Latest stats on Slugger’s readership…

I haven’t done a stat share for a few years now. Despite being a little nervous about claiming 60,000 readers a month, Google Analytics tells me we’re running at 64,949 in the last period. No doubt in a period when we generally have a low it was helped by the Scottish referendum.

And not least by the on the ground work of David and Phil. One the day itself we had 1,593 new users, and some 25.48% of all users came to us from Scotland. By contrast we had just 34 for Wales and two visits from the Isle of Man.

Peak viewing on any one given day was 7,365 on Friday 12th September, the day Ian Paisley passed away, oh, and other good stuff as well.

Top ten towns/cities for the last month were:

  1. Belfast 29,462
  2. London 14,480
  3. Dublin 9,905
  4. Edinburgh 5,572
  5. Glasgow 5,099
  6. Aberdeen 2,382
  7. Manchester 1,984
  8. Londonderry/Derry 1,363
  9. Bangor 1,070
  10. Lisburn 1,053

The top four are all political centres of their regions/countries, which is sort of place you might expect to find what one former Minister once called an insider’s insider blog. It would be nice to break out of the political bubble a little more often than we currently do though (see our call for new bloggers)

It’s a long time since this blog was a one man band, so I have to thank our hard working and passionate bloggers (both old timers and very new ones) for providing us with some great content over the years.

You may have noticed that as well as the new site (which has gone a long way to reduce the actual cost of running the site to manageable proportions), that we have also taken off all forms of advertising.

We’re going to keep it that way for a while whilst myself and Brian O’Neill look at other ways of raising funds through events, sponsorship, and long form reporting to keep Slugger sustainable, fresh and most importantly of all independent in this its thirteenth year of operation.

I would also like to thank you largely unsung heros who have given donations over the year from the smallest (99p) to the most generous (€100) through the PayPal button on the right hand side of the site. It has all helped greatly keep chins up and the site moving.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • Uncle Tio

    And then there’s me, probably your only (semi)regular reader from Gilroy, California! I’ve been reading you off and on since the old Peace In Northern Ireland forum days on Yahoo (?) Jim McCann

  • Big Yellow Crane

    No-one in Cardiff interested?

  • mickfealty

    San Diego is our hotspot in CA. I think there’s a few expats and one or two U.S. friends down there Jim. California is second to New York in terms of states…

  • mickfealty

    Response has been good so far. One on board, another from Scotland coming. And another three or four emails to open. Cardiff would be good, as would some Dublin bloggers. I feel like I’m holding the fort in that regard.

    If you write it, they will come!

  • Annie Breensson

    I think I have a few cents left from my last ever trip to the USA, Mick. I’d be glad to donate – just not via PayPal.

  • mickfealty

    Last ever Annie? Whyever is that? (ping me an email if you prefer to editor etc?)

  • SeaanUiNeill

    I’m surprised not to find a hotspot of informed intellectial activity such as Larne not up there in the top three. Perhaps Google Analytics have got it wrong.

  • Reader

    Well, Belfast clearly benefits from being an economic centre as much as a political centre (Mick – can you break this down between ‘working’ hours and home hours?).
    No idea why Derry is so nearly the same result as Bangor, given that Bangor is half empty during the working day.

  • Superfluous

    Two from the Isle of Man… erm my house and my office? 🙂

  • mickfealty

    Yep, I’ll feed back when I’m back at Slugger Central…