A commenter a while back asked me why I cared about my blog stats. This, when I was reeling from all the traffic in January from links from various high traffic sites like Boing Boing and Gizmodo.
In my reply to that comment I explained that the stats are merely an indication that Paleo is catching on. I also could have said that I care because I can. That is, because I have the high traffic to care about. But I also think that in addition being an obvious sign that things Paleo are catching on, it can also be taken to mean that there’s a convergence going on. It’s not just Paleo, but Primal and Evolutionary fitness and also of various low-carb approaches and the Real Food movement in general, typified by the Weston A. Price folks. And also keep in mind the three books published in 2010: The Primal Blueprint, The Paleo Solution, and The New Evolution Diet. Wow, big year!
So let’s take a look at the numbers and you can judge for yourselves.
For the entire year of 2010 ending 12/31/2010, Free the Animal achieved 1,057,000 visits and 1,970,000 page views. In terms of "absolute unique visitors:" 386,000. That’s pretty cool. And compared to all of 2009, 494,000 visits, 893,000 page views and 195,000 unique visitors. Pretty much everything doubled and more.
In terms of the last 12 months ending 1/31/2011, here’s what it looks like:
FTA Visits and Page Views
Yes, quite a bump in January, representing tens of thousands of new exposures to the Paleo-ish way. Visits in January were 185,000 and page views, 304,000. There were 91,000 unique visitors to compare with the 40,000 unique visitors for December, 2010.
The issue, of course, is keeping as many around to achieve their own results, get involved, and spread the word. So I guess I better get busy.
To keep on spreading the word, let your Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers know.