September 25, 2023


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100/ Celebrating the tenth anniversary of this Weblog : an analytical evaluate

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‘Iconography in Artwork Historical past’ was launched on June 12, 2011 with three targets to debate: A. Quantitative approaches in artwork historical past, distant viewing, thematic analysis collections and topical catalogues; B. Papers, articles or blogs and web sites the place the iconography is of significance; C. Inter-art analogies between pictorial and different ‘sister’ arts(literature, music, dance, and so forth). With particular consideration to the iconography of Aphrodite/Venus.

The analytical evaluate on this 100th submit presents the tough metrics of ‘views’ offered by Blogger, estimates the variety of severe ‘guests’ and attracts particular consideration to the content material of the 99 posts and its targets A, B or C. Which goal was the extra profitable ? Or is the ‘clickbait’of the title crucial matter ?

Timelines of views 

The publishing platform Blogger in Dynamic Viewcounts pageviews because the variety of clicks on a submit. Thus clicks on 20 posts, will depend as 20 views. Fig.1 exhibits a pattern of timelines of views of six posts with their publication date, collected from the listing in Fig.2 of twenty most considered posts with variety of whole views, on June 2, 2021. 

Determine 1 Six timelines of views of posts and their publication date

chosen from the listing in Determine 2

These timelines illustrate a stunning range amongst particular person posts of fixing ‘views’ (‘reputation’?) with time since publication date. Posts 27/ & 14/ present a steady reputation with time, in distinction to submit 22/ with its peak at publication and a smaller peak some two years later. Posts 35/ & 49/ have their peaks a number of years after publication. The more moderen submit 86/ with a steady ascending reputation will probably be additional mentioned hereafter.


Determine 2 From high to backside and from left to proper:

twenty most considered posts with quantity (Ok=*1000) of whole views

The total listing of 99 posts with their titles could be greatest found in one of many dynamic views Timeslide or Sidebar of this Weblog.

 It seems that the primary submit on this listing: 27/ The girdle of Aphrodite/Venus…or was it het ‘wonderbra’? (revealed January 3, 2013) is an absolute outlier with 20.9K (20,900) whole views, in comparison with the following posts with a lot smaller whole views (5.3K, 4.55K, and so forth.). Is that this a case of the ‘clickbait = wonderbra’ within the title ? The numerous Feedback of this submit make clear the explanations for the a lot debated time period ‘girdle’ of that comic story in Homer’s Iliad. The related submit of April 24, 2013 31/ The wonderbra of Aphrodite-Venus: the sequel just isn’t amongst these twenty most considered posts, although it acquired a comparatively excessive depend of three,277 views, mentioned hereafter in Fig.5.

The ‘clickbait’ in lots of different titles can also have been essential for the recognition of posts, like ‘I Modi (The Positions)’, ‘Cybernetics’, ‘The one-night stand’, ‘Tannhäuser’, ‘Titian’…

 Blogger provides additionally a timeline of all posts with an all-time variety of views: 455,747 on June 1, 2021, 6 pm (Fig.3). Its exceptional peak of 14,833 views on October 1, 2016 was already mentioned in submit 78/ 7 years running a blog when a complete of 353,307 pageviews had been recorded, or a mean of 138 views per day (1 Fig.1). The current common per day is: 455,747 / 3642 = 125.

Determine 3 Timeline of whole views (455,747) of all posts

with 602 feedback on June 1, 2021

Determine 4  




All these knowledge originate from ‘Stats (S)’ of the primary menu of the consumer however they differ considerably with the information of whole views per submit present in ‘Posts (P)’ (Fig.4) as will probably be demonstrated beneath.


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 Rating of posts

The rating of posts by their whole views as offered in ‘Posts (P)’ is in contrast with the rating in keeping with ‘Stats (S)’ given in Fig.2 above. In Fig.5 the bar-graph in gray color represents the whole views with vertical scale on the left and the rating 0011 to 055 of post-numbers on the horizontal scale in keeping with the information from ‘Posts (P)’. The bar-graph in blue color represents additionally the whole views  and the rating of the 20 most considered posts from ‘Stats (S)’: they clearly differ in each values of whole views and of rating, as given within the data-table beneath the graph. This can be a irritating situation not defined by Blogger (2).


