The last couple months have been pretty consistent in terms of the numbers, and that’s more than cool by me. If the people who find this site amidst all the rest of its ilk on the intertubes think it’s worth coming back again, that’s the best I can possibly hope for. I’m not much for promotions, and it’s only me operating this thing, so yeah, I’m all the gladder when things hold up as well as they have been.
Also cool is that we topped last month’s numbers. Only by about 500, but in one less day (June being a 30-day month), so that works out to be up a bit per day. In total, as you can see above, there were 218,240 page views for June. As of this post, there are 737 registered users on the forum, where there are 34,269 posts in 2,449 topics. General Discussion alone has 28,650 posts, and it’s hard not to be stoked on that.
There were visits in June from 118 countries, including the Sudan, Angola, Uganda, Cambodia and every country in South America except Suriname. Hey, Suriname, what the hell, dude?
The US and UK still led the pack, with Canada, Germany and Australia behind. In the US, New York City had the most visits, but California won out overall among the states, and Oregon saw a jump too (it beat Massachusetts), which isn’t really all that surprising since it seems like every other band I’m writing about these days is from Portland. My own beloved Garden State came in seventh.
Good fun, and much thanks to all. I can’t even tell you how much nerdy glee I get from seeing these numbers and seeing the different countries, regions and cities. Needless to say, plenty.
Let’s do a little business:
audiObelisk: I owe a podcast, and the plan is to have one up before I come back to work on Tuesday. As of right now, I don’t really have a theme, but rest assured, I’ll spend the weekend obsessing over it and something will hopefully be posted by Monday night.
The Maple Forum: There are 19 copies left of Blackwolfgoat‘s Dronolith. If you want one, buy it here. I saw Darryl play this week in NYC and it was killer. I was going to write it up but lost track of time. I’ll probably post some pictures anyway in the next couple days.
Live reviews: It killed me to miss Sleep in June, but so it goes. If I can get away with it, I’ll go see Sourvein at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn next Friday (Kings Destroy are also playing). Even if I don’t make that, though, I’ll be at YOB/Dark Castle on July 12 and Truckfighters/Kings Destroy/Blue Aside/Borracho at the Cake Shop in Manhattan on the 15th. The next weekend, The Patient Mrs. and I are roadtripping to Detroit to investigate a possible move down the line. I hope to catch Clutch in Flint while I’m there.
Album reviews: Okay, let me do the count. As of my list today, I’m 38 reviews in the hole. I’ve started to turn people away in my email, which it physically disgusts me to do, but it’s gotten to the point where I feel like I can’t do albums justice by saying yes to everything, and if people are going to take the time and spend the money to send me a CD, they deserve the best I can give. All I have here is my work and I need to be able to stand by it. Which I do. So if you get an email from me that says I can’t review your stuff, or if it takes me forever to answer you at all, please don’t take it personally.
Features: Well, we just wrapped the Top Five of the First Half of 2011, if you missed that. This month, I hope to nail down interviews with The Book of Knots, YOB and Sigiriya. I’ll also have Six Dumb Questions with Sons of Alpha Centauri and (although I haven’t hit them up yet about it), Borracho, whose album I just reviewed today. Ben Smith and Bob Russell from The Brought Low were kind enough to send me a track-by-track on their new EP — it’s hilarious and should be up next week — and at some point I want to revisit last year’s top 10 and see which of those records I still give a crap about. That should be interesting.
And of course there’ll be the usual stuff as well: news, track premieres, Ons the Radar, Burieds Treasure and the rest. I’m about to sign off before my head drops on the keyboard from being so god damned tired, but before I split out of the office, I want to say thanks one more time to everyone who reads, comments, emails, capital-L Likes posts, or any of it. It’s huge, and it’s awesome, and it’s more important to me than I feel comfortable saying. So thank you. You. Right there. Thank you.
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Tags: self-aggrandizing, The Numbers