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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Two million page views monthly

VP just hit its two millionth pageview for the month. I'll have a more detailed report once the final numbers are in, but it's a particularly satisfying milestone in light of this section from SJWs Always Lie:
The discrepancies were starting to accumulate, and the increasingly wordy, increasingly elaborate defensiveness on Scalzi's part made me increasingly certain that he was lying. But how to prove it to everyone else?

Then it occurred to me that anyone who was willing to shamelessly exaggerate in an interview with the New York Times was probably not doing so for the first time. In my experience, most people who are self-promoters never stop promoting themselves. They have a tendency to talk themselves up, and they will often exaggerate when they have no need to do so. Given that the New York Times is at the top of the U.S. cultural heap, I figured the chances were very high that Scalzi had similarly inflated his traffic in previous interviews with other reporters. And, sure enough, I found an interview he had given almost exactly three years before to Erin Stocks at a science fiction magazine called Lightspeed.

Anything you ever wanted to know about science fiction writer John Scalzi you can find online at the public and rather opinionated blog that he’s kept since 1998, Whatever.scalzi.com/. His bio page holds all the usual info—education, past jobs, present jobs, books published, awards won—and is wrapped up with the tongue-in-cheek coda: “For more detailed information, including a complete bibliography, visit the Wikipedia entry on me. It’s generally accurate.” But spend a little more time browsing, and you’ll learn that beyond the dry stats and quippy bon mots, there’s more to John Scalzi and his writing than meets the eye. For one thing, his blog gets an extraordinary amount of traffic for a writer’s website–Scalzi himself quotes it at over 45,000 unique visitors daily and more than two million page views monthly.

—“Interview: John Scalzi”, Lightspeed, September 2010 (Issue 4)

Extraordinary indeed. It's fascinating, isn't it? Three years before the New York Times interview that struck me as anomalous, John Scalzi had been publicly claiming to have very nearly the same number of readers, as well as an absolutely impossible number of pageviews. And how could Whatever possibly have had “more than two million page views monthly” in September 2010 when he later reported 5,131,194 pageviews for the whole of the year?
Alpha Game is seeing record traffic as well, and will hit 500,000 monthly pageviews later today. Thanks to all of you who made this possible by stopping by, and to those who have helped make it a destination by adding to the discourse.

I'd say on to 3 million, but I've been hanging around Cernovich too much and you know how he is about always thinking big. On to 10 million.

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62 Comments:

Anonymous Ivan Throne July 30, 2016 2:40 PM  

That is a terrific, and consequential, milestone. Extraordinarily well done, especially in the face of the rather malevolent onslaughts it has weathered.

Anonymous Susan July 30, 2016 2:43 PM  

I mostly lurk, very contentedly so. I find I learn so much off this blog from just simply reading the posts and the comments.

Congrats Vox, this success could not happen to a harder working or more deserving fellow.

Blogger SamuraiJack July 30, 2016 2:43 PM  

this site and drudge are my favs. Great job vox.

Blogger #7139 July 30, 2016 2:44 PM  

This is great news.

Blogger Bard July 30, 2016 3:08 PM  

Congrats man. My favorite blog.

Anonymous WaterBoy July 30, 2016 3:11 PM  

Congratulations, yes, of course?

Blogger Ostar July 30, 2016 3:14 PM  

A lie may travel the world while truth is getting it's boots on, but truth never stops while most lies get roughed up and abandoned eventually.
Witness "Whatever" vs. this great blog.

Anonymous VFM #5429 July 30, 2016 3:15 PM  

Congrats, Vox on your success--been coming here a dozen years, but haven't commented as much in recent months because of work and family. Your site is a great source of common sense and wisdom.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 30, 2016 3:16 PM  

His blog is a mental health session. You really cannot ask them any questions, they just know and that is that. How we could have lost to those folks for so long is tragic

Anonymous Hammer July 30, 2016 3:17 PM  

Long time lurker just saying thanks for a great site.

Blogger Geir Balderson July 30, 2016 3:20 PM  

Congratulations Vox Day!

You have opened my eyes in many ways! Reading the 'Irrational Atheist' at the present.

This Blog is all good and truthful! Infinitely more that we could expect from a SJW rag such as John-Boys! I wonder how much traffic the old boy is getting now?

Abbracci e baci!!

Anonymous Harry P. July 30, 2016 3:21 PM  

Tbh I don't understand why does page view count matter. It doesn't make the content suddenly somehow better if instead of 20 people it's read by 20 millions. It would be relevant if there were ads and Vox made living from them, but I doubt the single one Amazon ad brings major profit.

Anonymous Steve July 30, 2016 3:23 PM  

Congratulations Your Supreme Malevolence!

