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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 50 posts. There were 43 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 6th with 159 views. The most popular post that day was Realism in testing search interfaces.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sampling issues in online surveys, usability, is success model, liza zamboglou, and lorraine paterson.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Realism in testing search interfaces October 2010


UPA Conference 2010: Day 1 June 2010


User Research and Persona Creation Part 1: Data Gathering Methods July 2010


Sampling bias in online surveys March 2010


User Research and Persona Creation Part 2: Segmentation – Six steps to our Qualitative Personas August 2010
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Today is the 24th March and as I found out two weeks ago, the day we pledge to blog about Ada Lovelace and celebrate women in technology. If like me you are unaware of who Ada is, she was one of the world’s first computer programmers. As a pioneer she seems a suitable figurehead to galvanise people into celebrating girl geeks worldwide for one day at least. I made the decision to pledge a blog about today so here we are.

Since I submitted my pledge I’ve been thinking about who I would talk about. I have to admit that I don’t know of many famous female technologists that I could point to as being influential to me. I’ve really struggled to come up with a ‘heroine’ to submit to the Finding Ada website and realise that this is the very reason we need more events like this. Do women have strong role models working in technology to inspire them? There are clearly lots of women out there doing great things so I look forward to reading some of the blogs to come out of today. Hopefully I’ll get to know some new names and resources to follow for future interest. Who knows, this time next year maybe I’ll have a long list of women to admire!

On a more personal level, someone who has influenced my career and the work I do is my former supervisor at university and friend, Dr Hazel Hall. She is director of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and also leads the implementation of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition. She recently received the award for Information Professional of the Year in 2009 to reflect the work she is doing with the Research Coalition. Lots of the things I’ve achieved so far in my career are largely thanks to her generosity, advice and guidance and I look forward to more collaborations in the future. Thank you Hazel, you are my Ada Lovelace person! 🙂

To follow Ada Lovelace Day on Twitter check out the feed.

So I’ve been meaning to create my own blog for a while. After joining the UX2.0 project last week its finally materialised. Although there will be an official UX2.0 blog on the website (still under construction), I wanted to get started on my own blog so I can talk about the project more informally. I’m hoping that it will not only serve to keep others updated  but also invite some discussion and input into the project as we begin to collect results.

It will hopefully also be a space where I can also talk about usability in general, from current research methods to my own experiences. If you are visiting my blog for the first time, thanks for stopping by. It may be a bit light on the ground at the moment but please check back here again soon or better still save it to your RSS feed to be kept right up to date! 🙂

Since its Friday and the weekend is imminent, I though I would share one of the many great Dilbert comic strips on usability, enjoy!

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