Some TeX Developments

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Popularity

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TeX and LaTeX continue to attract attention, as you can see from the list of TeX-related blogs on TeXample.net. I don’t know how many hits each of those sites get, but I do know how popular my blog is and have some idea about a few other places. So I thought it might be worth a quick look at the numbers.

In a typical day, ‘Some TeX Developments’ gets around 200 hits. That varies a bit, depending on whether I post something. There are also occasional spikes, with the CV mini-series getting me over 500 hits a day for four days, and my thoughts on a LaTeX3 roadmap attracting over 2000 hits that day! By way of comparison, the TeX.sx community blog gets around 100 hits per day when there is not a post, rising to 300 to 400 on days when a post is added. The UK-TUG website gets around 60 hits per day, mainly for the templates. (It’s not really a blog, although we do use it for announcements.)

The TeXample.net site features both the community aggregator and the very useful set of TikZ examples. As you’d expect, this combination gains it a lot more hits than a blog: I believe about 2500 per day.

Then there’s TeX.sx, which has grown rapidly in the last year to become a great place to find TeX answers. Hits-per-day have been rising steadily there, and are now well over 20,000 per day. There are usually at lest 40 new questions and 70 new answers driving this growth, which I think bodes well for TeX.

So over all the picture is of a range of sites getting a good number of hits. I’ve no idea how that compares with other typesetting systems or programming languages, but I’d like to feel it is a good sign for the future.

Written by Joseph Wright

November 29th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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  1. Where do these figures come from? I would find it interesting to know the breakdown of sources (direct, organic, search), and particularly RSS vs. web page.

    I guess WordPress provides you with a nice admin dashboard for your figures: does that give you this breakdown?

    Charles Stewart

    29 Nov 11 at 7:42 pm

  2. The figures for here, the UK-TUG website and TeX.sx blog are all WordPress stats. TeXample.net is by word-of-mouth from Kjell Magne, who I think uses Google for that. The TeX.sx figure is from the mod-only analytical data for the site.

    For me, taking the total for the last 12 months, I have 2044 referrals from TeXample.net, followed by 1965 from Hacker News (mainly for the LaTeX3 Roadmap). ‘Search engines’ is third with 1248 referrals, then Google Reader at 971. To put that in context, I’m on about 60k total hits for the last 12 months, with 24,004 listed as ‘referred’. (That last figure does not show up anywhere: I had to copy out all of the individual lines, regex out the sites and add up the numbers in Excel!)

    Joseph Wright

    29 Nov 11 at 7:53 pm

  3. Thanks for that information, good details.

    Wow, 1965 referrals from HN, mostly for a story with just 36 points! Well, I guess that piece of knowledge might be useful one day.

    Charles Stewart

    29 Nov 11 at 10:49 pm

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