In the wee hours of this morning, the Monster was viewed for the 10,000th time. Not a bad achievement for a blog dedicated to historical obscurities that only launched nine months ago. So, thanks to all of you for checking us out and thanks even more to our commenters who make posting so worthwhile!
Rather than fireworks, I thought it might be appropriate to celebrate by pulling back the curtain to reveal a few facts and statistics, following the example of Nick at Mercurius Politicus.
Since July 18th, 2012, we’ve had:
- 53 posts
- 205 comments
- 10,004 views, around 40 per day
- 74 different countries from which vistors have arrived
- 260 views on a single day (September 2nd, thanks to a link to ‘A royal mistress’ from Two Nerdy History Girls)
We’ve received most of our readers via links from:
- search engines
- Two Nerdy History Girls
- Investigations of a Dog
- Georgian Bawdyhouse
- … and our own academic profiles
Perhaps most interesting are the search terms that have been used to find us. The most popular is, of course, ‘many-headed monster’. Interestingly, ‘archivist’ is in second place, perhaps thanks to the archival miscellany. Other unsurprising results include ‘what shall we do with a drunken sailor’, ‘civil war comic strip’ and ‘microhistory’. More unexpectedly, we also have a few readers who’ve found us by searching for ‘animated fireworks’, ‘hairy child’, ‘devil church’ and, most confusing of all, the nine clicks from ‘dirty mind of young sally’. I pity the poor saps who were looking for a local Satanist congregation or a 1973 ‘adult comedy’ only to find over-thought analysis of some early modern oddity.
Oh well, the more the merrier … Satanists and skin-flick fans, we welcome you!
Thanks for assembling these statistics Brodie, and thank you to all you readers, commenters, likers, linkers, and confused pleasure-seekers who make this enterprise worthwhile! I still don’t quite understand how the latter made it here using those search terms, but still, that’s the murky world of analytics for you…
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