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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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