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I’m very pleased to report that our small webzine once again broke records last month, both in total readership and in comments. Steve Sailer’s results were particularly impressive, with his April comment total coming in nearly 2,000 above his previous March record, a truly remarkable result given that the time period was one day shorter. Taken together, our commentariat—often very well informed and almost always contentious—are now providing us with 50,000 words of opinionage every day, a figure which has almost tripled during during the last year. All these website metrics are now considerably higher—sometimes vastly higher—than were those at The American Conservative at the time of my departure nearly two years ago.
These general trends of growing readership and visibility were spearheaded by the publication of a particularly noteworthy item, a 6,000 word personal profile of prominent evolutionary biologists written by Prof. Robert Trivers, whose own seminal work in that field stretches back decades. That article landed at the very top of the prestigious Arts & Letters Daily website, a singular achievement given all the competing longform pieces from The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and every other mainstream publication in the country, while also being tweeted out many hundreds of times, including by such leading luminaries as Steve Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and Charles Murray.
We have certainly come a long way in a short time, all thanks to our contributors, whose scintillating and controversial perspectives have demonstrated that neither ideological monochromaticity nor blandness is required for the success of a webzine.
Given these successes, I am planning to expand the coverage of The Review in coming weeks, while also hoping to finally begin spending more time on my own research and writing.
I will also be making a few enhancements and modifications to the software design of the website, especially the Mobile version, and would welcome any suggestions or other input.