Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Stats
Screen capture 28th January; text figures updated 30th January

 

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” — Benjamin Disraeli (attributed)

Do you look at your blog’s statistics, as provided by the backroom boys and girls of WordPress? (Or, rather, merely thrown up due to some clever programming?) Perhaps you think it’s as infra dig as Googling™ your name? Well, I’m a reprobate and beyond succour because not only do I check up how easy it is to find out all my details online (frighteningly so — have you tried yours?) but I also give a more than cursory glance to WP’s stats (or as 19th-century wisdom has it, the third and worst kind of lie).

Now in amongst all the figures a couple of things struck me. Continue reading “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”