Blogger Robert Divinity July 30, 2016 3:23 PM  

Congratulations. I don't game or read science fiction so you only recently came to my attention because of "Cuckservative." It is a good bet I'm hardly the only one who arrived here that way, either. This site richly deserves heavy traffic due to the intelligent content.

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen July 30, 2016 3:36 PM  

You have to admit that Scalzi is now being paid significantly more than you were to not write books.

Blogger Nara July 30, 2016 3:37 PM  

Congrats. I've had both blogs bookmarked since I listened to you on Stefan Molyneux's show.

Blogger olaf lee July 30, 2016 3:41 PM  

Well done. I may only contribute 60-75 of those visits a month and I comment rarely but I find that questions asked and answered on this blog add to the quality of my discussions and frame a unique mindset. The training as well as methods for taking on the enemy and destroying their fragile arguments. Bravo.

Blogger VD July 30, 2016 3:48 PM  

You have to admit that Scalzi is now being paid significantly more than you were to not write books.

This is true. I like to think that despite our differences, we've learned something from each other.

Anonymous MK July 30, 2016 3:50 PM  

Congratulations. This blog is extraordinaire and deserves the audience.

Blogger residentMoron July 30, 2016 3:57 PM  

You're very welcome, and you deserve it.

As for my part, in the immortal words of Mickey Spillane:

"It was easy."

Anonymous andon July 30, 2016 3:57 PM  

what do those numbers mean in terms of actual audience, unique users per day or per month, etc?

avg user requests 10 pages per day or 50?

Anonymous gxg July 30, 2016 4:03 PM  

Congrats! I've only been around a few months, but I've learned a lot here, and am very thankful to have a place to go where non-PC topics are discussed so freely.

Blogger VD July 30, 2016 4:04 PM  

what do those numbers mean in terms of actual audience, unique users per day or per month, etc?

I neither know nor care, but my guess is that there is a relatively high number of pageviews per unique visitor because there is an exceptionally high level of engagement here.

Anonymous Farnswords July 30, 2016 4:05 PM  

This couldn't be a more well deserved achievement and vindication. Since I first came here about 5 years ago, this place became a frequent visit, then a regular home base, and now a sanctuary. You've brought a great deal of knowledge, perspective, and happiness to my life. Thank you to Vox and the ilk.

Blogger Pseudotsuga July 30, 2016 4:22 PM  

We visitors are just doing our part to make the world safe for democracy...or...err...something like that!
This place is never boring and frequently challenging.

Blogger Jim July 30, 2016 4:25 PM  

Those were all mine. You took too long between a few posts.

Anonymous SciVo July 30, 2016 4:32 PM  

Congratulations! I'm here mostly for the discussion, since it's almost addictive being able to engage with smart people with heterodox views, but creating a fruitful habitat for that is a skill in itself.

Anonymous Shakey July 30, 2016 4:48 PM  

And thank you Vox, for providing interesting, intellectually stimulating information from a variety of places and points of view. I don't agree with every one of your points (just 80% or so) but it's always a pleasure to read what you write, regardless of my personal thoughts on the subject.

I've probably learned more in the past year of reading VD than I did in the prior five years reading more traditional media.

Anonymous Philipp July 30, 2016 4:55 PM  

You are welcome, Vox.

I am not surprised that you get so many pageviews. Your blogs are required reading. Congrats.

Anonymous Elipe July 30, 2016 5:02 PM  

Good commentators do help keep the F5 key well-worn.

Anonymous My Take July 30, 2016 5:30 PM  

The VFM salute you sire, for a well deserved milestone! (on another note, when do our skull rations begin to increase?)

Blogger Scott C July 30, 2016 5:32 PM  

Congratulations on growing your audience. I hope your publishing house grows with it and the SJW-infested big publishers go out of business.

Blogger Escoffier July 30, 2016 5:36 PM  

Cheers!

A paltry 10 millions? Why not shoot to knock Drudge off his perch?

Anonymous AllenArmory July 30, 2016 5:37 PM  

Well done.

Blogger Vespasian July 30, 2016 5:45 PM  

Congratulations. Does this take into account those people that read your blog through RSS readers? I've been reading your blog for about 10 years but virtually all of that reading has been done through RSS rather than on the sight directly. Would this affect the page view counts?

Again, congratulations.

Anonymous Opus July 30, 2016 5:51 PM  

Always good stuff

Anonymous Viidad July 30, 2016 6:27 PM  

This is the only blog I read daily. Well-deserved success.

Blogger Mom July 30, 2016 6:27 PM  

I always check VP first thing and last thing each day. Cannot tell you how much I have learned, and I'm old.
Mom

Blogger Samuel Nock July 30, 2016 6:30 PM  

Congratulations. I love this blog, and I love this community.

