This is our humble blog’s 5,500th post. No one cares, especially our regular readers who have been through these things before, but we’re announcing it anyway. Why? We don’t really know, but it’s what we do every 500 posts.
Here is the list of our prior numerical milestones: This was Number 5000, and before that Number 4,500, and before that Number 4,000, and before that Number 3,500, and before that 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.
Now what? We’ll give you some statistics. The cumulative total of page-views for our humble blog is about a week away from 3.8 million. It was 3.3 million at post 5000. Traffic has been a bit lower than usual the past few months, which is understandable considering the lack of news about creationist litigation, and the fact that there are no legislative battles going on. State legislatures get started up after the first of the year, and one never knows when some loon will start an interesting courtroom battle.
“Page-views” is a statistic of interest to advertisers, of whom we have none. We pay WordPress to keep the place ad-free. Because your Curmudgeon receives nothing from advertisers, we don’t worry about statistics. Besides, page-view numbers don’t tell the whole story. They don’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us in various ways without actually visiting here, but we think they add another 20% to our readership.
The cumulative total of comments here just went over 75,000. It was 65,000 at post 5000. That’s roughly 2% of the page-views, which is better than most blogs experience. We’re always delighted to hear from you, because it’s your input that keeps us doing what we do.
Now it’s time for an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. You know the rules, and you know about our profanity filters. But before we throw open the comments, we’ll conclude with a warning, followed by our famous guarantee of quality:
And now the quality guarantee:
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