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

‘Iconography in Artwork Historical past’ was launched on June 12, 2011 with three aims 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 many others). With particular consideration to the iconography of Aphrodite/Venus.

The analytical overview on this 100th submit presents the tough metrics of ‘views’ supplied by Blogger, estimates the variety of critical ‘guests’ and attracts particular consideration to the content material of the 99 posts and its aims A, B or C. Which goal was the extra profitable ? Or is the ‘clickbait’of the title a very powerful 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 record in Fig.2 of twenty most seen 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 record in Determine 2

These timelines illustrate a shocking variety amongst particular person posts of adjusting ‘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 newer submit 86/ with a steady ascending reputation might be additional mentioned hereafter.


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

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

The complete record of 99 posts with their titles could be finest found in one of many dynamic views Timeslide or Sidebar of this Weblog.

 It seems that the primary submit on this record: 27/ The girdle of Aphrodite/Venus…or was it het ‘wonderbra’? (printed 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 many others.). 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 joke in Homer’s Iliad. The related submit of April 24, 2013 31/ The wonderbra of Aphrodite-Venus: the sequel shouldn’t be amongst these twenty most seen posts, although it obtained a comparatively excessive depend of three,277 views, mentioned hereafter in Fig.5.

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

 Blogger affords 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 have been recorded, or a median 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 information originate from ‘Stats (S)’ of the primary menu of the consumer however they differ considerably with the info of whole views per submit present in ‘Posts (P)’ (Fig.4) as might be demonstrated beneath.


 Rating of posts

The rating of posts by their whole views as supplied in ‘Posts (P)’ is in contrast with the rating in response to ‘Stats (S)’ given in Fig.2 above. In Fig.5 the bar-graph in gray color represents the entire views with vertical scale on the left and the rating 0011 to 055 of post-numbers on the horizontal scale in response to the info from ‘Posts (P)’. The bar-graph in blue color represents additionally the entire views  and the rating of the 20 most seen 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 problem 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 seen 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 could lead to 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 information, the exponential smoothing method is proposed, with a smoothing parameter 0 < alpha <1, normally 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, decreasing significantly the peaks of day by day views of the current posts. 

Determine 6

Yet another problem is the truth that the calculated sum of all views per submit given in ‘Posts (P)’ is simply 255,621, whereas the all-time views in ‘Stats (S)’proven in Fig.3 is 455,533. Presumably, the all-time views embrace the views of 5 Weblog-pages of static content material – not posts, totalling 18,563 views. One in all these pages is known as ‘About me and my Tweets’ with 2,543 views – which may very well be interpreted as variety of , and hopefully, returning ‘guests’. However the massive discrepancy between these information 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 massive 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 actually elusive. Extra essential often is the desire of the viewers in response to the aims A, B and C of the submit.

Classification of aims 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 many others), 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 may very well be categorised in multiple approach since a number of of these in Aims B or C have been mentioned with a quantitative strategy. 


Fig.8 exhibits the distribution of those Aims 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 categorised as Goal A, their common depend of views is simply half of the 18% posts categorised as Goal C (Fig.9). 
Determine 9 The typical depend of views per goal A, B and C

There isn’t a doubt, posts with goal C are far more ‘well-liked’ than these of goal A…or: the quantitative strategy in artwork historical past shouldn’t be (but) most well-liked. However nonetheless and hopefully, this Weblog could 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 drawback has been addressed a number of instances within the Blogger Help Community. One Really helpful Reply advised “Blogger Stats information 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 data, the method has by no means been utilized to evaluation of view counts of posts, or social media typically.  

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