Happy birthday to us, it’s good to be us.
WeaponsMan.com went live on 1 Jan 2012 with a post we called, “Signal to Noise Ratio,” setting out the philosophy behind WeaponsMan. We wrote:
Here’s how we’re going to try to keep the S/N high on here.
- Stick to what we actually know
- Document and source facts where we can
- Explain the reasoning, as well as source the facts, behind our opinions.
It’s really not ours to say whether we hit that X-Ring or not. But we know our intent to keep the blog apolitical and above the fray collapsed when we were attacked in late 2012 by anti-gun forces of the media and politics, and saw a number of Quislings in our own ranks flushed out. We’d rather talk tech, and we definitely don’t want to be just another site with predictable political rants.
We’d rather throw unpredictable weapons facts at you. But we’re not going to roll over and play dead in the face of billionaire enemies who look at the Gestapo and see, not a chilling lesson, but a model of police work and domestic surveillance deserving emulation. To hell with that. We were too young to fight the Nazis, but spent a long time fighting their soul brothers, the Communists. And we’ll fight their fifth columns at home.
That said, through 3,248 live posts (counting this one), we have tried to keep the site entertaining and informative. To that end, we posted about 30 Saturday Matinee movie reviews, as well as our When Guns Are Outlawed series where we look at some of the gunless ways people have for doing mayhem unto themselves, loved ones, or perfect strangers.
Over the years, we increased our post rate to the point where we post four posts most days, except for Christmas and maybe Thanksgiving Day. We would not be shocked to see that roll back to two or three posts a day in 2015, as we have more analog stuff to do. In 2014, we posted about 1,360 posts containing about 950,000 words, or about ten genre novels’ worth (or one Russian novel). We’re still going to give you at least one gun tech, history or usage post, and one military, SOF or warfare post, every working day.
A Million Hits on Our Humble Blog
Yes, we did get a million hits in 2014. The actual total was 1,081,435, and there was a period of six weeks (from 1 Sept 14 to 14 Oct 14) that we collected no data, so the real total was probably more like 1.2 million. (We only have unique visitor numbers from 14 Oct, and they come to 341,740).
Thank you guys! That includes the regular readers, the commenters (who are kind of like the corps d’elite of readers, no?), and especially the many fine folks from many fine sites that have mentioned us, linked to us, or gotten into pissing contests in our comments.
What are some good goals for 2015? Maybe we need some New Years’ Resolutions.