Now: WEIT with 60K subscribers

I just noticed, at 5:10 Chicago time, that we had attained this goal:

Technically, it’s 60.001, since I’m following it, too, but I don’t count. Over 10 years, this means about 6,000 subscribers a year. I can’t hope for that pace to maintain itself, but if it does, in 7 more years (if I’m still alive), we’ll reach my dream goal of 100,000 subscribers. Then I can retire and raise ducks.

Oops. . . I just noticed it went back down to 59,999. Who’s the miscreant who unsubscribed?

46 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Big mazel on the big 6-0!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I was going to mention that 60K was getting close.

    We just had an afternoon storm here in Wichita about 4 pm DST. Maybe 4 inches of rain in about an hour plus a good hail storm with ping pong ball size hail. I think I will need a roof inspector.

  3. Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    You folks in Kansas seem to have been having a fair amount of bad weather this year.

    • Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      Meant for Randall

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted June 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

        Yes, it just will not stop raining. The hail is just an added entertainment.

      • Andrew
        Posted June 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

        Congrats! Great milestone.

  4. BobTerrace
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    It appears more that the ducks raise and train you. 🙂

  5. phar84
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    “Who’s the miscreant who unsubscribed?”

    Didn’t want you to reach 100k

  6. Charles Sawicki
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Then I can retire and raise ducks. Seems you have already achieved this goal!
    If you want to scale up, you’ll need a bigger pond.

  7. GBJames
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Prediction: WEIT will hit 100,000 within 5 years.

    • Posted June 18, 2019 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      One way is to have posts about Justin Bieber and the latest fad diets that Melt Off Those Pounds. I doubt Jerry will go there.

      • GBJames
        Posted June 19, 2019 at 7:05 am | Permalink

        Maybe after all of those posts about noms, we need something to melt off the pounds!

  8. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Who’s the miscreant who unsubscribed?“Would the person who is not here please raise their hand?”
    “If you can’t hear me, wave.”

  9. mallardbrad
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    CONGRATULATIONS!

  10. John Laughlin
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!!

  11. Tom
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    After years of reading the website, today I subscribed. Thanks for putting out so much interesting stuff!

  12. rickflick
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s back up to 60,002!

    • Posted June 18, 2019 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Not here; still 59,999! Oy!

      • BJ
        Posted June 18, 2019 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        The person who unsubscribed should get a free book just for being the ultimate troll 🙂

        Friendly reminder: a hell of a lot more people visit the site. I’m not a WordPress member, so I’m not subscribed. I imagine that’s the case for many (perhaps even most?) people.

        • Posted June 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

          The ONLY way I have of gauging readership, apart from comments and views (which are lower than before, perhaps due to people reading on phones) is the number of subscribers. I’m not sure whether you have to be a WordPress member to “subscribe’, though subscriptions appear to be managed by WordPress, but I’d respectfully suggest that if people are reading on their phones, and because I provide content for free, that it’s not very onerous to subscribe.

          Is it really too much to do that in return for all the free content?

          • Tom
            Posted June 19, 2019 at 12:32 am | Permalink

            I can confirm that you can subscribe without being a WordPress member, and that subscribing is not onerous at all.

          • Posted June 19, 2019 at 4:37 am | Permalink

            Before I had a WordPress account, I was subscribed by email. When I made my first comment (where you have to leave an email address anyway), I had the option to subscribe to the thread and/or to subscribe to the site. It was as onerous as ticking a check box.

            As I don’t remember ever unsubscribing my email address, it is possible that the 60,000 is counting me twice. Oops.

          • Posted June 19, 2019 at 7:39 am | Permalink

            Your wish is my command. Subscribed.

            -Ryan

          • BJ
            Posted June 19, 2019 at 9:30 am | Permalink

            It’s not about you or the content. I have as few subscriptions or connections to anything online as possible. I like to keep my information out of the subscriber/user storage banks of as many servers as possible. It’s a policy. Sorry.

          • BJ
            Posted June 19, 2019 at 9:31 am | Permalink

            Also, I keep my email inbox as clean as possible. I try my absolute best not to get emails about anything but business and family/friends. I wouldn’t want to receive emails about every new post, especially since I check the website many times a day 🙂

        • Posted June 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

          WordPress is free! What’s the deal? I’d pay to follow WEIT.

        • rickflick
          Posted June 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

          “I’m not subscribed” ?

          Your excuses ring hollow.

        • Posted June 19, 2019 at 1:26 am | Permalink

          You don’t need to have a WordPress account, you only need an email address; just stick it in the “subscribe” box.

          • Randall Schenck
            Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:50 am | Permalink

            That is the way I see it. And by the way, my email has changed since way back when I subscribed but I still have to use the old email for wordpress to accept. It seems to know I have two emails but only the old one works.

            • Nicolaas Stempels
              Posted June 19, 2019 at 10:33 am | Permalink

              I think I’m a subscriber, but not 100% sure.

  13. Debbie Coplan
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Glad to say, I’m a card carrying member!

  14. Posted June 19, 2019 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    I can’t hope for that pace to maintain itself

    Yes you can, as long as you continue to post interesting content, the more subscribers you have, the more exposure you will get (e.g. people posting links to your articles on other sites) and the higher the rate of new subscriptions.

    Obviously there is a saturation limit, but I really doubt you have found it yet.

  15. Stephen Mynett
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Should be 60,011 now. I rarely subscribe to sites but as this one is one of the best decided I would.

  16. Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Congrats on another milestone! Roll on 70k!

  17. davidintoronto
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    To leave a comment here, I thought one had to create a WordPress “account” – which I did, a few years back. But said account seems to work across various WordPress sites. Thus, I’m not sure that I’m actually “subscribed” (specifically) to WEIT. Also, I don’t do email notification.

    So perhaps folks like me (if there are any) are not counted among the 60K…?

  18. Reggie Cormack
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Good to see that you’re planning another 7 years of WEIT (at least). I’m not at all surprised the subscriptions keep rolling in as I’m sure most readers recommend this site to friends and family.

  19. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    “You are following this blog, along with 60,000 other amazing people.”

    I see us ordinary nondescript un-amazing people don’t count.

    But what puzzles me is, how WordPress can tell the difference.

    😎

    cr

    • GBJames
      Posted June 19, 2019 at 7:01 am | Permalink

      No doubt WordPress uses Google or Facebook AI tools to determine how many of us are amazing. Expect to see our comments converted to deep fake videos of us speaking soon.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted June 19, 2019 at 8:19 am | Permalink

        😎

  20. Posted June 19, 2019 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Jerry. One way to boost subscribers, and to reduce your workload at once could be more partnerships and curation/syndication — pick interesting people, like you do with Jesus and Mo, or with Sullivan and feature them every time they put something out, adding your thoughts (even if briefly), and leave the community here to discuss. Some good people have a lower frequency of content and often get drowned out, and they might appreciate when WEIT “subscribed” to their material.

    That’s of course just a suggestion. 🙂

  21. JB
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    “Nothing good in life is free.”

    Except this blog. I’m grateful that Jerry writes with more honesty, insight and wit than well-paid and widely-known writers. I hope you get to 100K my friend!

  22. Posted June 19, 2019 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    If it says “Congrats, you along with etc….60,000…” doesnt that mean there are 60001 subscribers?

  23. Brian M
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Plus one more.

  24. Matt
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jerry, I’m not a subscriber but I read and enjoy this blog regularly. Does this count?

  25. Andrea Kenner
    Posted June 22, 2019 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! 60,042 now.


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