Looking Forward and Looking Back

Looking Forward and Looking Back January 2, 2012

As you may have noticed, Julia Smucker has become an official Vox Nova contributor following two very well-received guest posts and a unanimous vote of confidence from the gang in the “back room.” We are all excited to have Julia on board and look forward to many years of collaboration – and, yes, some friendly contention – with the newest member of our odd little online community. Welcome Julia!

Now, a look back at 2011. WordPress sends out an annual statistics summary to administrators of hosted blogs, and we thought you might find some of those stats interesting.

This blog was viewed about 450,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 6 sold-out events for that many people to see it. In 2011, there were 722 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 4,922 posts. The busiest day of the year was August 9th with 4,708 views. The most read post that day (and all year) was GOP economic stupidity in one sentence, by Morning’s Minion. Other popular posts this year included Quote of the Week: Slavoj Žižek , by Henry Karlson; Regarding Father Corapi: I Wish This Were Less Predictable, by Brett Salkeld, and Brett’s Is “Sexual Compatibility” a Myth? Some Thoughts on Cohabitation.

The most commented upon post of the year was Benedict XVI on Homosexuality: A Creative Interpretation by James Alison, posted by Brett. That artible logged 190 comments. Thales (646) was our leading commenter of the year, with Kurt (588), Agellius (586), Rodak (506), and David Nickol (415) following close behind.

Most of our readers came from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, as you might expect. But we also drew significant numbers of readers from places like South Africa, Pakistan, Israel, India, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand. Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, and Kenya were well-represented, as were Argentina, Colombia, and Chile! Our top referring site was Facebook, followed by insidecatholic.com, andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com, stumbleupon.com, and Google Reader, which suggests that RSS subscriptions are healthy and growing here at Vox Nova.

Thanks to all – contributors, commenters, and lurkers alike – who made Vox Nova an interesting place to be in 2011!

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  • Welcome, Julia!

    Brett is our MVP this year. Congrats!

    Sam

    • brettsalkeld

      Thanks Sam. I’d like to thank the defense for getting me the ball, the hoggies for blocking, the backs for taking the pressure off, the receivers for catching passes, etc.

      In other news, I was a full 12,000 hits back of Henry for total hits on the year. That’s a big number. HK has a massive and enduring catalogue on here.

  • Even on days when I don’t go near a blog – including my own, I try to stop by here. And yes, the RSS works; having you in my reader makes it simple to see what’s going on here.

    Thanks to all of you for what you do.

  • Welcome, Julia! Glad to have you here!

  • Thales

    Oh boy. Most comments. I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or pleased. I’m leaning to embarrassed. Though I don’t always agree with you posters (which is likely why I comment so often), you do keep up a fascinating blog. Best wishes in the new year!

    • Mark Gordon

      And with your spirit, Thales.

  • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

    Don’t feel embarrassed: we agree so rarely that I often comment when we do, but you are usually insightful in your disagreements.

  • Welcome Julia!

  • My goal for 2012: “GOP economic stupidity in two sentences”!

    • brettsalkeld

      Or in a sentence fragment?