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Friday, February 01, 2013

That settles that

The month-long experiment has come to an end.  The results are in.  I was more than a little curious about what sort of effect the end of my WND column would have on the blog.  After all, the blog only began as a sort of permanent mailbag to replace the little mailbags at the end of the column, and it initially became useful to me as a means of responding to multiple emails about the same column at once.  It was so effective in this regard that the numbers of emails I received about the current column eventually dropped from dozens per day to only a few per week despite the fact that the column readership grew considerably over the same period.

It seemed to make sense that because a lot of people originally first came to visit VP by way of WND, we would see a noticeable decline in the traffic here without my column there.  That didn't bother me, as traffic has never been a priority here and I assumed all the regulars would likely continue to swing by.  I was more than a little tired of fruitlessly attempting to advocate liberty to a crowd that was much less interested in it, on average, than in being in a position to dictate to the other half of the country.  That is why, at the end of the experiment yesterday, I was surprised to learn that after retiring my column on December 31, VP traffic not only did not decline last month, but increased to 630,860 Google pageviews, (895,311 combined with AG), up nearly 20 percent from the previous month. 

What happened?  It wasn't the SFWA presidential campaign that made the difference; there aren't that many SF/F writers in the first place and most of them don't pay any attention to the election.  A fair number of rabbits did come by the one day to show how they could hop on one foot and shake their fluffy little cottontails on command, but less than appear from a single Instalink.  Nor were there any Instalinks to VP in January to skew things upward, though there was one to AG.  What happened was that two weeks after seeing there were no negative effects on traffic from the end of the column, I added a link to VP from AG for the first time.  The unexpected increase in January almost entirely comes from that little modification to the AG layout.  Go figure.

What I learned is that while there is a significant amount of overlap between the two blogs, as anyone who recognizes the regular commenter names can tell, there is rather less than I assumed.  I never bothered linking the one from the other because I thought that everyone who went to AG was already a VP reader.  That was initially the case, I'm sure, but it is clearly no longer true, especially in light of the emails I've received from AG readers who were clearly surprised to discover the existence of this blog.  I've said from the start that because the human interest in all things socio-sexual is considerably greater than in pretty much anything else, AG would eventually surpass VP.  That hasn't happened yet, but at the present rate, it should take place within two years even though, as the chart shows, VP is still growing at a reasonable pace itself.

So, it would appear that I was wrong and those of you who said WND was no longer doing anything material for me from a readership perspective were correct.  I admit it.  You may commence the crowing now.

While the sole purpose of this blog remains the Amusement Imperative, which concerns entertaining myself in whatever manner happens to strike me at the moment, I do appreciate the way in which the Dread Ilk continue to contribute to the discourse here in their inimitable manner.  It's remarkable how even the class of anklebiters has gradually improved over the years.  They may still be nipping at the sweet, sweet taste of my ankles, but at least they are aware they are doing so and not operating under the illusion they are gnawing through the foundations of Western Civilization or the last remaining supports of the Patriarchy.

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51 Comments:

Anonymous Roundtine February 01, 2013 4:49 AM  

Now that the column is gone and the book is done, will there be an inflation/deflation debate or another Voxiversity? Also, have you read Antifragility by Taleb? I'm not done with it, but it's a really great read, one of the best non-fiction books I've read in awhile.

Anonymous VD February 01, 2013 5:10 AM  

No Voxiversity for the time being. I really need to wrap up my debate with Dominic first. In addition to working on getting Book Two out in less than two years and the new game, I have a Super Secret project that is going to be of significant interest to some people here that will be announced later this year.

Anonymous Allabaster February 01, 2013 5:38 AM  

Spacebunny is releasing a calendar?

Anonymous Krul February 01, 2013 5:53 AM  

What I learned is that while there is a significant amount of overlap between the two blogs, as anyone who notes the regular commenter names can tell, there is rather less than I assumed. I never bothered linking the one from the other before because I thought that everyone who went to AG was already a VP reader.