Determine 5 Comparability of rankings ‘Posts (P)’ and ‘Stats (S)’ of post-numbers and their whole views

Of particular curiosity are the extra current posts 86/, 87/ and 88/: they’re ranked respectively 002 or 007, 008 or 037 and 013 or 052in ‘Stats (S)’ or in ‘Posts (P)’. Clearly, current posts are deprived when evaluating whole views, as a result of older posts have an opportunity to be considered extra as was demonstrated within the timelines of Fig.1. This was additionally clearly illustrated within the former submit 78/ 7 years running a blog  with a graph of the sequential post-number versus the variety of views per submit (1 Fig.10).

Fig.6 beneath examines once more this graph the place certainly, after post-number 66/ a transparent decline of views is noticed, nevertheless, now with an increase of views for post-number 86/, 87/ and 88/. This ‘anomaly’ could be uncovered by calculating the imply day by day views per submit = whole views / variety of days since publication. Thus, a small variety of days since publication might end in a excessive worth of this imply day by day views per submit (vertical axis on the appropriate facet of Fig.6). In statistics of time sequence evaluation with a pattern within the knowledge, the exponential smoothing method is proposed, with a smoothing parameter 0 < alpha <1, often set between 0,1 and 0,3 (3). A worth 1 would present no smoothing in any respect, a price 0,01 would present an virtually horizontal line. In Fig.6 alpha = 0,1 has been chosen, reducing significantly the peaks of day by day views of the current posts. 

Determine 6

Another situation is the truth that the calculated sum of all views per submit given in ‘Posts (P)’ is barely 255,621, whereas the all-time views in ‘Stats (S)’proven in Fig.3 is 455,533. Presumably, the all-time views embody the views of 5 Weblog-pages of static content material – not posts, totalling 18,563 views. Considered one of these pages is named ‘About me and my Tweets’ with 2,543 views – which could possibly be interpreted as variety of , and hopefully, returning ‘guests’. However the giant discrepancy between these knowledge from ‘Stats (S)’ and ‘Posts (P)’ stays with out data (2).

Anyhow, what does all this signify for the ‘reputation’ of the posts? Given the chronology of publication and its giant impact on the imply day by day views per submit(Fig.6) and the extremely various and evolving timeline of views per posts, as illustrated in Fig.1, a rating of posts for reputation by their whole views is the truth is elusive. Extra essential would be the desire of the viewers in keeping with the targets A, B and C of the submit.

Classification of targets and their common depend of views

 Goal A. Quantitative approaches in artwork historical past, distant viewing, thematic analysis collections and topical catalogues has been, naturally, the first space of this weblog, with 67% of all posts. GoalC. Inter-art analogies between literature and different ‘sister’ arts (music, dance, and so forth), counts for 18% of all posts. Goal B. Papers, articles or blogs and web sites the place the iconography is of significance counts for the remaining 15% (Fig.7).



 Although, many posts could possibly be categorized in a couple of manner since a number of of these in Goals B or C had been mentioned with a quantitative strategy. 


Fig.8 exhibits the distribution of those Goals among the many post-numbers/12 months versus their whole views, however whole views 21,605 of the outlier post-number 27/ is truncated.


Fig.8 (whole views 21,605 of post-number 27/ is truncated)


 Utilizing the figures of whole views per submit  of Fig.8, the common depend of views per goal could be calculated and interpreted as a desire of the viewer. Although 67% of all posts are categorized as Goal A, their common depend of views is barely half of the 18% posts categorized as Goal C (Fig.9). 
Determine 9 The common depend of views per goal A, B and C

There is no such thing as a doubt, posts with goal C are rather more ‘in style’ than these of goal A…or: the quantitative strategy in artwork historical past just isn’t (but) most popular. However nonetheless and hopefully, this Weblog might have bolstered its progress.


  1.  Put up of June 12, 2018 78/ On at the present time: 7 years running a blog, 77 posts 
  2.  This downside has been addressed a number of instances within the Blogger Help Community. One Beneficial Reply advised “Blogger Stats knowledge and the view depend could be unpredictable as this entails the platform infrastructure.” 
  3.  The selection of the worth of alpha within the  exponential smoothing technique is basically arbitrary. To the creator’s information, the method has by no means been utilized to evaluation of view counts of posts, or social media usually.  

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