I had in mind this morning to do a little checking on how things went in 2011 as compared to 2010, provide a bit of a summary, and muse on about what I intend for 2012.
I’ve finally decided I like blogging, by the way.
Here’s the Google Analytics for 2011 rounded to the nearest 000, with 2010 figures in parentheses.
- Visits: 1,132,000 (1,057,000)
- Unique Visitors: 570,000 (386,000)
- Page Views: 2,402,000 (1,969,000)
- % New Visits: 42% (35%)
A 48% increase in unique visitors! And 42% of all visits to Free the Animal are new visitors, not returning ones. While the majority of traffic is from the US (about 67%), a healthy amount of the increase in those numbers above is from big increases in traffic from the UK (47%), Australia (56%), Sweden (45%), and New Zealand (34%).
I published 225 posts in 2011, compared with 307 in 2010, which perhaps emphasizes the increase in readership even more. 27% fewer posts, 48% more unique visitors. Work less, get “paid” more. How can you complain about that? But, I wasn’t the only one who worked. In 2010 you commenting readers put up 13,700 comments in those 307 posts. In 2011, you put up 14,300 on 225 posts. That’s an average of 45 comments per post in 2010 to 64 comments over the last year, a 42% increase in comment ferocity. Thank you very much for all your comment hard work. Well, except perhaps for “Chase.”
This is truly one of the foulest and least content based blogs I’ve come across. Dicky Nicky is a masterful example of a simple mind attempting to make a point with vulgar language. His foul mouth and foul fingers leave a dirty taste on each user who stumbles upon his poorly prepared screeds. The only people who don’t leave feeling their intelligence insulted by this disgusting man who seemingly detests beauty and order are those who also have learned to like ugly and see the world in an ugly manner.
Eating “paleo” (whatever that means) since 1990 – no blogs or internet needed, just ate home prepared meals from whole foods without any junk and I guess I’ve been “paleo” all this time. Hah.
One piece of advice:
Cut out the trash sites like this in your life and watch your intelligence, mental composure, and overall sense of well-being begin to be restored. Seriously, you’d be healthier watching 30 minutes of TV (light entertainment, not the news) a day than reading and interacting with the likes of Dicky Nicky’s blog.
Well, I guess people aren’t following his “one piece of advice.” Hell, even he isn’t following it. Reminds me of the exchange from Private Parts.
Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes a day. The average Howard Stern fan listens for—are you ready for this?—an hour and twenty minutes.
Kenny: How could this be?
Researcher: Answer most commonly given: “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
Kenny: All right, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Kenny: But… if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer: “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
Back to the regularly scheduled programming, about 300,000 visitors in 2011 visited in excess of 50 times and of those, about 120,000 visited more than 200 times.
Here’s the top 10 sites that sent visitors to Free the Animal in 2011 (excludes search).
- Facebook: 65,000
- Mark’s Daily Apple: 63,000
- Twitter: 41,000
- Leangains: 35,000
- StumbleUpon: 29,000
- boingboing: 28,000
- Whole Health Source: 22,000
- Fathead: 10,000
- Gizmodo: 9,000
- Hunter-Gatherer: 9,000 (I’m number 5 on his list, so he has some catching up to do)
Here’s the top 12 posts in terms of page views for 2011, which of course is a bit skewed, as older posts have an advantage over otherwise popular posts, but have only been up for a few weeks or months.
- Paleo I Don’t Care: I Like No Soap; No Shampoo (64,000)
- A Most Successful Self-Experiement: Over 18 Months Soap and Shampoo Free (39,000; and I still am, a year later)
- Leangains: Martin Berkhan’s Workout Approach (39,000)
- Leangains: Martin Berkhan Means It (33,000)
- Paleo Diet Problems (29,000)
- A 100% Raw Vegan Success Story (28,000)
- Leangains: The Dietary Approach (25,000)
- I’m A Happy Camper: Interim Progress Update (17,000)
- Meat “Crust” Pizza; It’s Meatza! (15,000)
- No Soap or Poo Update (15,000)
- Liquid Fat Bomb Smoothie: The Ultimate “Energy Drink” That Will Blow Your Mind (13,000)
- Vegan Lies and their Stick Figure People (12,000)
Some “off blog” highlights of 2011, in chronological order of occurrence.
- Richard Nikoley Interview | The LCJ Podcast 15 (Podcast interview with Hank Garner)
- paleo Weekly Episode 3 (Podcast interview with Hank Garner and Steve Cooksey)
- Latest in Paleo #17: The Diet of No-Diet (Podcast co-hosting with Angelo Coppola)
- My “Free the Animal” presentation at The 21 Convention in Orlando, FL (Video)
- My Presentation on Self-Experimentation at the 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium (Video)
- Latest in Paleo #28: AHS Animal Style (Podcast interview with Angelo Coppola about the Ancestral Health Symposium of 2011)
On a personal level, 2011 was my toughest year since embarking on this journey. At the very end of 2010 I suffered an injury that was thought to be a rotator cuff. But an MRI finally revealed it as an injury to a cervical vertebra: that kept me in chronic, 24/7 pain for the first few months of the year. I blogged about it in these three posts:
- Lost Mojo: an Impinged Rotator Cuff and now, “Pine Mouth” – What Else?