Blogger VD July 30, 2016 6:39 PM  

Does this take into account those people that read your blog through RSS readers?

Nope. I don't count anything but direct Google pageviews. Anything else starts to get a bit shady. If I knew how to have a Google pageview counter on this old Blogger template, I would, just like I did with Sitemeter.

I do on Alpha Game, because it's a simple widget on the new Blogger templates.

Anonymous The OASF July 30, 2016 6:47 PM  

"Congrats man. My favorite blog."

Agreed.

Funny I just had stumbled across the post from december 22nd declaring 20 million views for 2015. So VD Land is on pace to hit about 24-25 million? With the crazy election cycle is 30 million relistic for 2016?

Blogger S. Misanthrope July 30, 2016 6:49 PM  

Congrats! As a daily reader, I will take 30 / 2mth credit.

Blogger VD July 30, 2016 6:53 PM  

So VD Land is on pace to hit about 24-25 million? With the crazy election cycle is 30 million relistic for 2016?

It's on pace to hit 26-27 million according to my historical ratio model. However, that model had 2,255,000 for this month and it's going to be more like 2,550,000. I'd be astonished if it went any higher than 28.5 million for 2016, although given the crazy election and some of the announcements we'll be making in the early fall, it's not impossible that we'll see it hit 30 million.

Blogger VD July 30, 2016 6:54 PM  

So VD Land is on pace to hit about 24-25 million? With the crazy election cycle is 30 million relistic for 2016?

It's on pace to hit 26-27 million according to my historical ratio model. However, that model had 2,255,000 for this month and it's going to be more like 2,550,000. I'd be astonished if it went any higher than 28.5 million for 2016, although given the crazy election and some of the announcements we'll be making in the early fall, it's not impossible that we'll see it hit 30 million.

Anonymous #8601 July 30, 2016 6:58 PM  

most people who are self-promoters never stop promoting themselves. They have a tendency to talk themselves up, and they will often exaggerate when they have no need to do so.

As much as I love him, Trump is like that, too.

Anonymous Andrew E. July 30, 2016 7:04 PM  

Congrats. This blog is becoming influential. Important people are taking notice. Keep it up.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's 6184th Cabana Boy July 30, 2016 8:03 PM  

Congrats Vox! Great news. Of late, I don't get to post nearly so much as I used to, but I always enjoy reading the blogs daily. Onward and Upward!

Blogger James Dixon July 30, 2016 8:19 PM  

> You have to admit that Scalzi is now being paid significantly more than you were to not write books.

Only because Vox blazed the trail for him.

Anonymous Mister M July 30, 2016 8:33 PM  

I'm late to the party, but good to hear that the SJW babble, and the sanctimonious "left" and academia are all getting crushed out here in the real world.

Blogger Sagramore July 30, 2016 9:32 PM  

"Whatever" isn't even original. It's from a private mailing list.

Anonymous Cadwallander J July 30, 2016 9:45 PM  

Well done sir. I think I've been posting since 2004, and was reading for some time before that. In some states, that level of stalking would be someone jail time.

Anonymous Cadwallander J July 30, 2016 9:48 PM  

Oh, and I meant to add:

Thank you.

Blogger Paul Lutgen July 30, 2016 10:15 PM  

I visit this site about 50,000 times per day so ...

Blogger Josh July 30, 2016 11:03 PM  

Congrats vox

Blogger CurlyQ July 31, 2016 12:30 AM  

I am going to echo the sentiments of gratitude to Vox and everyone else here.
I have learned so much from reading the posts and comments, and this place is a breath of fresh air and sanity. Most others around me are still...pretty programmed.

Blogger S. Thermite July 31, 2016 3:42 AM  

Grats and gratitude!

Blogger Lucas July 31, 2016 9:53 AM  

Congrats, Voxman. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous BGKB July 31, 2016 12:20 PM  

You have to admit that Scalzi is now being paid significantly more than you were to not write books.

Is there a way to get in on this not writing thing? I have written the same number of articles for the Harvard Law Review as its former Editor Bath House Barry Obama.

Blogger world entertainment July 31, 2016 12:58 PM  

I have learned so much from reading the posts and comments, and this place is a breath of fresh air and sanity. Most others around me are still

Blogger lowercaseb July 31, 2016 3:00 PM  

I think I gave you 5,000 pageviews trying to fix the dupe postings I continually leave.

Blogger lowercaseb July 31, 2016 3:01 PM  

I think I gave you 5,000 pageviews trying to fix the dupe postings I continually leave.

Anonymous CHEDDARMAN July 31, 2016 5:50 PM  

Vox,

We thank you!

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