Today, 02 April 2017, is the Ninth 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 5,703. This one is number 6,374. We’ve added 671 posts to our humble blog during the past year.
If you’re a new reader, you may be wondering what it is that do we do here. In a nutshell, we ridicule creationism. Why? We explained that in The Infinite Evil of Creationism. Except for occasional (and unpopular) digressions into politics, we avoid almost all other hot topics — like abortion and alternate life styles. We don’t even talk much about climate change — not because we’re in denial, but because we don’t know the subject well enough, so we leave it to others.
Although creationists like to claim otherwise, our disdain for creationism isn’t atheism. This isn’t an atheist blog. We have no problem with denominations that don’t reject science, like those in the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution.
We also try to keep our discourse at a civilized level. We don’t use coarse language and we try to keep it out of your comments. We ridicule creationists’ ideas and arguments, but we don’t ridicule creationists themselves — at least not with personal insults. The only exception to our self-imposed rule of “no personal attacks” is in the case of politicians. We are unrestrained (but linguistically moderate) in our criticism of those who labor to impose ignorance and theocracy upon the rest of us.
There are millions of blogs out there. We’ve seen estimates of well over 100 million blogs. So how are we doing? Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 3.965 million page-views. As we write this, we’re a few days away from 4.5 million. That doesn’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting. Annual traffic used to be higher. We attribute that partly to Google, which has been slow to index our posts, but it’s also because news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past. That’s a good thing, but there’s less news for us to write about.
When we say “less news,” what we mean is that for the last year or so, there’s been almost no creationist litigation to write about. And no new creationist legislation has been enacted, despite the Discovery Institute’s’ efforts — at least none based on their anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act. Kitzmiller put a legal dagger (or wooden stake) through the heart of the Discoveroids.
And so we begin our tenth 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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