Monday, May 22, 2017

This Blog Has Now Entered Puberty



Last May 22, I made a big deal of The Rap Sheet’s birthday. But then, that date marked 10 years since this blog was officially launched. Today is, well, The Rap Sheet’s 11th birthday, and as such anniversaries go, anything between 10 and 15 tends to be overlooked. I have nothing profound to say on this occasion.

However, let me share just a few interesting statistics.

We’ve now put up more than 6,800 posts on this page, and have registered almost 4.9 million page views. Something happened over the last year—I don’t know what, maybe just word-of-mouth publicity—which has resulted in The Rap Sheet clocking in far more visitors than it had previously: in excess of 3,500 each day, up from 1,500 to 2,500 visitors a day back in early 2016. Such stats are probably chicken feed when compared with what prominent news sites such as The New York Times or The Washington Post register, or what a publisher-backed, daily updated crime-fiction site such as Criminal Element boasts. But for The Rap Sheet—which is really more a labor of love than a paying proposition—I think they’re pretty outstanding.

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog on a regular, or even irregular, basis. Your interest in the genre and your warm reception of our efforts to cover it keep us going.

11 comments:

Jerry House said...

Happy anniversary! Keep 'em coming.

Gram said...

I look forward to this blog every day. Thank you.

Kristopher said...

Happy Blogaversary! The Rap Sheet is always a must visit.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My blog is eleven years old too but I remember TRS being up when I started so it must have been later in the year.

Art Taylor said...

Congrats on the anniversary!

Jacqueline Fiedler said...

Contratulations! I always look forward to your new posts in my email in-box. Your blood is always timely and I love the links you provide, which I often follow and I before I know it, half the day is gone. Um, thanks! :)

BVLawson said...

Happy Anniversary and here's to many more!

Gram Lynch said...

Happy 11th anniversary to my favourite crime book blog!

Jacqueline Fiedler said...

Good grief. Where's auto-correct when I need it? That was ConGratulations! And your BLOG, not your blood. LOL

TracyK said...

It is amazing, the years go by too fast now. Happy Anniversary and I hope you are still doing this in 11 more years. I went back and looked at the posts in your first month of blogging here, and there are some very interesting posts there. Your quality of output continues, of course.

Ali Karim said...

Top Biff - you are a wonderful writer and editor - can't believe it's 11 years!