Looking back at 2008 and ahead to 2009

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Christmas is nearly upon us and it's traditional at this time of year to reflect on the year just passed, so inspired by this post on brothers-brick I thought I'd share some Brickset statistics.

The site has seen almost exactly a doubling of traffic since 2007. In 2008 there have been 35,173,212 (yes, that's 35 million) page views, 6,258,637 visits and 104,020,606 hits. This compares with 2007's figures of 18,065,605 views, 3,727,744 visits and 52,526,035 hits. (*)

In 2008 Brickset visitors wrote 7397 reviews, compared to 5491 in 2007.

Our top referring sites, excluding search engines which account for 90% of them, are:

I'm rather surprised by the number one site.

2009 is going to be a great year for LEGO and for Brickset. Over the last few months I have rewritten the entire site from scratch and very early in the New Year I will be launching it. I think you'll like it: It's not vastly different from the existing one but I've added loads of cool features, including the oft-requested ability to record how many of each set you own, which I think will be popular. It'll also be a more programatically robust system on which I can continue to build new features so once you see it, if there anything you think I could add, then I'll be happy to consider doing so.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support for Brickset: using its features, writing reviews and comments and last but not least buying your LEGO from LEGOshop.com via our links.

 

Huw

 

* Hits include images, stylesheets etc. visits are user sessions during which a single visitor will usually view more than one page, and page views are the hits on the actual html pages so are a more meaningful measure.

36 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I can't wait for 2009!But I felt that people wrote more reviews than 7397 reviews.Good-Bye 2008,Hello 2009!

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By in United Kingdom,

2009 is set to be a good year. Great job brickset. Here's to another great year!

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By in United States,

so what other new features arev you adding, huw?

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By in United States,

I'm way excited for the new brickset. It sounds cool :)

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By in United States,

I think brickset should add a forum to its features.

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By in United States,

I'm excited for the new Brickset! What's going to be new?

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By in United States,

Thank you for continuing to improve this website. I really enjoy it. I'm looking forward to the update.

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By in United States,

i just would like to wish you a very merry christmas to the gust, the brickset
members and huw.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for everything Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

@water jedi 17, you'll just have to wait and see :-)

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By in Slovakia,

great work so far!
those new features (at least the one about set amount recording) are highly appreciated!

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By in United States,

Cool , I can't wait. :P

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By in United States,

Brickset is one of the best LEGO databases out there. Glad to see it doing so well.

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By in United States,

I wonder if the new Brickset will remember all our reviews and recorded sets...? I hope it does; I have over 50 sets in My Sets!

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By in United States,

Oh, and I also agree with the forums, lettlelegoluke.

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By in United States,

Wow, congrats on the site growth. This really is a great place. Can't wait for 2009.

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By in United States,

I just joined a couple weeks ago, but I have been looking on here for a long time! I can't wait for the new website!
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By in United States,

Brickset is easily one of the best lego related websites ever made, and it's the definitive database for lego sets. Thanks for keeping this site running and giving us all such an awesome resource, Huw.

Can't wait until the new site launches! ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

@BionicleBOOM: all the data will be the same, everyone's collections and reviews will still be there.

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By in Philippines,

Hmm a forum? That would be a good idea.

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By in United States,

huw huw huw huw huw huw huw huw huw huw
I love the appearance of this website as it is quite easy on the eyes. This is one of the reasons this site is so easy to navigate.

The one change I would love to see could greatly benefit users such as myself who have logged many pages of set reviews and sets owned. It would be easier to see what sets I have reviewed if my review score was displayed on My Sets page. Maybe each review score can be diagrammed with the 1x1 plates that you use at the top of the page so that the score I gave it and the set's average score can be displayed with 1-5 1x1 plates or the smiley face system that is being used now can just be added to the My Sets section of Brickset.

Also, it takes a while to scroll through my sets pages and review pages because you can only navigate to the next or previous page. Why not set it up so you can click on page #'s like going through results of a search engine?

These are my only 2 suggestions (unless you are willing to add a forum) that I can make. The site is visually appealing and easy to read. Last year at this time you listened to our suggestions and added them to the site. I know this to be fact because last year I suggested color coding the comments so that you could easily see your own comments (pink) and the comments by the admins (yellow) and this has been a part of Brickset for a while now. This suggestion has made it easier for me to see what has been added to the comments since the last time I logged on and I thank you for listening to and implementing this idea.

Happy Christmas and a successful New Year!
bmwlego

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By in New Zealand,

Just a thought that would help me, not sure about others, but along with the 'how many of each set' could you prehaps add a feature where we can add notes to sets? I for one buy a bit of 2nd hand lego and bits are somtimes missing. So with noteswe could say somthing like '7163 Republic Gunship - missing one clone and one 2x6 plate' Just an idea...

Thanks so much for all your doing guys, this is really a great site, keep it up and THANKYOU

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By in United Kingdom,

@bmwlego,

> sets I have reviewed if my review score was displayed on My Sets page

I like that idea. It might complicate the database query considerably, though. I don't think it's something I'll get done before launch but I'll certainly look into it afterwards.

> Why not set it up so you can click on page #'s like going through results of a search engine?

That's already done :-)

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By in United States,

only 3 more days 2 nights until Christmas going out of controll if i get any lego on Christmas, im going to review them when im done building them/it

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By in United States,

whens the launch date for the new site

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By in United Kingdom,

A quick question: Where does the overall rating for a set come from, as it can't come from the reviews ratings?

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By in United States,

Cool! thanks Huw! The site is great (I am one of the new members ince 2008!) and 2009 will be even better! Awesome!

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By in United Kingdom,

@legoguysw,

The overall rating is calculated as the average of all the ratings + a balancing rating of 2.5, so if you rate a set 5/5 and that's the only rating its initial overall rating will be 5 + 2.5 / 2 = 3.75. If you rate it 1/5, it will be 1 + 2.5 / 2 = 1.75.

Doing it that way means that the number of ratings influences the overall rating in addition to the ratings themselves. Otherwise if a set gets a 1 rating of 5/5 and another gets 100 5/5s, they'd both have the same overall rating of 5/5 which clearly is not desirable. Doing it this way means the 1 rating of 5/5 results in an overall rating of 3.75 and 100 5/5s in an overall rating of 4.95.

I hope that's clear!

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By in United States,

sammy1:

That's an interesting idea. It would be cool to put our own notes.

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By in United States,

Thanks so much and this site always gets my vote as the best Lego site around. I am so happy that we finally get a feature to keep track of how many of each set we have...there are several I have multiples of due to what they came with or for populating a town. Can't wait to dig back through my instructions to re-log those. Thanks again so much for the hard work you do! Happy Holidays one and all!

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeah, I get it, thanks!
Why did Doctor Sinister's Dwarves Mine review get deleted? The last time i looked it was gone. I don't think it deserves to be number 1 set.

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By in United States,

Huw
Thanks for the response.
What I meant by being able to search your sets like a search engine results I meant being able to click through by page #, not next or previous or first or last. If page #'s were listed you could jump right to page 3 or 8 instead of clicking next 8 times. That would make browsing through your sets or pages tons easier.

Thanks again,
bmwlego

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By ,

Wow! Impressive stats indeed, Huw! Congrats on a successful 2008, and here's to an even better 2009.

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By in Canada,

bmwlego has a point, Huw.

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