AG is blocked at my workplace, but VP is not (the opposite of what I would expect, but whatever). Considering the controversial nature of the blogs, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the disparity were the result of one or the other being blocked by different employers.

Anonymous zen0 February 01, 2013 6:11 AM  

AG is blocked at my workplace,...

Work for females by any chance?

Anonymous Anonymous February 01, 2013 6:28 AM  

I used to love WND. I just am not into them, almost at all, anymore, myself. This place, when I am functioning well enough, is a multi-daily. And AG, a bit, if more for kicks. I'll bet the AG crowd who didn't know about this site were pleased as punch (or crushed:). Congratulations, though, on becoming your... own media man... or some such.

Doom

Anonymous Disposable Guitar Hero February 01, 2013 7:19 AM  

Now that I think about it, I became acquainted with alpha game by a written reference and link on VP. At the time, the entire subject of Game theory was but a crude, skeletontized, and undeveloped outline in my own thinking. I never dreamed such information would revolutionize my life the way it has.
Thanks again Vox.
I found VP from WND. Found WND about 12 years ago from a friend at work.
WND? well, I read them every morning, but it's a lack luster event. It was quality journalism a decade ago, but either my tastes in news and commentary became hyper focused or they have lost their appeal. Maybe I got old. LOLOLOLOL
Drudge, Savage, American Thinker, Lew Rockwell, Vox Popoli, AG, Roissey are my "must reads" every day.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 01, 2013 7:29 AM  

Glad to see traffic continuing, interesting to note anklenippers have remained amusing.

No, no, there is no crowing or amusement taken of Monday's absence of the op-ed at WND. While leaving was your choice and the final op-ed was excellent so many miss Mondays for that purpose.

However, I don't know, maybe its a different venue, forum, different kind of readers there. While I think the people at WND like Corsi, Mercer and Farah are great there is something wrong or amiss in the leadership there, I noticed a few years ago and was tired of going there. (When I had a blog I always linked to them and promoted their work out of respect but in the future I seriously doubt going back to blogging due to family/health issues.)

Leaving was the probably the best decision if you wanted to have more time in writing. And perhaps interests changed just as some would rather paint or teach toga some would rather write epic fantasy and ditch current events. Stateside currents events are dead, pointless and comical. People here seem to only believe that America exists, there are no other countries or media outlets BESIDES America's.

Freedom and liberty should be on the minds of every American and they should look to either God or themselves for their own personal success or growth but instead they only seem to see the circus of right vs. left. They look to each new poser like they are demigods. All any politician can do is tax, spend, litigate, agitate or legislate.

A major tide was swirling for the last few years here; a continued economic depression, a withdrawal of many Americans from politics and even voting wasn't on the minds of Americans. Not when parties are throwing elections and the current events are bordering on the freakish.

Also, too many people are just neoconned by the American media. Sure, they might care about their responsibility to defend themselves or even freedom/liberty but the majority or changing demographics/fiscal insolvency simply outnumbers them and present prosperity is not in America's near future.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 01, 2013 7:30 AM  

Disposable Guitar Hero: zerohedge, calculated risk and mish shedlock must be added to your reading.

Anonymous Disposable Guitar Hero February 01, 2013 7:43 AM  

LP 999//Eliza
I'm writing those down. I'll check them out at work.

Agreed with your comments about the major tide. My house is bracing for the impact soon to be felt.
Folks like yourself are a "pulse" that helps me to know my observations are correct about socio political issues. Your wit and intelligence makes up for my lack of same.

Anonymous JohnR February 01, 2013 7:48 AM  

I came here initially from WND in 2002 but you have done so much (books, pissing people off, etc.) that I think you are now known as much outside of WND as you were from WND.

Personally, I bailed on WND about 2 years ago and have not been back in almost a year.

No surprise that your numbers did not fall.

Anonymous Kickass February 01, 2013 7:53 AM  

Homeschool curriculum! Think of the army we could amass.

