1720 to go!

I’m very stoked, as I’m approaching my Life Goal of 50,000 subscribers to this site. As of this morning, we have this:

At this rate, it won’t be long (perhaps by the end of the year), and then I can die a happy man. BTW, I’m not responsible for that odious word bl*g above.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    It won’t be long yeah

  2. BobTerrace
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I guess you will do it honestly instead of like Trump who added a couple million fake followers to his twitter account the other day.

    • Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Any info on who it was he wanted to out-do?

      • BobTerrace
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

        Being he considers himself a major deity, he’s probably trying to undo the minor deities.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        Might be the pope?!

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Odd, I thought all of Trump’s followers were fake. What other kind does he have?

  3. Beth A Purkhiser
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! I’ll give you a share.

  4. Posted June 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m a sucker for wanting to make Jerry happy, but more than this, the posts here are important contributions to society–biology, public health, psychology, ethics, evolution, and more. In one venue or another, I don’t think a day has passed in two years where I didn’t have something of Jerry’s floating through my head. Thus, I’ve been promoting his website, telling folks to read and, when he mentions it, to subscribe.

    I’m a fan!

  5. Lee Beringsmith
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    As for the dieing a happy man, please don’t plan on doing that anytime soon, we need you as a bit of sanity in this crazy world.

  6. rickflick
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    You’ll have to come up with a suitable celebratory gesture. I think if it was me I’d cloister with a few friends and enjoy some really good food with a great wine.

  7. Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m still clearly a newbie to this, how do you have just under 11,000 followers here and just under 50,000 on your site? What is this madness? 🙂

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Where are you seeing “just under 11,000 followers” Sam? Do you mean hits on this post perhaps not followers? [you write “here” & “on your site” as if two different places]

      I also note the dates on your WordPress site will [future tense] Dr. Who proud! 🙂 Nice pics BTW

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

        add in “make” before “Dr.”

      • Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        When I am on WordPress reader, I see a different count to when I click ‘Visit Site’ and see the follower total on the actual webpage… Not that I want to take away from such an achievement, I just still have a lot to learn here. Thank you! However my apologies, I do not watch Dr Who however I want to know what you meant by that! Maybe I have had too much wine…

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

          I understand now. In WordPress reader I see “10,988 followers” & if I click unfollow & reload the reader the figure changes to “10,987”

          That number is only the people who follow via a WordPress account they’ve opened [I think]. Most people read here via other methods e.g I don’t follow in WordPress usually [but it puts me as a follower without my permission around once a week!] because I use an RSS reader – Inoreader in my case which is easier to manage because I can put non-Wordpress sites in there too. I usually read in Inoreader so I’m not always visible to WordPress.

          Jerry’s 50,000 followers is meaningless because followers aren’t all readers & readers aren’t all followers [Wordpress can’t see the latter at all] – around 25% of unique visits here are via Google for example & this site peaks at about 120,000 visits per month. Here’s the Alexa stats: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com

          re Dr. Who: The dates on ALL your site’s posts is June 2nd 2017. I suppose a setting isn’t enabled somewhere

          • Posted June 3, 2017 at 6:13 am | Permalink

            Ah, thanks for elaborating (regarding both), that makes more sense and I will look at that, I never noticed that on my blog. I will check it out…

  8. nwalsh
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I do hope when that milestone is reached you don’t decide to pack it in?

  9. Don Mackay
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    What’s with all this dying stuff: are you hiding something from your followers?
    You seemed pretty fit on your visit to New Zealand, recently.

  10. Posted June 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    It amuses me no end that you tell odious individuals to ‘f’ off and then ‘worry’ about getting to 50k followers. And fair enough it It is your ‘lounge’ and is to be respected as such. The more who crowd it the more encouraging it seems for rationality and reason, not necessarily but a good sign.

    • rickflick
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Amusing it may be, but think about it. Some sites are not monitored in any way and become obnoxious slug fests. Not cool.

    • Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      I doubt if PCC(E) is worried. He probably won’t lose any sleep if he misses the goal.

  11. Posted June 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully after the INR conference you’ll exceed that target, PCC(E). Have a wonderful time there.

  12. Igor
    Posted June 2, 2017 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    I come here all the time, I mean almost daily,but how do I become a follower/subscriber to the blo…eh i mean web site?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm | Permalink


      In the left sidebar…

      Just below where it’s written “Join 48,xxx other followers”
      I suppose you enter your email address in the box
      And click the “Sign me up!” button below that box


  13. Posted June 3, 2017 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    Calling this website a blog is deadnaming.

  14. Wunold
    Posted June 3, 2017 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Does the site count RSS feed readers as well? I am one of those.

  15. Posted June 3, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I was excited to find my WordPress site has a follower the other day. When I clicked on the link to find out who it was, it turned out to be me.

  16. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    The prime factors of 1720 are:

    2, 2, 2, 5, 43
    which is the same as:
    2^3 X 5 X 43

    Tree view:

    / \
    2 860
    / \
    2 430
    / \
    2 215
    / \
    5 43



    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted June 6, 2017 at 5:52 am | Permalink

      … I had high hopes for my spaces … alas.

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