8 thoughts on “Fifth Blog-O-Versary”

  1. In the spirit of constructive criticism, I’d like to ask why, fundamentally, you separate Marginal Counterrevolution and Against Jebel al-Lawz into two separate blogs. I’m no expert, but I don’t see how dividing between two URLs could possibly help your traffic. Which means the only benefit is diversification; at some point in the past, you couldn’t have been certain which of the two blogs would be more successful, so maybe it made sense to maintain both. At this point, don’t your traffic statistics paint a clear picture? And as a reader and observer of your posting patterns, isn’t it clear that Marginal Counterrevolution is the winner? If the data says definitely, I’m more than happy to be corrected; I simply wonder if you are hanging on to this older blog for irrational reasons. I acknowledge that the experimental evidence is far from definitive, since (among other reasons) there’s a selection effect with respect to what you chose to post on each domain. But I wonder if you should ask yourself whether you were subconsciously posting high quality (=?= high traffic?) content on MCR instead of AJaL.

    1. Just the fact I have focused most of my efforts on the Marginal Counterrevolution over the past year does NOT necessarily mean I will continue to do so in coming years. I consider it highly useful to separate archaeology and economic history (Against Jebel al-Lawz) from American politics, random news, and political history (Marginal Counterrevolution). These blogs have different purposes and I think they should stay separate. I don’t think alt-right shitposters would find much interest in the stuff on Against Jebel al-Lawz and Against Jebel al-Lawz readers would not care much about the stuff on the Marginal Counterrevolution.

      I don’t make money from this, so I really don’t care which blog gets more views.

        1. This is from revealed preference. I care in the abstract (I would rather have more views than less, all else being equal), but I’m reasonably confident I could increase my view count by a great deal if I put in more effort. Yet, I don’t see myself putting in that effort. So I probably don’t care all that much in actuality.

    2. Also, blog traffic is roughly equal. 21 K views on Against Jebel al-Lawz v. 26 K views on the Marginal Counterrevolution over past year.

      The most important source of new followers over the past year on all my accounts has been Twitter. If I became an active Reddit user, maybe that would also drive up views, but who knows.

      1. FWIW, I think Reddit has been far more influential than Twitter for a while. Twitter is a better-curated, 20-minuted delayed form of Reddit. If future historians decide they really are about the blow-by-blow, minute-by-minute developments in the Boston Marathon Bombing incident, for example, they will certainly consult both Reddit and Twitter (assuming the relevant records exist at the time) but my intuition is that they will find Reddit much more useful. Epistemic status: I was obsessively checking both sources at the time, in real time, separated by a continent and a few time zones from events (i.e. I was in California) but more or less folllowing the situation in real time.

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