Metrics on website traffic can be so addictive. I could spend days digging into traffic patterns and the other various non-personally-identifying data that we collect. But one thing the stats can’t tell us are the reasons behind people’s online behavior.
For example, in the month of July we’ve had almost 3000 visitors from outside the state of Washington. I would have assumed the appeal of our content would go down exponentially as you get outside of the neighborhood and outside the city of Seattle. But the real numbers seem to say otherwise.
One could also assume that these would be one-hit wonders – people who accidently reached the site through google when they were searching for something else entirely. But for most states, the number of pages viewed and time-on-site are the same as here in the city.
So my question to all of our out-of-state visitors: why do you come here? And don’t get me wrong – we love having you, and be sure to come check out the neighborhood if you’re ever in town. But in trying to get a better handle on this whole neighborhood blogging area, I’m really curious what the draw is for people who aren’t directly affected by the happenings of our little locale.
If you have a few seconds, please leave a comment below and let us know what makes a neighborhood in Seattle interesting to people from such a long distance away. We’re dying to know!
Oh, and the one state that we haven’t had a visit from this month? West Virginia (but they did stop by back in April)