Skeptical Raptor website housekeeping – 3

I want to continue to thank all of you who clicked on the PayPal link on the left, and contributed to the running of this website. This may not be the most personal way to say thanks, I just didn’t want random emails ending up in your PayPal inbox.

Over the past few hours, I’ve undertaken what I thought was going to be a small update to the articles on this website, but it ended up being much much more.

Earlier today, I found out someone couldn’t find a particular article written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a frequent contributor here on vaccines, law, and a few other issues. These articles are complex and enlightening, and they are shared a lot over the internet. Because they are so useful.

To improve search results, I decided to slightly redesign my website to include her as a separate author. Google likes this. I like it. The world is in order.

Unfortunately, two things happened:

  1. Prior to May 2015, I was rather haphazard in how posts were written, and how I categorized Dorit’s articles. I had to take a few steps, like create her as an author on this website, then I thought I could just do a mass convert of her articles to her authorship. Nope, didn’t work that way. I had to do them one by one.
  2. By doing this one by one, I discovered a large number of SEO (search engine optimization) issues (I was really haphazard about that up until recently), image problems, and a whole bunch of stuff. I then re-edited all of her articles–which appears to be more than 50 of them.
  3. Stylistically, I changed how this articles appeared on the website. I tried to break down longer articles into sections with headers. I fixed image scaling, and removed excess images which cause all kinds of problems. It’s amusing to look at an article from about 12 months ago, compared to now. I was such an amateur. I had to convert all of Dorit’s old articles into the new style, which was fun.

All of this was a good thing. I have been wanting to clean up the SEO on my articles, but with nearly 900 posts over the past 4 years, that was not something I really wanted to do. So I’ve done 2-3 a week, when I felt like it. But now I fixed all of Dorit’s so that should help out in searches for her articles.

Because of the readership, the Skeptical Raptor website has had nearly 4,000,000 total views, there are more and more challenges to making the website professional looking. While still not appearing to be owned by Big Pharma. I know someone is going to miss the humor there.

Again, thanks for all of your support, whether monetarily or just by reading an article or two. And for those of you who are getting pinged by all the updates here, sorry. It’s for the long-term good. I hope.


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The Original Skeptical Raptor
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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!