available. In addition a blog post giving a summary of the findings was published in October 2007.

2006

The blog was listed in first position is a list of Fastest Growing Blogs on 15 December 2006.


Number of Posts per Year

The following table summarises the number of posts published since the launch of the blog in November 2006.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
No. of posts 47 249 213 163 200 157 160  86
Overall Total 47 296 509 672 872 1,029 1,189 1,258

One Response to “Evaluation”

  1. Brian, perhaps worth uploading this to http://www.edocr.com?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: