Stats about this blog–June 2011

Best total page views ever for this blog: 4,653 compared with 3,221 in May.

The top individual posts have been:

  1. Home page 1,498 views in the past 30 days
  2. About last night’s “Send them back…” and Paul Sheehan 298
  3. Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 259
  4. Trevor–1956-2011 159
  5. Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 138
  6. GetUp Australia–campaigns, petitions, activism 113
  7. Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 106
  8. A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 103
  9. Who to vote for on last night’s Australia’s Got Talent 86
  10. Passing of a person of faith 78
  11. Just a modest tribute for Trevor 71
  12. About 60
  13. Personal catch-ups and other things 52
  14. Pub talk, reality TV, reality and "Go Back to Where You Came From" 51
  15. Wollongong local history 37
  16. Australia Day: Being Australian 35
  17. 5000 cigarettes and 100 days without the drug 33
  18. The Rainbow Warrior 32
  19. Two footnotes or updates: but not trivial 31
  20. Australia not earthquake free 30
  21. Update to “We’ve just had a cool May” 30

Over on the photo blog there were 1,054 views in June, averaging 35 a day. May averaged 36 and the best this year has been 40 in April.

  1. Home page 579
  2. Revisiting Surry Hills: The Shakespeare Hotel and Devonshire Street 15
  3. Around Belmore Basin (Wollongong Harbour) 14
  4. The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 11
  5. What it has really been like today 9
  6. Small Buddhist temple 3 9

The top individually visited photo blog image for June. Taken in The Shakespeare in Surry Hills.

The runner-up for June. This is Belmore Basin, Wollongong

1 July update

Here is the Sitemeter for all my blogs except English/ESL:

This Year's Visits and Page Views by Month


Stats to kingdom come

Earlier this week I was fascinated by Arabic-speaking children have the smarts but shun selective system in the Sydney Morning Herald. Having been the ESL teacher at a selective school, and acknowledging Arabic speakers there were thin on the ground back ten years ago, I was less interested in accounting for that than in the stats that were published with the article. I have to make do with a scan.

lbote011LBOTE means language background other than English and has replaced the rather negative-sounding NESB or non-English-speaking background. I noted my former workplace now scores 91%! When I was counting the picture was thus:

sbhslbotePicture1The significance of the “under 5 years” is that is a better measure of whether ESL assistance may be relevant: that is, students who have been in Australia five years or less.  Those last two items come from a powerpoint you may still access from Scaffolding in my English/ESL blog (retired).

Another set of numbers from the NSW Department of Education:


And another, which I find rather interesting:

TAFEstudents-language2003-05-smallAs I long ago discovered, what a culturally complex but wonderful place we live in!

That last one came from an absolute gold mine published by Andrew Hong — though his purpose has to do with evangelising on behalf of the Reformed faith: as a teenage Calvinist I know exactly where he is coming from. I can foresee days poring over the stats he has gathered.

In a later post I may discuss what all this means.

  • And a provocative footnote: I agree with Daphne Lowe Kelley  on Chinese in Australia, and will baulk at the word “invasion” in place of “arrival” only when someone can show me the invitation the first settlers were responding to.