Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Traffic report 2019

If 2018 was an unusually challenging year, 2019 was a year of almost non-stop crushing by the Evil Legion of Evil and the extended blog community. Like the previous year, it was full of deplatformings and bannings, disruptions and disqualifications. Unlike the previous year, it also saw the Legion striking back with a vengeance, including a resolution of the Indiegogo deplatforming and a multi-pronged replatforming campaign on behalf of the Big Bear and others directed at Patreon that is still in process.

And while 2019 unfortunately did not see the publication of A Sea of Skulls, it was witness to the creation of Castalia Deluxe and a stupendously successful campaign to bring the Junior Classics back into print. The Castalia crew also managed to get the 31+ hour audiobook for A Throne of Bones out, which was unexpectedly successful as more audiobooks were sold in five months than the ebook and print editions combined had sold in five years. And 2019 also saw the long-delayed publication of Corporate Cancer, which despite its short length was two years in the making.

In 2019, Vox Popoli had 32,757,068 Google pageviews. The blog is now running at an average rate of 89,745 daily pageviews, up a modest 1.5 percent from an average 88,384 last year. The running annual pageview totals are as follows:

2008: 3,496,757
2009: 4,414,801
2010: 4,827,183
2011: 5,422,628
2012: 6,098,774
2013: 9,340,663
2014: 11,236,085
2015: 16,211,875
2016: 25,817,343
2017: 31,216,357
2018: 32,260,094
2019: 32,757,068

I mentioned that readers should look for further advances on the video front in 2019, but I had absolutely no inkling of the massive enthusiasm that would greet the establishment of Unauthorized.TV. What started as a backup plan in the event of a possible YouTube deplatforming has somehow been transformed into one of the more significant activities in which we are involved. Unauthorized ended the year with 15,032 registered users while the Darkstream closed out 2019 with 33,484 subscribers and 698 channel members. And then, of course, there is the smashing success of the Rebel's Run fundraising, about which you will no doubt hear considerably more in 2020, as well as SocialGalactic 2.0.

Thanks to everyone who continues to read VP and to everyone who supports one or more of the various penumbras that have emanated from it. Thanks especially to the Infogalactic Burn Unit, the Alt★Hero backers, the Castalia authors and volunteers, the Brainstorm crew (about which more in 2020), the Unauthorized subscribers, the Reprehensibles, the Replatformers, and the Arkhaven team, all of whom have come together in a spirit of creative cooperation to make these various projects viable. Your participation in these things is invaluable and very much appreciated, regardless of what form it takes. 2019 was a fantastic year. 2020 is going to be epic.

Sadly, due to the capitulation of John Scalzi, who apparently has given up posting no longer posts his blog traffic numbers, the comparison of VP's annual traffic to that of the Most Popular Blog in Science Fiction is no longer possible. Sometimes victory is bittersweet.

Regardless, the ride never ends.

UPDATE: I am informed me that there were also 625,200 downloads of the podcast derived from the Darkstream in 2019, which was up from 500 downloads in 2018. I am skeptical that we can maintain that rate of growth in 2020, but then, you never know.

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Blogger Weak January 01, 2020 9:39 AM  

Whatever Blog page views: whenever my mom clicks on it

Blogger Alcuin January 01, 2020 9:41 AM  

Congratulations on a great year! Stupendous entreprenurship and perseverance!

Blogger Gregory the Tall January 01, 2020 9:42 AM  

So glad to read about all these successes. May you/we all continue winning in 2020!!

Blogger Daniel January 01, 2020 10:07 AM  

I'll post Scalzi's number:

"Up to but not including this tall to ride."

Blogger Karen took the Kids January 01, 2020 10:16 AM  

What happened from 2015-2016? 9.5 million increase is insane. 2019 was a great year to be part of the blog and other efforts. Looking forwsrd to 2020. Happy new year to everyone on the blog, especially all the guys doing the monster work behind the scenes. Much appreciated.

Blogger David Ray Milton January 01, 2020 10:21 AM  

Great year Vox! Keep crushing.

Blogger Silent Draco January 01, 2020 10:21 AM  

Excuse me ... Johnny who? :)

Glad to be part of the crushing. Roll of quarters is ready for the new year.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 01, 2020 10:38 AM  

2020. Crush it like a Boss!

Blogger Zoot Fenster January 01, 2020 10:42 AM  

Lead on, Dark Lord. Superb entertainment.
VFM something or other.

Blogger Glen Sprigg January 01, 2020 11:02 AM  

Oh, Scalzi still has a blog? I hadn't noticed.

Congratulations on an awesome year! I'm a newbie to the wonderful world of Vox, but I'm glad my page views are counting toward the ever-growing popularity of the site. I'm looking forward to another great year!

Blogger Vaughan Williams January 01, 2020 11:14 AM  

Scalzi's most popular blog post this year: someone mails him a loaf of bread. The FBI snags it from the postal system in case it contains drugs. He gets the loaf of bread back after time and effort. Some news aggregator picked up the story, and as I got to the bottom I was like wait, I recognize this name... just the kind of thing that would happen to Scalzi. He can't even get a loaf of bread in the mail.

