“And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne” constant reader, as we collectively celebrate another successful trip around the sun. Here in the Manifesto HQ all is quiet…rountRee and Rutherford are sequestered in the lounge, donning their carefully constructed outfits for the much anticipated Father Time / Baby New Year cosplay spectacular. I’ll leave it to you to guess how the roles are distributed, I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. In any case, the bar is fully stocked and the vomitorium has been steam-cleaned for your post-revels convenience. Before the party gets started and the traditional games of grab-ass and jai-alai begin, why not join me for a statistical look back at 2017, your favorite blog’s second year of existence.
Let’s begin with the most important numbers, the total number of views, visitors, likes and comments. I take the most pride in the last number, because for my money the Manifesto is all about the celebration and promotion of the lost art of conversation. When you strip it all away we don’t really re-invent the wheel here, but what we are good at is active discourse, even if it’s mostly from a half dozen usual suspects. And even though we are without question one of the smallest, shabbiest blogs in all the land, I doubt there are too many (if any) who can boast larger numbers of comments. It is most impressive to me that even though we had significantly fewer articles posted this year (105 / 70), we managed to wrack up better stats across the board than our first year of operation in 2016.
Here’s how the year broke down by month, I think it’s interesting that even in the stretch between August and October when there were no fresh postings, the blog still did decent numbers (relatively speaking) in comparison to the dead months from the year before.
And now we move on to a short list of the most popular articles of the year. Initially this data point seemed like a buzzkill because on my own fucking blog I should be able to at least crack the top ten! I don’t count the pinned Blog or Die! contest announcement and frankly I’m lucky to be sitting in the number 12 spot. But after putting my considerable ego in check I think it’s actually something to be celebrated. I want to issue a big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to submit an article, you have no idea how much I appreciate it and clearly the readers responded in a big way. It’s also quite interesting to note how a certain Mr. Van Cleave smoked the competition like a cheap cigar, no other contributor even came close to his gaudy numbers. Cheers Aaron, you almost single-handedly made this year one to remember with your Art Hoax masterpiece and without a doubt you drew more eyes to the blog than anyone in it’s brief history.
My favorite statistic of the bunch is without a doubt the global breakdown of where the Manifesto views are coming from. Unfortunately most of these people never say a word on the blog, and some of the hits are no doubt bots, but I find it fascinating and inspiring nonetheless. Malvides! Paraguay! Gibraltar!…the international flavor is palpable, unbeatable and it’s great fun when I’m able to pair up an AFOL to his or her country like Kyle Vrieze in Bermuda, Angka in Indonesia and Gilcelio in Brazil. I never expected to get much play at all outside of the US and Canada so all of this is delicious gravy. Now if I could only get these far-flung readers to comment!
If you’ve ever been curious as to the identities of the biggest gasbags on this august blog, wonder no longer. The only surprise here is that King O’ Gasbags Rutherford is as low as he is and Wolff is as high. I’m glad to see a young guy like Wolff crack the list because God knows we need a break from the geriatric crew from time to time. What is absolutely crystal clear is that rowntRee should start a formal column on the blog, he’s practically conducting his own mini-blog in the comment section. Art School Girlfriend, you need to formalize our relationship and give the people what they want! Ditto to our beloved resident contrarian and bullshit artiste, Vitreolum, nothing would please me more than to give you your very own shiny podium from which to hold forth. Just like the guest-writers I’d like to offer a big THANK YOU to all of the people on this less than comprehensive list, without your commitment to keep the conversation going I would likely not bother with running this dump.
And we’ll conclude our statistical review with an unlikely bit of information, I always assumed our busiest day was Monday, when people returned to their places of employment and studiously began their weekly quest to avoid work. The only conclusion I can draw is that the Friday Night Fights are more popular than I imagined.
I’m very optimistic that we can capitalize on this year’s momentum and make 2018 even better. I think the new, slower posting pace has yielded clear dividends and we’ve certainly brought in more new voices than ever before. You will continue to encounter all the boilerplate content you’ve grown to expect from the Manifesto and I’ve got some hopefully fresh ideas in the works to keep the action fresh in coming weeks and months.
So Happy New Year, constant readers, please accept my heartfelt thanks for making 2017 the best year yet for the Manifesto, you guys (and the occasional gal) make it all worthwhile. Best wishes to you and yours for a safe, happy and prosperous 2018! Now we’ll begin the traditional hallway melee! Gird your loins, it’s on Rutherford, you fascist rat bastard!