Year-end website statistics

Every December 31, WordPress sends me a summary of the year’s statistics for this site, which I’ll include here for your information.

The Mother Teresa post continues to be the most popular I’ve ever posted (over 300,000 views on one day) a bit depressing since it’s was simply my summary of someone else’s paper that critical of Mother Teresa. It was originally posted here on March 5, but got all the views on July 8, when someone put it on reddit. Nevertheless, Catholics continue to find me and beleaguer me with both private emails and angry posts (which I delete) decrying me for besmirching the nun’s reputation.

Visits:

Numbers

Worldwide readership:

I have replaced their yearly summary of country views with the one on my dashboard, which is more informative. For obvious reasons the greatest readership is in Anglophone countries; but except for three countries in central Africa, we have them all.

I’m particularly curious about the two views from North Korea, where there is no international internet access. It must be Kim Jong Un—though I’ve published nothing on basketball.

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Here, from my own states, are the countries from which we got fewer than 10 views. LOL: we got eight from Vatican City!

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And, finally, no surprise here:

#3

Finally, a stat from today’s Amazon that pleases me immensely, especially since my book is four years older than Meyer’s ID screed. Suck it up, Discovery Institute:

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76 Comments

  1. Pete Moulton
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    “Bl*g?” What is this “bl*g”?

  2. Stephen
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    I wonder if those North Korea views could be false positives in some way.

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      Could be. Dennis Rodman looking at kitteh posts, perhaps?

      • Hempenstein
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        If NK drops to zero in 2014, then maybe it was his uncle who visited us twice in ’13.

        • gravityfly
          Posted January 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

          Ha! Good one!

          • Diane G.
            Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:08 am | Permalink

            +1

  3. Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Diana clearly has way too much time on her hands! ;-)

    /@

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Ha ha! I learned so much about free will in those discussions. I hadn’t fully formed my ideas until I participated in them. I guess I participated a lot. :)

      • Achrachno
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

        I barely manage to keep up with reading everything let alone commenting over 5000 times. Are you really a committee?

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

          I’m just always connected & either in front of a computer or phone.

      • Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink

        Congratulations are in order then, Diana.
        I’m surprised you edged out Ben! :)

        Thanks for your well-considered comments on the serious issues and the very fun comments on the lighter issues.

        I’ve learned a lot from all the other great readers/commenters here, including the Fabulous Five, listed above. And as for the Fanciful Faithfuls (the believers), I’ve reminded how mentally afflicted they really are.

        • Kevin
          Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

          Agreed. Keeping the mind sharp includes reading popular commenter remarks on WEIT. Part of daily education and perspective…everyone needs perspective.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 1, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

          I probably had so many comments because at least half of them are “oops sub” or “please ignore (insert grammar mistake”.

          • Gregory Kusnick
            Posted January 1, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

            Indeed, simply subscribing to every thread in the past year would have been enough to make it into the top five commenters.

            • gbjames
              Posted January 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

              You’ve exposed my trick!

              • gravityfly
                Posted January 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

                LMAO!

              • Posted January 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

                Hahaha…. so is that what all the +1s really mean?

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted January 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

                +1 :D

        • Posted January 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

          Well then, let me correct my own grammar …. “I’m reminded”, not what I typed. :P

      • Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

        Diana, you should tell me how you manage that! I don’t think I have managed that number on all the blogs I follow combined!
        Happy new year
        And congratulations Prof Ceiling Cat

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

          It’s all the time I have on my hands. :D

          • Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

            That’s really a lot of time.

    • Sastra
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      And all 5 top commenters are ‘top’ commenters — meaning intelligent, thoughtful favorites. Not a troll amongst them! ;)

      • Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        From you, Sastra, that’s a real compliment!

        /@

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Sastra!

      • gbjames
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

        Trolls don’t have much of a survival record on WEIT. Which is one of the reasons we enjoy it so much.

      • Diane G.
        Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

        Whoa, is there any way to bronze this?

        What Ant said!

        If it were quality, not quantity, Sastra would have most of us lapped several times.

        • HaggisForBrains
          Posted January 2, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

          +1
          (not to disparage the Famous Five in any way)

  4. Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Greetings from Curaçao! I read your blog everyday. :-)

  5. Max
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Two from North Korea? Well now we know why Kim Jong Un’s uncle was executed. I wonder which article he read.

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      I was going to ask about that! Dr.C, are you able to see if the North Korean readership has receded to 1?

      • Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

        The year’s views don’t go down when a viewer is killed! We’ll see what happens next year.

        • Posted January 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

          Oh yes, of course. Are there stats on monthly viewership? It’s just a curiousity, of course. Can’t accurately/realistically correlate this sort of situation.

  6. Billy Windsock
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Why does the Falkland Islands have Malvinas in brackets?
    Virginia doesn’t have CSA in brackets.
    Just wondered.

  7. gbjames
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised that Vatican City only shows up with eight views. I would think they’d pay more attention to the competition.

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they do, but they probably get the WEIT articles in print.

      • Sastra
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

        On parchment, written with quills.

        The margins are beautiful, however.

  8. Merilee
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    No crunchy frog ( for those of us who live for hunting and acting)?

  9. Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    “I’m particularly curious about the two views from North Korea”.
    It must be b/c they were gathering evidence for the DPRNK denouncement of Jerry Coyne. :)

    • Richard Olson
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      Is this some Onion sort of site, or did I just place myself high on an NSA surveillance list?

