Top of the web – September 2013

Body Festival 2008.Huzzah! We have passed the 500,000 views milestone on the Christchurch City Libraries blog! Thanks to our enthusiastic team of bloggers and to all the blog readers too.

We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Website pages

September’s popular blog posts

We have 577 subscribers to our blog.

Photos on Flickr

There were 159,158 views in September. We are at 1,666,977 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 2577 followers.

Facebook favourites

We have 3454 likes, adding 51 in September.

Top of the web – August 2013

Cover of Bones of the lostEach month, we explore what  Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular – in order to learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Website pages

An interesting fact: 19 of our top 50 pages this month are for kids. Our kids pages are perennially popular.

August’s popular blog posts

Photos on Flickr

It was a busy month for our images in August, with 136,446 views. 13 and 20 August (Storylines pictures) both got more than 7600 page views.

We are at 1,510,618 page views. This is good news as we reached the million mark on 23 October 2012.

Top on Twitter

We have 2540 followers.

Facebook favourites

Sketch of the Canterbury Plains from the Bridle Path, Port Hills [ca. 1850]
Sketch of the Canterbury Plains from the Bridle Path, Port Hills ca. 1850
  • Christchurch city scenes http://ow.ly/nUi9r Take a look at #chch days gone by. 1+ a day: sample our digital delights. ^DR
  • Crime writing superstar Kathy Reichs (professor and leading forensic anthropologist) is coming to Christchurch, courtesy of The Press Christchurch Writers Festival.  She’s the creator of the character Temperance Brennan and producer of Bones). Book now for her talk http://ow.ly/o782I and read her books (but I bet a lot of you have already). http://ow.ly/o788c ^Donna
  • RT @ww100nz: New Zealand received the news of the outbreak of #WW1 at 1 p.m. on 5 August 1914 (NZ time). http://t.co/2Wq7HEHUul

Top of the web – July 2013

Each month, we explore what  Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular – in order to learn more about what our customers are interested in.

July’s statistics again indicate timely local information that hooks into what is going on in Christchurch is our strength.

Website pages

Our kids page on the 1855 Wellington earthquake came in at number 21 this month, as people did some searching for information in the wake of the Cook Strait quakes. Most of the page views were on Sunday 21 July. Lots of people left the page quickly, presumable because they were looking for current and not historical information. Those that stayed spent a long time there on average – 3 minutes 42 seconds. This indicates they might have read all of the page’s content.

July’s popular blog postsMcLeans Mansion, 387 Manchester Street, Christchurch ca. 1900

Photos on Flickr

There were 47,283 views of our Flickr in July. The last day of the month was the busiest with more than 4000 views. The poetry of Hinemoana Baker was popular.

We are at 1,374,172 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 2486 followers.

Facebook favourites

Our likes went up 1.3% to 3355.

Popular postings were:

Cathedral Square post on FacebookCathedral Square cordons down (photo)
With 71 likes, 28 shares and a reach of 9304 this has probably been one of our most popular posts ever. Reach means the number of unique people who have seen your post.

McLeans Mansion (photo)
This post used one of our heritage images, linked to an article in The Press and showed off some more of our historical information. It attracted lots of comments and discussion. It got 31 shares and had a reach of 3434.

Christchurch established as a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856
A simple share of some information from Archives NZ. 11 people shared this post and 3130 people saw it.

Top of the web – June 2013

Christchurch area : showing swamps & vegetation cover. 1963
Christchurch area : showing swamps & vegetation cover. 1963

Popular Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts in June 2013:

Website pages

Our Kids Matariki page was big in June – 9,612 page views and the third most popular behind the home page, Kids, and the Source. Freegal and OverDrive both made the top 10 too.

June’s popular blog posts

Photos on Flickr

We are at a sturdy 1,326,889 page views.

Top on Twitter

We gained 24 followers over the month.

Facebook favourites

Our likes went up 10.3% to 3308.

Popular postings were:

  • Bishopdale Library (with photo)
  • The cordons are down in Cathedral Square (photo)
  • Fiona Farrell being awarded Creative NZ Michael King Award.

Top of the web – May 2013

Popular Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts in May 2013:

Website pages

Freegal our free music download service leapfrogged into number two spot this month – or #1 if you don’t count the home page. More than 12,000 people viewed the page, and they spent a long time on it having a look (an average of 5 minutes).

May’s popular blog posts

EmbroideryPhotos on Flickr

13 May was our busiest day with more than 2000 views. The photo of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival team was the most popular, followed closely by Robyn’s lovely apron.

We are sitting on 1,303,439 views.

Top on Twitter

In May we gained 72 new followers, and now have a total of 2427.
One tweet on 13 May got 496 clicks (a lot!)

Are you a Shand’s Emporium fan? See our page & a book about the Shand Family is out soon.

Facebook favourites

We have just cracked 3000 followers.

The busiest day was 7 May 2013 with 62 new likes.

The post with the most reach was one on the Margaret Mahy playground concept that won the Amazing places competition (21 May).