Today, 02 April 2016, is the Eighth Anniversary of the start of this blog, when our first post appeared: Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design.
Last year’s anniversary post was was number 5,035. This one is number 5,703. We’ve added 668 posts to our humble blog during the past year.
Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 3.35 million page-views. Now we have almost 4 million — well, it’s only 3.965 million. That doesn’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting.
Traffic has been down a bit this past year. We attribute that partly to Google. They’ve been slow to index our posts. But there’s the more important fact that news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past — and that’s a good thing. However, it means that there’s less news for us to write about.
Let’s look on the bright side of all those slow news days. No new creationist legislation has been enacted, despite the Discoveroids’ efforts. Our blog may have a few less viewers each day, but the Discoveroids appear to be really suffering. And there’s been almost no creationist litigation — except for Hambo’s Ark. Well, the Mark Armitage case is still alive, but it doesn’t generate any news. It’s scheduled for a settlement conference in July. There’s also an appeal pending of a creationist suit in Kansas which was dismissed at the trial court level. They’re trying to invalidate the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards for that state’s schools. Briefs have been filed, and now we’re waiting for a decision. It’s all ho-hum stuff for now, but we’re not complaining.
Last year at this time we were concerned that we’d have to move the blog somewhere else, because Word Press had launched a stripped-down new editor named Beep Beep Boop, and the original editor — although still available — was becoming increasingly difficult to access. Since then they’ve replaced Beep Beep Boop with a different editor, which isn’t much better. Although it’s clumsy to get to, the old editor is still available, so we haven’t had to move — not yet.
And so we begin our ninth year of 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.
Because this post contains no news, go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Say what you will, beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!
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