Traffic on this site has grown pretty steadily since it began in January of 2009. I originally intended the site to serve only as support for the book Why Evolution is True, and I would put up an occasional post about some new scientific development supporting the truth of evolution.
Well, things sorta got out of hand. But it’s nice, because I get to post about what I want, be it science, boots, atheism, cats, travel, or food, and I’ve somehow garnered a group of enthusiastic and really smart readers, which gratifies me no end.
Right now we’re getting between 12,000 and 20,000 views per day (averaging 17,730/day this month), and so when I looked at the total views at 6 a.m. this morning, I saw this:
This means, of course, that we’ll pass 10,000,000 views sometime today, probably in the afternoon (things are slow on Saturday). In honor of this landmark, an autographed paperback of WEIT will go to the person who posts a comment closest to the time that the meter ticks over.
Now this is not an incentive to comment like crazy, because nobody, least of all I, can predict when we’ll start our second ten million. But if you want to put up one comment at a time you calculate would be appropriate, you’ll be in the running. Saturday is usually pretty slow, and the views/day for the last five Saturdays have been (starting Nov. 5) 18,405; 22,638; 15,495; 12,008; 12,290. My guess would be somewhere between 12,000 and 14,000 views for today.
You do the math, make a comment somewhere if you wish (I get them all on email), and I’ll watch the clock. You might win a book.
Mainly, though, I want use this occasion to thank all the readers who stick around, read, and comment. As I’ve said before, I learn a lot more from reading the comments than I do from writing the posts. Many thanks!