Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I have two birthdays, though only as a scribbler. The first is my “Psychological Comments” blogspot birthday, 22nd November 2012, and the second is 12 December 2016, when I joined Unz.com. My republican sentiments, in the French rather than American sense of that word, suggest that as a good citizen I must eschew this plurality of procreative obsequiences and elect one of them, so I have transitioned to the latter date. It will be more modest to have only one birthday, and will simplify the statistics. It also allows me, with the tolerance currently accorded to deluded persons, to decide that my year has transitionally stretched from 22 November 2016 to 12 December 2017. Why not? How dare you question my deep chronological convictions?
By my 4th Blog Birthday on 22 November I had achieved 1,018,000 pageviews and by the time I moved to unz.com on 12 December 2016 it finished at 1,044,000. Five thousand of those pageviews were probably caused by unz.com hoovering up all my previous posts, but even machines can learn as they flick through the pages, can’t they? Pedants should knock that number off. In fact, the blog rattled on for readers who had not heard of my move, so by January 2017 it had reached 1,098,000, a clear instance of cultural lag.
Perhaps those readers were in fact lonely bots who had developed refined tastes after imbibing four years of my wisdom. Anyway, I am calling my blogspot total as a midpoint 1,071,000.
At Unz.com I had 25,991 pageviews in December 2016, and now the total for 2017 up until yesterday 12 December 2017 is 395,125 so my Unz year is a total of 421,116. My 5 year total is 1,492,116, which is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. These things are not precise, so you can call it “one and a half million” if you wish to recruit new readers, and don’t mind a little salesmanship.
Here are some more results:
Top 20 posts
Top 10 readership nations
Last year I said:
I have written 755 posts over these 4 years. I have achieved more readers than I imagined possible. Getting over a million page views is a big deal for me. I am sure that my blog has been read more in 4 years than my publications in 48 years.
Now I say:
I have written 840 posts over 5 years, and got 1,492,000 pageviews, more than I ever expected.
Ron Unz told me something I did not know, which was that in the first 4 years of blogging I had written 600,000 words. I had not intended to.
My four years of 1,018,000 page views divided by 755 posts gave me 1348 views per post.
This Unz year has given me 421,116 pageviews divided by 82 posts, thus 5135 views per post. It seems my lethargy has been rewarded. More startling, when a post is popular it climbs to readership levels I have never before attained. 22,540 for example. The World’s IQ got 825 comments, a record for me.
What is missing from the statistics so far? In the past I saw no need to mention the comments as a separate category. I valued those I got, but the blogspot comment function was not that easy to use, and had a distressing habit of losing everything when you wanted to submit your remarks. Given the difficulty of leaving comments, I was proud of the fact that my popular post on the 7 Tribes of Intellect had received an all-time record of 63 comments. The total of the top 10 all-time comments came to 282 and even allowing two comments for every one of the other 745 posts I ever wrote, that would be a 4 year total of 1800 at the very most. How does this compare with my year at Unz? Here I have received 8,400 comments, and those comments amount to an impressive 1,141,898 words.
Looking at the figure, it all seems simple. Pageviews have show a steady and rapid increase. Twitter followers have shown a steady but mild increase. The number of posts has decreased somewhat, though they may have all been a bit longer. Comments and particularly comment words have increased very sharply. Thank you to readers.
Moving to Unz has been a strange experience. I have spent much more time reading comments. I have not always understood them, and have had to follow the links and learn new things. On Unz as a whole there are many postings way outside my sphere of knowledge and comfort zone. There are many which are critical of the concept of intelligence, or intelligence testing, and I have engaged with some of them, but by no means all of them. Live and let live.
I have maintained all my operating rules as before: almost every author whose work I comment upon is sent an email with a link to the post and an invitation to A) correct any errors immediately and B) to make longer and more general comments, often in the form of an “Author Replies” posting. Why do I not invite comment from all authors? In a very few cases I think that my pointing out a particularly critical posting might be tantamount to harassment, so discretion is best.
When commentators point out an error I have thanked them for it, and have put in the correction as soon as possible. Probably, we should show in the text that a correction has been made, but that is evident from the comments.
Ron Unz and I agreed that moderation of comments would be extremely light. If someone was really intending to foment violence would drop them, but otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think. Although it is entirely up to you, if you find that a fellow commentator has made an egregious error, try to be a little kinder as you bring them back to the path of righteousness. Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts? That way you can correct their errors quickly, without incurring their understandable wrath when you question their mental ability.
I hope commentators will keep giving their views, kindly or otherwise.
Now to the future. I have a long list of intended posts, and a backlog of papers which need to be read. All in good time. Life has other distractions, and even while keeping blogging, I will continue to enjoy them.