As promised last year, I didn’t bore you with our stats for an entire year, but Christian thought it was time I did my job (I really don’t understand why) So here’s my version: This site had more hits and visitors than I could ever imagine. Okay, further down I will give you Christian’s more detailed report or he’ll bring out the whip. 😮
Last time we did this report, the numbers for the 2 years from June 2009, when we moved to this website, to the end of June 2011 were: 119 million hits and 2 million visitors. For the one year period from July 2011 to the end of June 2012 the number of hits has increased to 242.8 million – (I can’t count that high) more than 100%, and visitors have gone up to 3.8 million, an increase of 1.8 million.
While visitors to the site from the United States remain the most loyal in terms of numbers at 55.9%, surprisingly the country with the next highest numbers is China where the visitors doubled, and I have no idea why that is, I’m just very appreciative. Next is Germany with 4.5% (Christian must be doing a fantastic job of praising the site to all his friends ); and the United Kingdom at 4.42%. A huge thank you to everyone for logging on.
Here are the detailed charts:
Our success is due to all of you and numbers are only part of the picture. While they are gratifying, for me the most important aspect of what this represents is the loyalty you have shown towards the site and I would like to express my personal appreciation to you for continuing to drop by in increasing numbers over the past year.
I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to the guest reviewers who are such an important part of the site. They are our cornerstone and the people who write those incredible reviews during their own time that readers love and use as the basis for their new m/m book purchases. Our reviewers are the best in the business and they give you their honest, unvarnished opinions about the books they review without resorting to snark, a skill very few of us possess. Two reviewers who have been here the longest and contributed the most in terms of their time and talent are Kassa and Jenre who joined the site almost from the very beginning. Aunt Lynn who is now my partner, joined around that time as well. Thanks guys — you rock! I really appreciate you.
While I’m usually the first person you write to when something goes wrong or praise when things go right, a site like this could not exist for this length of time without major contributions by others. We could never have achieved even a modicum of our current level of success without the outstanding talents and contributions of Christian Otto, our Webmaster, and Lynn, my partner and technical expert, who together keep the site running on oiled wheels (almost).
I also want to say how much it means to me to have such a talented group of guest bloggers who provide many entertaining and original essays whenever I ask. Words cannot express how much I love our author contributors who have written the most outstanding and insightful posts that make us think.
This year, in addition to author contributors Josh Lanyon, who is currently on “sabbatical” (that’s his word for holiday), Ethan Day, and Jaye Valentine, we have been honored to have these wonderful authors contribute regular columns: Jordan Castillo Price and Nicole Kimberling. Other authors such as Jay Bell, Ethan Stone, James Buchanan, Jeff Pearce, Clare London and Erastes wrote scintillating posts on topics they thought would be of interest to you and you sure responded in large numbers. If you wrote a guest post on the site and I didn’t mention your name please email me as the omission wasn’t deliberate – my memory fails often particularly when I imbibe too much and eat a lot of chocolate. :whip: Our newest guest contributor, Cody Hecht, added another dimension to this site by giving us his views as a young gay adult and I’m incredibly grateful to hear from him as I know you are.
Thanks to everyone who works behind and in front of the scenes to support reviewsbyjessewave.