Those of you coming here via the desktop will be familiar with the slider up top. Many consider them naff, but I do luvs me a good slider. They're an excellent way to resolve the tension on a busy site between between what's new and what's good. (Good, in the opinion of the site, anyway).
It's easy to forget that the vast majority of Burgers are not as we know them. They're quiet, timid souls, lurking out of sight and earshot lest they be stomped beneath the ironshod boots of a rampaging Havoc, or mocked near to death by a cold and calculating Lobes. And of these lurkers nearly a third are new visitors. They know nothing of the Burger's history. The entries that slip off the front page are as unknown to them as Greybeard's youth is to antiquity.
I had Dan run up the slider so that some of the older entries could be placed before them, for their consideration. Also there are stories I want to keep around a little longer than the day or so it takes to disappear off the home page. The weekly book extract for example.
The next few weeks, I'll be searching back thru the archive to see what I might dig up every now and then. Hence, we see Lana Del Rey's purdy face up there right now. If anybody has any old faves they'd like to see briefly return, gimme the nod. The more practice I get pulling stuff out of the archives and reformatting it for the new layout, the better.
And on that issue of arriving by desktop (the slider doesn't appear in mobile), I thought some of the pointier headed nerdlingers out there might be interested in some stats.
Of last month's 23 678 visits, 8303 came in via mobile. Of those 3509 joined us via an iPhone, and 2955 arrived on an iPad. This is a little under the usual share of web traffic attributed to iOS, but not much.
The next most popular device? The Samsung Galaxy SII, but they were a looooong way behind. A very loooooooong way.
I did have a couple of visitors rockin' a Blackberry in the launch month. But they appear to gone away.