Some tips on creating a useful blog for beginners

1) Blog post title should be self explanatory

2) Use categories and tags for better navigation

3) Use a theme which attracts not distracts

4) Simple language in blog writing works best

5) Useful blogs get more traffic than autobiographical blogs. Unless you are a celebrity.

6) People who enjoy writing blogs create better blogs

7) Writing a blog  is like jogging. Do it every day , even when its boring and painful. or Do it as much as your schedule permits.


Tatvic bets on R

Tatvic, a up and coming startup founded by an ex-Trilogy colleague, has helped with the R for Google Analytics package. While Tatvic is into heavy duty web analytics, they are betting big on R, and using it for Web Analytics. David Smith, most excellent blogger-de-chief in R universe has blogged on them before here

Here is an upcoming seminar on R in Web Analytics.

Click here

From this webinar, you will get to know:

  • What is R and why should you use this tool? How to extract your Web Analytics data into R?
  • How to build a predictive model using web analytics data with the help of R?
  • How predictive modelling can take your analysis to the next level?
  • How to carry out insightful analysis through visualization?

Who should attend: Every web analyst who wants to take his analysis to the next level.

ps- Hat tip to Caroline  A

httR by Hadley #rstats

The awesome Hadley Wickham has just released the next version of httr package. Prof Hadley is currently on leave from Rice Univ and working with the tremendous geeks at R Studio . New things in the httr package-

httr, a package designed to make it easy to work with web APIs. Httr is a wrapper around RCurl, and provides:

  • functions for the most important http verbs: GET, HEAD, PATCH, PUT, DELETE and POST.
  • support for OAuth 1.0 and 2.0. Use oauth1.0_token and oauth2.0_token to get user tokens, and sign_oauth1.0 and sign_oauth2.0to sign requests. The demos directory has six demos of using OAuth: three for 1.0 (linkedin, twitter and vimeo) and three for 2.0 (facebook, github, google).

I especially like the OAuth functionality as I occasionaly got flummoxed with existing R OAuth packages , and this should hopefully lead to awesome new social media analytics posts by the larger R blogger community. Also given the fact that unauthenticated API requests to Twitter are greatly expanded by OAuth authenticated requests- (see )

  • Unauthenticated calls are permitted 150 requests per hour. Unauthenticated calls are measured against the public facing IP of the server or device making the request.
  • OAuth calls are permitted 350 requests per hour and are measured against the oauth_token used in the request.


some creative use cases should see an incredible amount of cross social media analysis (not just one social media channel ) at a time.

R for Social Media Analytics ? Watch this space.. ;)