Anonymous Spect. February 01, 2013 8:04 AM  

Been reading your blog since the very first post. Bailed on WND three years ago. Keep up the great work!

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 01, 2013 8:10 AM  

(Also the banker crimes and mass law breaking of amnesty is surreal. Who can stomach that everyday?)

Anonymous Rally February 01, 2013 8:15 AM  

I originally found your writing on WND, but these days I rarely go there. This blog is a daily visit at least.

Totally off topic, why did you change the first name of Magnus between Summa and ATOB? Or am I missing something here and he's got both Lucius and Marcus in his name? I have to admit keeping track of the full names and nicknames confuses me sometime. Just finished ATOB, and I'm eagerly anticipating book 2.

Blogger Tom February 01, 2013 8:23 AM  

VD, stop navel gazing and finish your next book! There's lots of people waiting to never ever under any circumstances read it. And then there's the rest of us.

Anonymous Anonymous February 01, 2013 8:33 AM  

Vox, I read this blog every day, but I rarely visit the website. I use an RSS reader. Do your stats take RSS subscribers into account?

Anonymous dh February 01, 2013 8:45 AM  

It's remarkable how even the class of anklebiters has gradually improved over the years.

And you say you're not an alpha!

Anonymous dh February 01, 2013 8:47 AM  

I used to love WND. I just am not into them, almost at all, anymore, myself.

Boy isn't that true. I disagree with a lot of the politics of WND, but there did use to have a little bit more broad-based content. The last two years has seen that pretty much eliminated.

It's also turned into one more tool of the right-wing money extraction racket. Everyone is selling something.

Anonymous VD February 01, 2013 8:57 AM  

I read this blog every day, but I rarely visit the website. I use an RSS reader. Do your stats take RSS subscribers into account?

No, I don't believe they do.

Anonymous VD February 01, 2013 9:02 AM  

Totally off topic, why did you change the first name of Magnus between Summa and ATOB? Or am I missing something here and he's got both Lucius and Marcus in his name?

Because there were too many Luciuses and it would be normal for Marcus to have a praenomen in common with his uncle. I also wanted to meet the limited name issue in a straightforward manner. Magnus's full name is Marcus Valerius Veheminus Magnus.

Anonymous Kickass February 01, 2013 10:26 AM  

I have to say, you have the best trolls.

Now me, had I been a trouble maker like Scalzi..common sense would have kept me not only from taking that picture but posting it and whining how it was too hard to hold the pose.

But him, no sir, weak and dressing in women's clothes and proud of it. And WE all have the problem!

Anonymous Daniel February 01, 2013 10:43 AM  

Did your experiment also involve knocking of Taki's Magazine from your day trips? Are you doing something for them?

Anonymous VD February 01, 2013 10:52 AM  

Did your experiment also involve knocking of Taki's Magazine from your day trips? Are you doing something for them?

No. No. Just wasn't reading it.

Anonymous Curlytop February 01, 2013 10:55 AM  

I don't think most of us are going to crow about the results. We were able to predict it simply because OUR patterns had changed in regards to WND. I found your column in late 03' or early 04' but didn't venture here for months. Even after coming here, I would pull your column through WND until about 5yrs ago when I found myself clicking on the site in general less and less. The big shift was when I realized that I wasn't sending people to WND for your columns anymore but to VP.

I agree with Eliza that Corsi is a great investigator and I respect the man for admitting when he misses something, Farah is ok...but the general feel and leadership at WND is off and has been for some time.



Anonymous Orion February 01, 2013 10:57 AM  

I found the blog... not even sure how many years ago. WND was the source. As many have stated, I read very little there any more (you and Pat Buchanan were the bulk, and I am catching him over at Taki's now). Farah has become one of the many who recognize a problem exist... but still try to solve it with the same methods that are failing (just one lat vote for the Republican canidate and things will be better).

Anonymous GreyS February 01, 2013 11:49 AM  

fwiw, I found VP (probably 2008) via google after a mention on The Corner (Derbyshire?). Never heard of VD before, never read WND. Came here, read a few posts about economics which I didn't understand, read some more about other topics, enjoyed the wit, intelligence, and take-it-or-leave-it bold opinions.

