It’s that time again! Sorry we skipped the wrap-up in Feburary, but it was a short month and we also found an error in the way we were tracking posts, as you can see by the big drop in this graph, and we wanted a full month of accurate numbers before publishing them again. (We were counting edits in addition to new posts, doh!)
March was a light month feature-wise, partly because we were rocking out at SxSW:
- Global dashboard for non-blogging users.
- Blog switcher for hyper-blogging users.
- OpenID so you can login around the world.
- Slideshows and maps.
What happened behind the scenes was more exciting though. We brought online 40+ new servers at a new datacenter location in San Francisco, and also cleaned up a lot of our code that does cross-datacenter replication and caching. (Which is still ongoing.) We also found some bottlenecks in the code that were adding at least a hundred milliseconds to almost every page load, so things should be generally faster now.
March stats: 105k blogs, 121k users, switched themes 567,119 times, 1.5 million posts, 554k pages, 1.9 million comments, 4,856 support requests, 728k file uploads, and 184 million pageviews. (Not counting admin section, images, CSS, RSS feeds, etc.) For those following along at home, that puts user and pageview growth up 78% since December.