2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 74 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 345kb.

The busiest day of the year was April 14th with 40 views. The most popular post that day was Lovely Betty.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ifreestores.com, digg.com, WordPress Dashboard, icreditcard.biz, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tv dramadies, dramadies sitcom, best tv dramadies, jennifer grey wordpress, and +dramadies +cable +shows.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Lovely Betty April 2010


Survivor, “Going Down in Flames” April 2010


TV Shows I’m Watching April 2010


Season Finale Rewards June 2010


Au Revoir, Betty April 2010


No Ordinary Family

November 16, 2010

No Ordinary Family is one of the two new shows I’ve officially added to my line-up.  At first I thought it would be a 30-minute sitcom, but it clearly works better in the 1-hour dramady genre.  I love the characters and think they have good chemistry with one another.  I like the family setting.  Yes, it reminds me of The Incredibles, but I loved The Incredibles!  Sometimes, however, I feel it coming dangerously close to Heroes territory, so I hope it can learn from Heroes‘ mistakes and keep going season after season.

Glee’s Finale

June 14, 2010

Stuff I loved:

  • Quinn’s delivery set to Vocal Adrenaline’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  It was very moving.
  • All the Love proclamations. (Finn to Rachel, Will to Emma)
  • Will’s performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
  • Quinn asking for Mercedes presence in the delivery room.  I’ve enjoyed watching their friendship progress as they’ve helped each other in various ways throughout the season.

Stuff I liked:

  • The Journey medley.
  • Sue Sylvester voting for New Directions.
  • The Quinn/Puck flashback.  I had been wondering how that had happened!
  • Finally!  Sue is done blackmailing the principal!  I was feeling badly for the guy.

Stuff that was weird, annoying, or unrealistic:

  • Though I loved the performance, I thought it seemed forced that Will would sing to the Glee Club.  (weird) It did, however, afford a nice moment for us to see the different relationships that have formed over the season.
  • They only got to sing one song!  What about all the other songs/dances they had worked so hard on through the rest of the year?  (annoying.  So annoying, in fact, that I had to tell myself that we only saw their finale performance and they actually did perform a few more, just to calm myself down about it!)
  • Olivia Newton John’s character: Olivia Newton John.  (weird)
  • Having journey stuck in my head for days afterward. (annoying)
  • Sue as a judge?  Really?  They wouldn’t have allowed that. (weird)
  • Rachel’s mom is incredibly selfish in thinking she can just start over with a new baby and ignore and forget about what she already has. (annoying)
  • Uhm, is adoption really that easy?  You hear about a baby, go see it in the hospital, and take it home with you within 24 hours? (unrealistic)

What about you?  What would you add (categories or otherwise)?

What are sweeps?

May 17, 2010

I used to work in an industry with its own set of Nielsen ratings, so I like to think I know a bit about how TV ratings work.  In the healthcare journal industry, Nielsen would send out surveys twice a year to a random selection of doctors asking about their journal reading habits.  Before those surveys went out, our journals’ marketing department would plan extra promotions that would correspond with the doctors’ receiving of those surveys.  In that way, our journals would be at the forefront of their minds when they were filling out those surveys.

Sweeps in television works in a similar way.  During a few weeks of the year, we are bombarded with episodes of our favorite TV shows that are extra-long, or have cliff-hangers, or are in special locations so that they catch our eyes.  At the same time, Nielsen collects television journals from a smaller sampling of people (than the usual sampling for daily/weekly ratings) that include a much more detailed set of information, including the type of people watching certain shows, rather than simply how many people.

But we are entering a new era of television viewing, which includes watching shows on our phones, iPads, computers, in addition to our TVs.  By using Hulu, iTunes, and the network websites themselves, we can watch our favorite shows even if we don’t own a television.  So how can Nielsen realistically  measure the eyeballs watching the shows on the internet?  Well, now there is a new measurement called engagement, or “a show’s ability to command attention from viewers”.

Such rankings turn the TV model — in which success comes from attracting the broadest audiences possible at a single moment — on its ear. Yet as TV outlets start to rely more on viewership that comes from DVR playback, iPhone, iPod and iPad viewing and online streaming, figuring out which shows drive fans to seek them out and watch them no matter where they run is an exercise that’s gaining considerable traction.

It was always amazing to me the information that was available regarding the readership of healthcare journals, and in the healthcare industry in general!  So if there is the ability to track personal data such as readership, medicine usage, prescription refills, etc., Nielsen will be able to come up with ways to track TV viewership using different media sources.  Of that, I am sure.