So I wonder how many others are like me-- reading a reference to VD and his books/opinions/posts somewhere, being intrigued, and then finding this place and staying. (as opposed to more direct paths from WND etc) The more readers, the more references around the internet by those readers, the more passers-by, the more who stick around due to the content.

Anonymous Josh February 01, 2013 11:52 AM  

So, it would appear that I was wrong and those of you who said WND was no longer doing anything material for me from a readership perspective were correct.  I admit it.  You may commence the crowing now.

To borrow from Roissy,

PREEN!

Anonymous WaterBoy February 01, 2013 12:41 PM  

LP 999/Eliza: "some would rather...teach toga"

Is that a course they teach at Faber College?

Vox: "What I learned is that while there is a significant amount of overlap between the two blogs, as anyone who recognizes the regular commenter names can tell, there is rather less than I assumed."

In my case, I only read an article at AG if you a)link to it from here, and b)it's something that I'm likely to find interesting. The rest of the topic just doesn't interest me. It wouldn't surprise me to hear many other regulars feel similarly.

Blogger The Aardvark February 01, 2013 12:54 PM  

WND may have its uses, but its breathless end-timey-wimey slant, as well as the promotion of chic Judaizing leaves me cold. I enjoyed your column; that's pretty much the extent of it. Still loving the blog. AG has uncrated a lot for me as well.

If I want conspiratorial Muppeting, I'll take Jones over WND. Endlessly more amusing and informative, and he isn't a shill for Middle Eastern issues. (Pauses to adjust his foil chapeau)

Anonymous GreyS February 01, 2013 1:24 PM  

Same here, WBoy. I find most of that stuff only mildly interesting, though I have learned several useful tidbits about my own & my wife's behavior. (some insights led to internal embarrassment or even shame, others to a sort of pride)

I don't care enough to keep informed of that stuff. A couple years back someone posted a link to an assessment test. My own efforts resulted in a picture of Vin Diesel-- and it's been even harder to take it seriously ever since.

In the end, I'm here for (1)-the wit and (2)- insights which had/would not occur(ed) to me about various topics.

Anonymous Jack Amok February 01, 2013 1:37 PM  

It's remarkable how even the class of anklebiters has gradually improved over the years

Wait, did you just compliment Tad?

Anonymous VD February 01, 2013 1:39 PM  

Wait, did you just compliment Tad?

Credit where it is due. He may be a snake and an anklebiter, but at least he answers questions, unlike past anklebiters.

Blogger James Dixon February 01, 2013 1:41 PM  

> Wait, did you just compliment Tad?

Can you really say that Tad isn't better than Beezle?

Blogger Brian February 01, 2013 1:45 PM  

I was a weekly reader of your column at WND when you started the blog. Now, VP and AG are both on my RSS list, while I hardy ever visit WND anymore. The quality of discussion here is much better than a few paragraphs littered with end times advertisements.

Anonymous Sensei February 01, 2013 2:01 PM  

WND may have its uses, but its breathless end-timey-wimey slant, as well as the promotion of chic Judaizing leaves me cold. -Aardvark

That's not how I would have said it but that sums up my opinion towards them fairly well. I would venture to say that some of them (Most prominently Farah, perhaps) may have realized that the whole movement they represent has failed and they're merely preaching to the choir, and thus they lack the fire they had when they thought there really was a chance to make a difference, just going through the motions now. I started to get that feeling of disconnection between the tone there and reality a few years back, and at some point decided what I liked about the site I could find here, without the hyperventilating.

Also, the growing realization of what may be coming has led to that sort of unbalanced apocalypse hawking which is successful with a certain sort of paranoid conservative and repulsive to nearly everyone else. "Fallout detecting keychains" and all that sort of cartoonish dreck are silly and immature whether or not all-out societal collapse is actually on the horizon, and it suggests that you won't find serious mature discussion on the kind of website that features those ads ad nauseum.