Blogger engleberg11@ January 01, 2020 11:54 AM  

Start the new year with a bang by publishing The Strategy of Technology with Martin van Creveld's commentary!

Blogger Jack Morrow January 01, 2020 11:54 AM  

Sad indeed; the comparison with whatshisname was always my favourite part of the annual report.

Blogger Section 8A January 01, 2020 12:02 PM  

SG2 is off to a great start and I enjoy it. UATV is a quality source of content. Thanks to all the people putting in time and effort, and VD for spearheading the momentum.

Blogger Chicken fried lice January 01, 2020 12:07 PM  

Winning is our business and business is good.

Blogger JG January 01, 2020 12:51 PM  

Looking forward to joining SG2...

Blogger Unknown January 01, 2020 1:39 PM  

Congrats Vox, you're an inspiration

Blogger Daniel January 01, 2020 2:21 PM  

Happy New Year Vox and may 2020 be even better for you and yours. Keep up the great work!

Blogger Ska_Boss January 01, 2020 2:25 PM  

Pleased to be a part of it.

Blogger rumpole5 January 01, 2020 2:26 PM  

Almost 10 fold increase in a decade? Signs of a zeitguiest shift? Wow!

Blogger Boaty Bear January 01, 2020 2:37 PM  

After giving praise to God and Jesus Christ
I'd just like to thank VD & BB for reprogramming this Gen Xer, was never expecting to ever want children, first is now due in July, left it VERY late I know! still time for a couple hopefully.

With an honorable mention to AC who brought VP to my attention a couple of years ago.

Happy new year all.

Blogger Geir Balderson January 01, 2020 2:39 PM  

I suspect John Scalzi gives zero upsets yet seethes and boils down in his little gamma heart. The Grinch's heart got two sizes larger. JS's heart is at present shrinking and hardening to a dried bitter cranberry.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit January 01, 2020 2:44 PM  

Ca ira!

Blogger Hyzer January 01, 2020 2:53 PM  

I regularly convert the YouTube stream to audio to listen on a podcatcher. How many of those go uncounted?

Blogger Talios Hammerfist January 01, 2020 2:56 PM  

Now that's a morale boost. 2020 is going to be fantastic.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 01, 2020 3:05 PM  

Congratulations, Vox!
Also, thanks to the many people who contributed insightful comments; I certainly learnt a lot from you all in 2019.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 01, 2020 3:25 PM  

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Blogger Beau January 01, 2020 4:01 PM  

first is now due in July,


Blogger Sargent.matrim January 01, 2020 4:29 PM  

May the crushing continue.

Blogger Kiwi January 01, 2020 4:42 PM  

"which despite its short length was two years in the making."

When I read CC, I mused over the effort required to write it, I'd done the same with Jordanetics. It only took me a day to read, but I concluded that the construction writing would be similar to a PhD thesis (especially in JPs case). As I know most won't understand the time involved in writing succinct words that are true and can survive the validity deep comb, it's proper I acknowledge my thanks. Much appreciated and looking forward to what comes next.

Thanks BB too. You kinda act like a New Zealander, eg you sing, say whatever you want and are prepared to back it up with fists if required,
make stuff, grow stuff, protect stuff, laugh, are cheeky, and block the sun with your height, so it's not hard to like you. Although I'm not an official bear, but if I was I would be Kiwibear, I appreciate what you do for the bears, keep doing what you do, as we would say here, you got this big guy.

Blogger Shane Bradman January 01, 2020 5:30 PM  

What surprises me the most is how insignificant the union with the bears was for page views. They're a large part of the video crowd, but evidently not many read. Nothing wrong with that, the bears have their own thing and we have ours.

Blogger Shield up sword swinging pipes blasting January 01, 2020 6:52 PM  


Blogger Balam January 01, 2020 7:22 PM  

I bought the audiobook and eagarly await the next. It is a fabulous companion for the daily commute

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 01, 2020 7:52 PM  

Vox, as an entrepreneur myself, I find your entrepreneurial energy and success admirable in the highest degree.

Blogger Boaty Bear January 01, 2020 8:39 PM  

Cheers Beau, am very excited about this, including the homeschooling aspect, that I'd never considered before either!

Blogger Ray - SoCal January 01, 2020 10:39 PM  

Congratulations on all the major achievements!

Looking forward to the Rebel movie and more comics!

Blogger Shield up sword swinging pipes blasting January 01, 2020 11:29 PM  

I realize that I've actually read a Scalzi book "Old man's War".... It was by accident, I swear and I read it a long time ago before I even knew who Vox was...

Blogger phunktor January 02, 2020 12:32 AM  

I have an animation vision of deplatformings
Smurfs race around plugging holes in the dam. The dam is cracking. In the end they're all there ready to be swept away. Pull POV back and up; focus on tsunami labeled 2020 racing towards the weakening dam.
Downstream lotsa hungry crocs.

Blogger Tomato bear January 02, 2020 3:26 AM  

Vox, you showed us all winning is possible.

Thanks, glad to be a Chanel backer in unauthorized.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira January 02, 2020 5:27 AM  

Remember your ABC's: Always Be Crushing.

Blogger Angela January 05, 2020 11:44 AM  

Congratulations are in order. I'm looking forward to 2020.

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