2009 in statistics and popular blog posts


4:49 pm - January 2nd 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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2009 year was a tremendous year for LibCon – well, our second year since launching in Nov 2007. Our visitor figures doubled and we hosted a tremendous range of debate on the blog, and attracted comment across other blogs.

The most notable trend is perhaps how social media is becoming an increasingly important space where people post links and have debates.

Most of our referrals now come from Twitter, Facebook and the Guardian website (primarily from CIF writers and commenters).

Totals for 2009
399,274 Absolute Unique Visitors, which accounted for
824,546 visits by people, who contributed to
1,726,083 page views


(the trail-off at the end refers to the Christmas period)

By early next year we should hit the 100,000 absolute unique visitors a month mark.

Top 25 blog posts of the year (by views)
1. Sunny H: Is Michael Jackson still alive? (mostly just Google juice)
2. Martin Robbins: Legalising drugs: Lessons from Portugal
3. Stuart White: The Seige of Climate Camp
4. J Clive Matthews: UK v USA – the basic healthcare facts
5. Claude Carpentieri: Jan Moir in the Daily Mail: Sicking homophobia
6. Sunny H: Daniel Hannan – the new Tory saviour!
7. Publicansdecoy: Why don’t men wear skirts?
8 Unity: A few facts about teenage pregnancy
9. Laurie Penny: Little Lolitas
10. Unity: Pseudoscience is not a valid educational choice
11. Unity: Blogging and the PCC: A collective response
12. Sunny H: The Nadine Dorries legal action: Something odd
13. Sunder Katwala: So who does the Mail think is British?
14. Cath Elliott: Betraying sex workers
15. Conor Foley: Anti-semitism, the left and human rights
16. Sunny H: An attempt to smear Mehdi Hasan from New Statesman
17. Cath Elliott: The BNP’s lies in Norwich North
18. Anton Vowl: Blame for the BNP ‘protest’ vote
19. Unity: The Inconvenient Truth about David Rose’s ‘Special Investigation’
20. Left Outside: Against the ban on minarets
21. Jamie Sport: Daniel Hannan is a national disgrace
22. Sarah Ditum: How churnalists become friends to the BNP
23. Sunny H: We hereby resign from PoliticsHome…
24. Martin Robbins: Is the Green Party anti-science?
25. Chris Dillow: Towards a police state

Top blog referrers
pickledpolitics.com
hurryupharry.org
septicisle.info
bloggerheads.com
stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com
labourlist.org
ministryoftruth.me.uk
order-order.com
enemiesofreason.blogspot.com
chickyog.net
pennyred.blogspot.com
layscience.net

I’ll be announcing some changes to LibCon set up later this week.

Postscript: A note about right-wingers complaining about our editorial policy (other posts) of exposing the vacuousness Conservative Party can take heart from these figures and stop trying to dictate what we should be publishing.

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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Reader comments


Good to see Sunny.

Of course, this means you will now be subject to ridicule from the Right.

The Right wing response is first to ignore, then ridicule, and then attack. You will soon be moving to the point when Darce and his goons will be camping outside your house.

Hurrah for steadily-increasing graphs!

Just a small correction though, Sunny; it was Martin Robbins who wrote the piece on drug decriminalisation in Portugal. I wrote something quite similar (though not quite as thorough) for my own blog, but the piece you link to is his.

“the trail-off at the end refers to the Christmas period”

or the class war obsession phase.

sally – it came as no surprise to me. All par for the course when it comes to engaging with right-wingers.

Neil – whoops, thanks, now corrected.

Praguetory – wow, you guys really want to me to stop talking about that hey?

Congratulations, Sunny and all. It’s a well designed project you’ve got with a collection of good writers.

“A note about right-wingers complaining about our editorial policy (other posts) of exposing the vacuousness Conservative Party can take heart from these figures and stop trying to dictate what we should be publishing.”

Heh heh – you’d have thought they’d notice the name of the site before complaining.

Fuck off, Dominic Fisher. Twat.

7. publicansdecoy

Wow. I had no idea the skirts thread discussion had continued for so long.

Why Prague tory post on the site ?.
Why not stick to harrys place or Iain Dale ?
You must enjoy the company you impotent dolt

Wow. I had no idea the skirts thread discussion had continued for so long.

Yeah – most of it is google juice but its the only one on the list from 2008 and continues to attract hits/mentions. Heh.

I’m just proud to see an excellent range of content here.

No idea why the Tory trolls can’t just say something intelligent for once…

“No idea why the Tory trolls can’t just say something intelligent for once…”

Oh, I can give you 100’s of reasons why they can’t Sunny.

11. Praguetory

^ wow, you guys really want to me to stop commenting here, hey?

Ok, now I see a point in doing endless end of year posts. Namely Unity’s excellent post on Teenage Pregnany. Thanks.


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