- This is One Big Ass Pain in the Neck!
- Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS): Can Your Mind Really Heal Your Back, Neck, Shoulder, Butt, and Leg Pain?
And then it returned in mid summer, though for a shorter period. The pain was excruciating, resulting in a pretty poor attitude and quite a lot of not caring very much. I couldn’t go to the gym, I was often in too much pain to cook, so I went to restaurants a lot. The result is I lost tone (such as you see here) and put on some fat to the tune of about 15 pounds—and it shows in those video presentations listed above. Thankfully, the pain has been gone for some time, cropping up only now and then and recently, not at all. So, I’m back in the gym, eating well, limiting indulgences and plan to be in top shape before too long.
Looking ahead to 2012, I should have the book published very soon. There were some issues with getting it all PDFed, and then the holidays happened. That should be a pretty big deal for this year and I’ve written it specifically to introduce new people to paleo.
Beyond that, I greatly enjoyed doing the presentations and I want to do more of them. I’m already scheduled for The 21 Convention this summer in Austin, TX, and prior to that, also in Austin, is the Paleof(x) Conference and I’m tentatively scheduled to present at that. . . .And, so far as I know, I’ll be on the presentation roster for the Ancestral Health Symposium next August, which will be held at Harvard. Finally, I have been exploring the possibility of hitting the road with my own style and brand of “seminar” or some such thing. If I do, rest assured that it’ll be wild and unlike anything anyone else is doing. So, coming soon to a hotel near you, perhaps. We’ll see.
Last but not least, a little reminder of why I do all this stuff. Here’s a couple of emails and a Tweet received over the last couple of days.
My name is Jim, and I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoy your blog. I think I first stumbled upon it the day I also found Mark’s Daily Apple…someone on that forum had linked to a post of yours I believe. For quite some time I had been looking for both the method and the motivation for losing some of my extra weight. I was an all-American thrower in college, but had lost control in the past few years and at my heaviest was 335lbs. On a 6’7″ frame it’s not the worst, but I remember how I felt physically at that point, and I hated it, but couldn’t seem to do anything about it. In the couple of years after that I was able to get down to about 310, but no further.
Anyhow, Mark’s Daily Apple helped show me the method I was looking for, but it was your “New Year’s Resolutions Are Bullshit” post that really gave me the motivation to get after it. Specifically, the picture with the caption “Fuck you”. That day, I remember looking in the mirror and saying “Fuck you!” to what I saw – since that time (October 1, 2011), I’ve lost almost 30lbs and am exercising much more effectively. In addition, I’m taking more of a “follow your instinct” approach to almost everything. In short, my whole attitude has changed, and it really feels like I’ve figured a lot of things out.
Again, thanks, and may your 2012 be a prosperous one!
You too, Jim.
When my father died on Nov 9 2011 I realized that I didnt have anything to wear to the memorial so I took my son and myself to get us suits for the ceremony. I was measured at a 42 waist and size 50 coat and a 23 inch neck for the shirt. This was the start of the embarrasement.
So after the ceremony we went to a relatives house for dinner and my nephew, who I havent seen for about 6 months came in and I noticed that he was incredibly smaller than the last time I seen him, and I asked him what he had been doing, and he told me his Dad (my sisters ex husband) put him on a paleo diet. So naturally I sought out my ex brother in law who it turns out is a certified trainer and puts all his clients on some form of paleo diet.
So I scoured the internet ( must have wasted 80 hours of work time) gathering as much info as possible, and decided to give it a go on Nov 29th.
Your website and Marks Daily Apple have been a great source of information and motivation. So 5 weeks in I am down to 227 lbs, have been going back to the gym and using the information on your site about the Leangains approach for a workout and feeling great. Iwas able to pull the jeans I had hidden from my wife and wear them, and just this weekend bought 2 pairs of 36 that actually fit.
I know I have a long way to go, but I am enjoying this and no longer crave beer which is the biggest blessing so far.
Thank you for everything. If you want I can keep you posted on my progress, the only problem is I am going to have a hard time finding a before photo because I have been hiding from the camera for at least the past five years.
Absolutely Mike. Keep me posted. And best wishes for continued success.
And Mark Rutkowski Tweets:
44 years old today and in the best shape of my life. Thanks @Mark_Sisson and @rnikoley for showing the way.
Alright, when I do this same gig a few days into 2013, y’all kick my ass if a big improvement hasn’t been logged and registered in all relevant areas.