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

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