    • Marella
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      A denunciation generator, awesome!

  10. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Concats!

    But – where is Antarctic? A whole continent is missing on WP’s map.

    *What has penguins against cats!?*

  11. Robert Seidel
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Yes – and why’s Svalbard shown as white? Last time I looked, it belonged to Norway.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      Don’t the Russians still operate a coal mine there and claim partial sovereignty?

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted January 2, 2014 at 2:30 am | Permalink

        in which case it still oughta not be white…

  12. Patrick Webb
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Congrats Jerry and WEIT faithful. Here’s to wishing everyone a great 2014.

    • gbjames
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Something’s not quite kosher with that phrasing.

      • Nilou Ataie
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

        Pray tell.

        • gbjames
          Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

          Most of us here view faith as something best abandoned.

          • Nilou Ataie
            Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

            I was sharing in on some religiously inspired language humor, lol. Of course faith is best left not practiced. Belief in the absence of evidence is not a virtue, any thinking person should see that.

            • gbjames
              Posted January 2, 2014 at 6:10 am | Permalink

              Sorry… I missed that your tongue was in your cheek. A hazard on The Internet!

          • Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

            Abandon All Faith, Ye Who Enter Here…

            Mwahahahaha!

          • Posted January 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

            Amen to that!

  13. keith jameson
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I’m merely a reader here but I ‘do it’ daily; couldn’t do without it. I’m endlessly amazed by the expertise and ready intelligence so freely on tap. Thanks to everybody and a happy new year to all.

  14. Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    “we got eight from Vatican City”

    Interest in the calendar?

    • gbjames
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      lol

    • Sastra
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      I’m surprised there weren’t more views from the Vatican, given the popularity of the slam on Mother Teresa.

      Sometimes people in the religion profession can be more sympathetic and welcoming to atheists and atheism than one might expect. This seems to be because:

      1.) As people who are highly interested in the truth and details of a topic, it can be quite wearying, annoying, and or dismaying to keep encountering fellow believers who show little to no interest in the same thing, all while assuming a mantel of deep piety. Their Catholic faith is the most important thing in their life — but they’re not really sure about the specifics and don’t care. Borrring.

      Atheists are a refreshing change. We disagree, sure — but at least we take the topic seriously. We listen to them carefully and respond on point as well as we can. There’s something much more honest about arguing against the existence of God as a hypothesis than simply accepting it as a moral obligation — with only a token consideration of the pros and cons. Some religious professionals respect it (and want an audience which also does.)

      2.) I suspect that deep study of theology and religious scholarship often leads to atheism. So closet atheists — or folks who cloak atheism in deliberately ambiguous spiritual language — might get a vicarious thrill from seeing some plain speaking for a change.

      Of course, many religious people who hang out in atheist forums insist they only do so to strengthen their faith, as our arguments are so cheap, shallow, and laughable — but I shan’t dignify this rationale with a number (well okay, yes I will … it’s #3.)

      • gbjames
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        “… deep study of theology and religious scholarship often leads to atheism…”

        Hence, The Clergy Project.

  15. John Taylor
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I got a copy of WEIT for Christmas and gave a copy of WEIT (not the same copy) to my brother for his birthday two days later. I also bought my brother a copy of The Demon Haunted World for Christmas and my dad bought me the same book for my birthday two days later. Crazy stuff.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      Sounds as if I’d like the Taylors!

  16. Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    And from Kenya, the cradle of mankind we send greetings and wish you and all your readers a prosperous 2014 and years to come

  17. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    but except for three countries in central Africa, we have them all.

    Ah. Unfortunately since all of them are land-locked, and I’m assigned to a deepwater rig, I don’t think I’ll be able to help there.
    I suspect I’ve hauled up the stats for Benin though.

  18. Marella
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    WOW! Nine million views! That’s brilliant! May I take this opportunity to thank Jerry, Matthew, and all the commenters who make this website such a joy to read, for putting in the time and effort to make it happen. I love you guys. Happy New Year!

    • Marella
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      BTW whatever views you got from Vanuatu were probably me! The connection was terrible or there would have been more.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink

      Heartily seconded!

  19. Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I was surprised to read in Andrew Sullivan’s round up of his top posts of the year that his best of 2013 got 275,000 views, less than Jerry’s 300,000! I was astonished that such a popular site, with not infrequent national media attention, would be bested by Jerry. This may say more about the fickle nature of viral popularity than anything else, however. Both Jerry and I suspect that Andrew’s daily views average exceeds WEIT’s.

    G.C. Mayer (I’ve never before commented under Ceiling Cat’s ID except when I have authored the post, but I’m in the middle of writing a longish post, and I didn’t want to cycle twice through log out/log in, hence the fuller signature here at the end of the comment.)

    • gbjames
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      Likely this is because Sullivan doesn’t allow comments.

  20. Dominic
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to all ;)
    especially Diana. I would be higher had I the internet (internerd is what I wanted to type) at home…

  21. Diane G.
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    2,010 posts for the year amazes me. I’d never thought to multiply out the average posts/day to a yearly sum. I know JAC didn’t produce every one of them, but certainly most–how prodigious!

    Also, sorta explains where all my time goes…

  22. Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    WOW! Nine million views! That’s brilliant! May I take this opportunity to thank Jerry, Matthew, and all the commenters who make this website such a joy to read, for putting in the time and effort to make it happen.


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