Yesterday, we hit 3 million pageviews for 2010. Today, we’ll have our millionth visit. 45% growth on 2009 even with the few days we were offline and a couple when stats data wasn’t captured. It’s not just a small cadre of hardcore fans (although, do we love you guys and girls) – over 212,000 unique visitors have visited The Standard this year.
For a long time, our busiest day remained the Tuesday before the 2008 election (I think there must have been news stories about the site that day). But the title was finally claimed by February the 15th, the day that we launched The Standard 3.0 with the new layout. It didn’t hold first place long though, being knocked off by February – the day Parliament resumed. The record was held by that day until October 27th when the Twittersphere went crazy for Lynn’s piece on the Assange persecution and we got huge viewership from Northern Europe.
Of course, it’s the commenters and guest posters as much as the regular authors who make the site. Over 93,000 comments this year (first one at 5am on New Year’s Day), 125 guest posts, 350 open mikes, and 1900 posts by the authors.
It wouldn’t happen without Lynn though. He keeps the site running with countless hours of work. During the big Easter crash he worked non-stop for three days. At least now we have some donation and ad money coming in we can afford better servers (hope they can handle 5 million pageviews next year, Lynn).
Thanks a lot for the money you contribute and for putting up with the ads, we really do appreciate it. That money has relieved a big burden on Lynn’s wallet and allowed us to start building up a war-chest for election year fun, which we hope you’ll be part of.
Well, that’s it for me for the year – apart from one on the GDP numbers if they’re interesting and one more on the new economy if I can be bothered finishing it. Have a great Christmas and New Year’s, y’ll.