(Note from Ken Smith, web grunt here at Bageant Central.)
Joe is taking a short break from writing, so I'm using this opportunity to explore a technical issue. This may be of interest only to a small percentage of Joe's online readers. Or, we might be surprised to learn that many people want to read Joe's essays on mobile devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Nokia and other handhelds.
I recently installed a new traffic counter called Clicky. Among many other things, Clicky tracks the total and type of mobile phones accessing this site. I was surprised to learn that on some days up to 2% of the traffic is coming from mobile devices, and two-thirds of those are site visits from Apple iPhones. The 30-day average of readers accessing this site on mobile devices is about 1.5%. This is a surprisingly high percentage, considering that the site is not optimized for the smaller screens.
So, we are testing two systems that optimize this site for mobile.