June 22nd, 2009 | brainjuice
Whitechapel, as I imagine most of you know, is my online community, created in support of the FREAKANGELS webcomic. Every couple of months, Ariana and I get around to looking at traffic on the site, and this time she generated this infographic. Sometimes a bit of transparency about numbers can be interesting, so:
That’s two months’ worth of traffic. I think (and I’ll correct this later if need be) the big number at the top is mostly people who’ve deeplinked in to access a particular page from a blog, twitter post or search result, and then left again.
Bear in mind that this is a spread of two months: 15 visits is popping in twice a week. Fifty or sixty visits, you’re in the ballpark of a daily stop-in. From that point down, Whitechapel basically owns your soul. I think the spread in the top half of the graphic is very interesting, though.
Everyone knows that the condition of the messageboard/online-community is Not What It Was. Also, Whitechapel is not an explicitly comics-centric place: it’s built for FREAKANGELS readers, but in general comics-related stuff really kind of flounders there a bit, and most people seem to be talking about everything but comics. If anything, I’d really like it to be more diverse. My previous boards had some kind of activist or ideological intent, but Whitechapel was always intended as really just an open bar. (WEF was Waiting For The Great Leap Forward, The Engine was There Is Power In A Union, and Whitechapel is, I dunno, A13 Trunk Road To The Sea…)
(Eight people just got that joke. In the world.)