No one cares, but for the record (which will never be consulted), this is our humble blog’s 3,500th post. This was Number 3,000, and before that Number 2,500, and before that Number 2,000, and before that Number 1,500, and before that Number 1,000, and before that Number 500 (approximately), and before that, this was Post Number One — Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design.
None of that is important, so feel free to use the comments section as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. But before we leave you, we’re going to toss in some other irrelevant stuff.
Probably no one pays attention to Technorati any more, but they rank this humble blog among the top 100 science blogs on the internet. A few weeks ago they had us around number 25 or so; this week we’re in the 40s. The ranking bounces around, often wildly, and there are times when they ignore us for months at a stretch. We don’t think any of that means very much, but we take a look every now and then.
We have some other housekeeping news. In about a week or so, the cumulative total for our humble blog will go over 1.8 million page-views. “Hits” are greater than page-views, because that figure (which we don’t know) includes loading graphics and such. “Visitors” is lower than page-views, because the typical visitor looks at more than one page. A couple of months ago, WordPress started reporting the number of visitors on a daily basis. We get over 3,000 per week, and once more than 6,000. As with all blogs, only a small fraction of visitors leave comments, and those who do are the greatest part of this place.
There’s no pretense of accuracy about those numbers because we also have RSS subscribers and there are readers who use other methods. Anyway, page-views are important in the blogosphere because that’s what advertisers care about. Your Curmudgeon receives nothing from advertisers (any ads you see here benefit WordPress, not us), so we don’t care about page-views or other statistics. That’s why we do nothing — absolutely nothing — to puff up our traffic. Most bloggers would consider this place to be a high-volume blog, but for the big guys out there our traffic is trivial. We don’t care; we do what we do here because we enjoy it.
This blog’s fifth anniversary is coming on 02 April. We’ll probably use that occasion to babble a bit more about this irrelevant stuff. Until then, we’ll keep blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.
While we’re off-topic, in accordance with your Curmudgeon’s non-judgmental, sensitive, and compassionate nature we post the following:
And we have to conclude with this:
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