We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Wednesday, October 12. 2016
Google Analytics tells us that Maggie's Farm gets around 330,000 page views per month, and has around 45,000 regular readers (comparable to subscribers, with the others more like newsstand buyers). About 25% of our visitors are new visitors, which I think is good. Some will return. We do not count "hits" on the site anymore. Last I saw, hits ran into the millions, but I do not think that meant much.
The metrics are pretty solid for a boutique, middlebrow, eclectic, redneck, hobby website. For many reasons (including not being clever enough, and not having enough original material), we'll never be able to compete with the big dogs. It has to be good enough for us that some of the big dogs check in with us regularly.
By space, we have around 25-30% political material but since everything is politicized these days including Zumba workouts and reading Shakespeare, maybe it all is. Regardless, I wish we had more Lefty David Brooks types checking us out if only to see what the great unwashed might be thinking about. Actually, though, I am well-washed today and well-dressed too, having taken a long extremely hot shower after my deadlifts and pull-ups this morning.
I also wish we had more international readers. We have a share, but I thought we'd have more who are interested in some views of Yankee life.
Anyway, send our site around to people who might be interested. Our readership is our only reward.
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You're correct in presuming that "hits" is a useless measurement. Unique page views is better, and unique visits is best (though still not perfect). You can raise your hit count simply by adding more elements per page rather than by raising your viewership. Back when I was doing web hosting for a living, we used to half-joke that we could raise hits, page views, and visit duration merely by altering the page design.
Typically a hit is defined to be a download of a non-graphical page element, a page view restricts that to an htm, html, or dynamically created file, a unique visit is a page view from an IP address that has not downloaded another element from the domain in less than 15 minutes, and unique visitors are the total number of requesting IP addresses found in the web log.
I'm sitting here in Western Australia ... been coming here about weekly for a very long time.
I'm a daily reader from the UK and can't get enough of your insights into the American way of life/passing scene.
Sadly, many (not most, but perhaps the majority of the "intelligentsia") in the UK enjoy thinking that Americans are parochial and stupid. This makes them feel better about themselves.
Ironically, despite their avowed approval of non-intervention, consensus and the UN, most UK intellectuals probably feel that America has failed to pull its weight on the international stage during the Obama presidency. This has only added to their unreasoned dislike.
Parochial and stupid? Like people who would produce and watch stuff like "Bottle Boys" I guess.
My wife asked me one time how I could stand being so ignorant and apathetic so I just said "I don't know and I don't care."
I suspect they expressed their undying joy when Obama was elected.
45K visitors; how many commenters over the years? What proportion of comments come from Zachriel? Whatever it is, don't print it; wouldn't want him to get a swelled head.
There are a great many international readers who would be very interested in your blog. They just do not know about it.
I discovered it from a link sent to me from a friend several years ago. To outsiders, America is a philosophy as well as a country.
Many outsiders are inspired by what America stands for and tries to promote, more than what America really is. Your blog promotes those ideals. It suggests those colonial values of freedom of speech and liberty that many Americans take for granted and are envied around the world by everyone else. Your history is a unique one where a rebellion from tyranny and a history of slavery, and a disdain of taxes give you a unique perspective. When the founding fathers were debating independence from Britan, they envisioned a society that they all convinced themselves they would want to live in, and their descendants have been trying to implement it ever since. It has been a very rough journey with victories and blemishes. All Americans should be aware of the contribution of New Englanders in the American Revolution, where they were initially treated with disdain and contempt, to becoming greatly admired, as real tough individual bastards, who don't take any guff from anyone.
I was searching for info on hostas and your site popped up. This was years ago and thanks to your coverage of diverse topics, I remain devoted. You're are right; I pass on your marvelous coverage of some topics, but should do more. This place is never a bore. You rock, Bird Dog.
Greetings from Downunder.
I doubt I have missed more than a handful of posts for the last five years or so.
You do have one of the most enjoyable reads in the blogosphere. I spread your New England wisdom around often (often with appropriate attribution).
MF, Chaos Manor (Dr. Pournelle) and a few outstanding milbloggers (Captain LeFon of Neptunus Lex made me aware of some incredible people) make up my daily must read list.
I found this site following a link some months ago. It's a great mix, some stuff i agree with, some I question, but always an interesting read.
I'm a European of rather mixed ancestry living in Canada that has enjoyed being a reader for many years. I very much enjoy the insights into the many American cultures, and wish that Tocqueville was far more widely read, and that the European intelligentsia would care to educate themselves as to what really happens this side of the Atlantic outside 24 hour news and reality shows.
Mr. B. Dog, your site is considered Influential enough to warrant assignment of two paid Hillary trolls to clarify issues raised hereat.
I assure you Cur, your site and its numerous articulate and well-spoken commentators is avidly read at the highest levels of human councils, and in the case of the canine hierarchy, let us say MF is devoured.
Hillary doesn't pay her trolls, they are unpaid 'interns' laboring under the belief that this will project them into influential careers.
I love your website, visit every day, sometimes twice a day. Never fails to have something interesting. Thanks!
Hello from Montreal. I visit a couple of times a day and very much enjoy Maggie's presence.
I have been wondering and will take this opportunity to ask: Whatever happened to that Dr. Mercury fellow? Interesting somewhat mysterious contributor who vanished without a trace.
Got a folder in the bookmarks bar named "Daily Reads". You're there along with Gerard, Cobb, Drudge, Theo, and others. I think a link from Gerard sent me over here a long time back. My moniker isn't Asian, it comes from a propensity for frequent multiple sneezes.
I also miss Doc Mercury. but - - http://www.docmercury.com/
you never disappear on the internet.
Hello from Hong Kong...your site is a daily must read to see what the dirt people are up to.
Best wishes from Gatineau, Quebec. I have enjoyed your site for years. As someone on the wrong side of 60 who is belatedly, and I mean belatedly, trying to shape up after decades of sedentary existence, what fun to follow the last year's struggles! Hey, I hit 80 pushups last week, although my son assures me my form is laughably unacceptable. Sigh.