Propelled by the national furor surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, September was easily a record-breaking month for The Review, with our webzine falling just shy of 3 million pageviews, and October has been very strong as well.
Over the last three or four months, our publication has gained considerable ground, partly due to my very popular American Pravda series, and according to the Alexa.com rankings, we now have two-thirds the website traffic of The New Republic, a venerable publication whose origins stretch back more than a century. Just over a year ago, TNR had well over 300% of our readership, but now it is ahead by merely 50%. Meanwhile, we have easily surpassed several prominent and long-time stalwarts of the alternative Left and the alternative Right, with our recent daily traffic now 150% that of Counterpunch and 250% the level of Takimag.
There are clearly advantages to being willing to take on all sorts of extremely controversial topics that other publications, both liberal and conservative, are completely unwilling to touch.
On a personal note, I was very pleased to see that The New York Times recently mentioned the crucial role played by my 2012 article The Myth of American Meritocracy in launching the current lawsuits regarding the existence of Asian Quotas at Harvard and other Ivy League universities, and that the Times even generously provide a direct link to the copy on our webzine, bringing in thousands of new readers. This led me to publish a follow-up article, noting that very few of the prominent scholars and journalists who had praised my analysis were willing to discuss those of my findings they privately regarded as the most astonishing and important.
In a separate article, The New York Times did sharply criticize claims that any aspects of high human intelligence might be associated with genetic differences or even that the concept of race has any scientific validity, and specifically denounced The Review for promoting such heretical notions. Our ace blogger Steve Sailer responded at length to this doubtful critique, drawing considerable traffic and hundreds of comments for his rebuttal.
Given these several successes, I think some expansion of our small webzine is warranted, and I’d also like to try to foster the creation of a corresponding UR community.
Another important goal would be to try to make our publication a little more financially self-sustaining, but without the irritating advertisements or paid-content walls that are a terrible blight on many websites and therefore remain totally unacceptable to me.
Over the years, numerous supporters have suggested that I establish some system for allowing contributions, but implementing these always seemed too inconvenient to be worth the effort, although our individual bloggers do take donations. But I recently became aware of an easy-to-use crowd-funding platform called Patreon, which allows supporters to set up automatic monthly payments to a webzine, and I’ve decided to try offering it as an experiment.
Even aside from the financial benefits, it would be very nice for us to have clear proof that a reasonable number of our regular readers are willing to demonstrate their personal commitment to our publication, which provides the sort of Far Left and Far Right views totally excluded from the regular media and rarely found anywhere else.
The minimum amount for Regular Members would be $10 per month, which should not be too onerous for most individuals to handle, though we urge those in difficult financial circumstances not to strain their budgets. Pledging this amount will make you an official member of the UR Community, and give you direct access to the Patreon UR Community Forum, which we will soon initiate.
Those willing to pledge $20 per month or more will be granted Silver Membership, allowing them access to the Discord text and voice messaging system associated with our Patreon community.
Over the years, various commenters have asked for a means of easily communicating with each other outside of a comment-thread and I think this new system may fill this need. I’m rather old-fashioned myself and have never used Discord—or even regular text-messaging—but I’ve generally heard favorable things about it.
Obviously, pledges larger than $20 per month will also be very welcome.
Our initial goal is to accumulate total pledged support of $2,000 per month, which should not be unreasonably difficult given that our webzine currently attracts many tens of thousands of regular monthly readers.
The funds we raise will be used partly to support our existing writers and partly to expand our content offerings and circle of contributors, perhaps including additional forms of content.
Thanks again for your readership and your support, and please help us meet our Membership goals.