Thursday, May 12, 2011

Who is reading The Harvest?

The Harvest blog is over one year old now and I am astonished after checking the blog statistics to find that I've clocked up some thousands of pageviews. Since only a handful of people comment I never know if these posts are being read at all, so I'm gratified to find that they aren't disappearing unnoticed into the ether.

The overwhelming majority of pageviews - 3,589 so far - come from the United States, another surprise. I often reference my blog on Twitter or Facebook where, to my knowledge, I have only a few American friends/followers. So I'm not sure where the Americans discovered The Harvest, but welcome! After the US come the following countries:

Ireland 1,772
United Kingdom 1,108
India 565
Canada 442
Brazil 392
Norway 337
Japan 319
Germany 221
Australia 212

Ireland and UK I understand. I know at least one Indian and one Norwegian who regularly reads and comments. But who in Germany is checking The Harvest? If you are reading now, say hello!

Blogger allows me to see the source from which people clicked through to The Harvest. The majority come via Twitter, which is a relief since I worried sometimes that nobody was paying my promotion there any attention.

The next highest source is Diverse Similarities, the blog of a Pakistani writer called Tahera who kindly links to some of my posts. I owe you one, Tahera. The (non-alcoholic) drinks are on me! Tahera writes on topics similar to some of those covered in this blog: development, media, poverty, health and so on.

Pageviews have gradually increased since the blog was founded, but seem for some reason to have peaked and gone into reverse:

I'm hoping this last dip is just because we are only a few days into May and once the month's full pageviews are tallied it will look healthier. The peak month so far is February of this year, with 1,771 views.

So what posts are people viewing? I am a little bothered by this, for the most popular post by far is this one, crudely titled "Modern art is BULLSHIT". Written with tongue partly in cheek, this post was an experiment in writting aggressively and confidently about a topic I knew little about.

Two days later I admitted my ignorance about modern art, pointing out how much more authoritative and impressive it read when I wrote with conviction. Confident nonsense, I realised, was more persuasive and compelling than caution. It seems I was right, since my confident anti-modern art post got 883 pageviews and the careful explanation for it got fewer than 100.

Other popular posts were:

Why brutal rape porn probably isn't sexist
664 Pageviews

Did the War on Terror work?
630 Pageviews

Just how kinky is Pakistan?
231 Pageviews

Colonisation does not explain modern poverty
221 Pageviews

China's Cultural Revolution was Western Cultural Imperialism
150 Pageviews

Murder rates steady or falling
136 Pageviews

Doubts about Equality
133 Pageviews

Coastlines, climate and coin
124 Pageviews

Good times for weird ideas
119 Pageviews

So some of the more controversial topics attracted the greatest number of readers. The rape porn post suggested that pornography which depicts men violently abusing women might not be necessarily sexist, but only indicate that a certain proportion of men enjoying dominating the people they find sexually attractive, be they men or women. The War on Terror post argued that attempts to find a military solution to Islamist terrorism had mainly failed.

So that is the way The Harvest looks right now. Thanks to all my readers, and to those who haven't commented so far, feel free to! Otherwise email me with comments at, or simply follow me on Twitter.


  1. Since you created this blog after I moved to Brazil, my country statistics will go to Brazil instead of Turkey :P

    (PS: I will start using proxies to visit your blog to give you some mindfuck. "Angola: 175, Brunei 86, Liechtenstein 38, Paraguay 54, Nepal 200, Gabon 93... What the hell is going on here?")

  2. Congratulations by the way. I think you really deserve this multinational audience. Keep up the good work.

  3. You're welcome, Shane. I can see why more readers are visiting your blog: the content is relevant and interesting, and always well-argued. More power to you!


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