We have survived another year. And when you get right down to it, sheer survival is the reason any of us celebrate birthdays. We are seven years old today — we made our first post on November 21, 2009.
As I wrote at the time of our last birthday (and it remains true), seven years isn’t very long when compared to the lifespan of your average Galápagos tortoise, but measured by the lifespan of your average metal blog, we’re almost ready for a nursing home.
I continue to be amazed and thankful that we’re still here, that so many good friends are still devoting themselves to writing for NCS on a purely volunteer basis, and that so many readers haven’t yet gotten fed up and purged us from their lives.
As we celebrate hanging on for another year, I want to give special thanks to two friends who have been here the longest and most consistently in sharing this strange obsession with me:
Andy Synn’s first post was a review of Dimmu Borgir’s Abrahadabra on September 23, 2010. And DGR’s first post was a series of year-end lists on December 28, 2011. They are good dudes, and their fortitude is to be admired for manning the ramparts of our rough-hewn and ramshackle fortress for so many years.
Another old-timer, TheMadIsraeli, has recenty surfaced again after a long break, and as I look back over the last year thanks are also in order for the contributions of many other fine folks — among them Austin Weber, Comrade Aleks, Gorger, Wil Cifer, Grant Skelton, Todd Manning, Craig Hayes, Kaptain Carbon, KevinP, Karina Cifuentes, and Evita Hofmane. (I feel sure I’m forgetting some people, and I blame my hangover for the oversight.)
Of course, we are also grateful to those of you who visit NCS and to all the metal bands and visual artists whose creativity is the reason for our existence
And now for the annual round-up of boring statistics. Since we launched NCS seven years ago, we’ve published 7,935 posts, including this one — and 1,283 of them appeared in the 12 months since our last birthday. We’ve continued to post something on almost every day including weekends and holidays, with just a few misses.
At this writing, we’ve received 66,634 comments since the beginning, exclusive of spam, and I’m guessing that now only a small fraction of those are mine.
According to Google Analytics, we’ve had 481,246 unique visitors over the last year from all over the world, and since this time last year we’ve had 1,932,534 page views, which is 148,400 more than we had the year before.
As another measure of our support, the “likes” for our Facebook page have grown from 17,108 at this time last year to 26,022 as I write this today. This leaves us only 201,838 likes behind the FB page for Cheese Whiz, which is really inspirational.
In keeping with data from past years, over the last 12 months less than half the visits to our U.S.-based site (41.43%) have come from people in the U.S. 6.55% have come from the UK and 5.75% from Canada, and the balance have come from more than 100 other countries around the world, with Germany, Australia, Poland, France, Italy, Sweden, and The Netherlands rounding out the top 10, in that order.
To once again paraphrase Blade Runner, I don’t know how long we’ll have together… Who does? I hope we’ll still be here at this time next year and I hope you’ll still be here with us.