2015 annual review – Skeptical Raptor

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!



The Original Skeptical Raptor
Chief Executive Officer at SkepticalRaptor
Lifetime lover of science, especially biomedical research. Spent years in academics, business development, research, and traveling the world shilling for Big Pharma. I love sports, mostly college basketball and football, hockey, and baseball. I enjoy great food and intelligent conversation. And a delicious morning coffee!