Blogger Desert Cat February 01, 2013 2:29 PM  

I daresay those keychains would have been quite handy to anyone wandering around Japan a short while ago...

Anonymous allyn71 February 01, 2013 2:45 PM  

I honestly can't remember if I came here independently or via WND. I have lurked here since @ 2006 although I rarely comment.

For me one of the attractions of this blog is that it is one of the few places were the content is written by someone that is more intelligent than I am. Being of approx. MENSA level intelligence means that I am more intelligent than most of the commentators and content providers on the internet. It is hard to be intellectually stimulated by someone that has less intelligent than you on a consistent basis.

Despite the fact that as a product of his own intelligence Vox has to come back spoon feeding it to us, the bar here is still much higher than many other places and it is implied that you will have to challenge yourself and do work to get over it. I posit that this interaction with and attraction to someone smarter than themselves is why there are so many intelligent, committed members in the Dread Ilk (and no Tad even though you think you are, your not). Likes attract likes, smart people want to interact with smart people and are bored easily by intellectual lessors.

As far as the WND connection that so many have commented on. I believe that our initial attraction to WND stems from its historical role as one of the pioneers of the alternate media. I don't think it is so much that WND has changed, it is the same as always to me. It was just in the right place at the right time as a lone voice in the wilderness that expressed the views of many of us. The Internet Enlightenment that is ongoing has allowed many to investigate and develop their own awareness and personal progress. WND is the same they always have been, but most of us have moved past Farah and what he can provide. As a result, WND has lost its initial luster.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 01, 2013 2:52 PM  

Nothing personal towards WND as editing is part of any op-ed. But sometimes it seemed like many higher quality op-ed like V's were just cut down too much but that is the nature of the business.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 01, 2013 2:53 PM  

Waterboy; my typos...toga = yoga. Thank you for pointing that out :)

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 01, 2013 2:59 PM  

Also in terms of creativity, blogs have more freedom, creativity and interesting daily topics instead of the weekly op-ed. VP has overall remained high quality as did the op-eds.

Anonymous WaterBoy February 01, 2013 3:01 PM  

Not a slam, ma'am. It just tickled my funnybone. ;)

Blogger PVW February 01, 2013 4:15 PM  

I added a link to VP from AG for the first time. The unexpected increase in January almost entirely comes from that little modification to the AG layout. Go figure.

What I learned is that while there is a significant amount of overlap between the two blogs, as anyone who recognizes the regular commenter names can tell, there is rather less than I assumed. I never bothered linking the one from the other because I thought that everyone who went to AG was already a VP reader.

Me: Also, a number of bloggers have Alpha Game on their sidebar, but they don't link to Vox Populi.

Blogger James Dixon February 01, 2013 4:38 PM  

I'm probably the only one here who came here because of a link on a Linux site. :(

Anonymous Susan February 01, 2013 4:40 PM  

The very first thing of VD's I read on WND had a statement in it that caught my attention and I will always remember it. You said that being a gym rat saved you, because otherwise you would have been a total horndog unable to sustain a lasting relationship with a woman.(paraphrased)

So being curious, I followed the link here and have never gone back to WND for anything. The amusement at times has been epic over the years. I am glad you stuck with the blog and the ilk.

Blogger The Aardvark February 01, 2013 5:52 PM  

That's not how I would have said it ... -- Sensei

I try to earn that response.

Anonymous Difranco February 01, 2013 11:37 PM  

Does your page count include RSS readers? I often read your blog in Feed Demon and never click through because entire posts are included.

Anonymous Difranco February 01, 2013 11:39 PM  

Disregard, my previous post. Should read all comments prior to posting.

Anonymous Smiler February 02, 2013 12:02 AM  

Put alpha game in your daily trips. I've been reading you for months and never knew you had more. Vox Rocks.

Anonymous NB February 07, 2013 2:09 PM  

having trouble posting...test

Anonymous NB February 07, 2013 2:11 PM  

Firefox test

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