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Best two months ever!

Forgive me if you find bloggers trumpeting their traffic numbers to be painfully boring. Truth be told, sometimes I find them boring too. However, I hope you’ll indulge me just this once, given that regular readers know how rarely I do posts dedicated to discussing my traffic. (Just remember that blogging is an exercise in ego gratification, anyway.) It’s just that March and April have been the best two months ever in terms of traffic on this blog, and I can’t resist taking a moment to post about it. Just take a look:


In March, there were 128,996 visits to Respectful Insolence, and in April there were 141,614 visits. That’s well over a quarter of a million visits in just two months and shatters the previous record traffic month in July 2007. I have to admit that I’m utterly floored. True, it may not be much compared to a certain other ScienceBlogger here, who happens to generate more than ten times my traffic, but to me it’s huge.

Of course, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the last three years, it’s that peaks in traffic tend to be followed by troughs and that usually those troughs are followed by a slow climb over several months back to previous heights. Indeed, I would be very surprised if traffic equals either of these two months in May.

But, hey, surprise me.

In the meantime, since it’s Sunday I think I’ll just chill out and enjoy the glow during the brief time that it lasts. After three years, I still remained utterly blown away by the realization that so many people actually like my logorrheic ramblings here.

Reality will hit on Monday soon enough.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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