At the end of every year I like to reflect on the year – here is my 2015 annual review of this website. December isn’t exactly a popular month for most blogs – unless it details how to wrap presents, or cook a great meal.
Wait, this year there are boatload of blogs talking about the new Star Wars movie. I should have written a review, but too many people complain about spoilers.
I started this blog in January 2012. My blog had like 100 page views that first month, and I was proud of that. It was just a hobby – I used WordPress, a cheap $15 a month web host, and my MacBook Pro. I had no clue what I was doing, and I just wrote about whatever hit my mind.
Today, this is a crazy business, but it’s still a hobby for me. I now get greater than 150,000 visits and page views every month. And $15 per month web hosts don’t cut it. I apparently kept crashing the server of my previous web host, and they wrote me a polite letter earlier this year which said “get the hell out of here.”
And I end up reading a bunch of papers every week, trying to get ideas to keep this place fresh. There are boatloads of skeptic and science blogs out there, and I want to do it differently. I want to be the snarky and amusing segment of the population of science blogs.
So what happened in 2015?
2015 annual review
In 2015, I published 253 articles. About 25% were republished from older articles. A lot of my older articles, from 2012 and 2013, are still viewed a lot, and I wanted to make sure they were up-to-date.
This year, I had over 1.3 million unique visitors and nearly 2 million page views. Given my monthly rate of visits for the last 3 months, I should hit about 2 million visitors and about 3 million page views in 2016.
Moreover, my articles have received over 4200 comments. But that’s highly variable, from 1 or 2 for some articles to hundreds for other ones. With lots of trolling from science deniers.
Probably I’ve come to the point where I can no longer manage this website as a hobby. I hate the thought of this “hobby” becoming a job, which will make it a lot less fun.
For the next few days I’m going to re-publish the top 12 most-viewed articles published on the Skeptical Raptor website for 2015. It’ll be fun.
And have a Happy Winter Solstice. No, that’s not a war on anything. I’m not Starbucks!