Looking Back at 2012

Looking Back at 2012 January 2, 2013

Here’s your statistical overview of Vox Nova in 2012:

  • We were viewed 470,000 times, which WordPress reminds us is about nine times the volume of tourist traffic that the Principality of Liechtenstein gets every year, so we’ve got that going for us …
  • We sported 355 new posts, bringing the total archive of this site to just over 5,300 posts overall.
  • Our busiest day was February 27, when 2,751 people stopped by, mainly to read MM’s post titled, “Santorum is the one with the ‘phony theology.'”
  • Our most viewed 2012 posts were Kyle’s “Could the Catholic Church Ever Approve of Homosexuality?“, the aforementioned post on Rick Santorum, and Brett’s “Christian Practices in a Consumer Culture.”
  • Our top referring sites were, in order: Facebook, Andrew Sullivan’s “The Daily Dish,” National Catholic Reporter, Google, and that blogosphere within the blogosphere, Patheos.
  • We had visits from people in 189 countries around the world, including 500 from Indonesia, 208 from Thailand, 112 from Ghana, 68 from Venezuela, 6 from Madagascar, 4 from Mongolia, and 1 from Kyrgyzstan. You won’t be surprised to learn that most of our visitors came from the US, Canada, Great Britain and the rest of the Anglosphere.
  • Our most commented upon post was Julia’s late June offering, “As The Church Has Always Taught (Except When It Hasn’t),” which garnered 337 comments.
  • And finally – drum roll, please – our top combox denizens of the year were: A Sinner, with 746 comments; Thales, with 648; Kurt with 580; Rodak, with 547; and Peter Paul Fuchs, with 370 comments!

In 2012, we also said goodbye to Henry Karlson and Sam Rocha, and we welcomed Joshua Brumfield and Aaron Weldon. Thanks to all our faithful readers for making 2012 another great year here at Vox Nova!!

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  • Julia Smucker

    Wait, is Josh newer than me? I joined a year ago, and I thought he was already here then.

    Anyway, Mark, thanks for presenting this information so nicely.

    • Mark Gordon

      You’re an old timer now, Julia.

      • Julia Smucker

        And here I thought I was the new kid on the block this whole time. How did I miss that?

  • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

    Wow! Of course, I am still hoping to write a post that gets 1000 views. Vanity of vanities, I know, but maybe in 2013.

    • R.

      David, maybe something about Rick Santorum urging the Church to return to its true teaching about homosexual consumerism? Also, if you link to the Dish, maybe there will be some cross-traffic. I’m rooting for you!

  • Thales

    I’m very glad to see that I have relinquished the infamous title of top commenter. At first I thought it must have been because I had used my time a little more wisely this year and not wasted my time getting into as many debates as I did last year…. but then I checked last year’s post, and I see that I actually made 2 more comments this year (648) compared with last year (646). Argh! How do you have such a hold on me, Vox Nova! 🙂 Even so, best wishes to all of you in 2013!

  • brian martin

    Thanks for being here.

  • Agellius

    As much as we may disagree, I enjoy the opportunity for discourse and I’ve learned a lot, and have actually had my opinions moderated in some ways, as a result of our discussions here. Best wishes for continued success.

  • Peter Paul Fuchs

    So, it seems statistically, that your principle accomplishment here was to help torpedo Rick Santorum’s candidacy with other Catholics. Take a well deserved bow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kerberos

    But – what are we to conclude or infer from the stats (if anything) ?

    • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

      I would say conclusions are in the eye of the beholder. So feel free to draw your own conclusions and to share them here.

      • Mark Gordon

        I’m sure there will be all kinds of inferences drawn. There always are. 🙂

  • I’m amazed to find my moniker listed among the most frequent combox guests! It just goes to show what an interesting and intellectually provocative site this is. Thank you all for maintaining it!