Bloggety Blah Blah Blah, Fundraiser — January 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

Day 6: 1st Quarter Eclectablog fundraiser – Our 2013 Greatest hits!


As regular readers know, we run quarterly fundraisers at Eclectablog to raise funds to run the site and, more importantly, pay the writers and photographer. Although we do run ads, we are largely dependent upon your generosity for our blogging income. I thought it would be nice to have a look back at 2013 to give you an idea of what we accomplished. You’ll find that below.

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Here are some Eclectablog stats from 2013:

  • 1,323,341 pageviews
  • 778,129 unique visitors (almost exactly two-thirds of which were new visitors)
  • 90.1% of our 1,112,100 visits were from the United States of America, 2.9% from Canada, and 2.0% from the UK.
  • Most of our visitors used the Chrome browser (299,454) or Safari (239,008)
  • Most of you viewed the site on desktop computers (655,215), followed by mobile devices (340,353 – almost two-thirds of which were iPhones), and then tablets (116,537)
  • Most of you are on Windows (477,021) followed by iOS mobile devices (318,581), and Macs (156,108). We’ve even had people visit from Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 consoles!
  • Most popular cities: New York (35,812), Ann Arbor (28,217 a lot of which are probably me), Detroit (24,084), and Chicago (22,597)

All told, there were 912 Eclectablog posts in 2013. Our Top Ten posts were these:

  1. Starving Michigan schools: Capital City Lansing schools eliminate ALL art, music and phys. ed. teachers – 35,364 pageviews
  2. Michigan about to require women to buy “rape insurance” based on petition signed by 4.2% of voters – 25,311 pageviews
  3. Until we restore Glass-Steagall, more big bank bailouts are inevitable (by LOLGOP) – 23,219 pageviews
  4. Snyder admits making Michigan a Right to Work state was never about creating jobs – 23,012 pageviews
  5. Fox “reporter” has new rear excretory orifice installed by Obama State Department – 19,225 pageviews
  6. Michigan Attorney General Schuette: Marriage is for regulating sexual relationships to make babies – 18,830 pageviews
  7. The carried interest loophole for millionaire traders is the perfect example of the tax breaks the GOP is risking recession to protect (by LOLGOP) – 17,726 pageviews
  8. Now Michigan’s Republicans want forced transvaginal ultrasounds (by LOLGOP) – 17,544 pageviews
  9. INTERVIEW: Teacher of the Year used by StudentsFirst & Mackinac Center to promote teacher pay bill he doesn’t support – 15,418 pageviews
  10. 2 new studies prove conservative policies are destroying the middle class (by LOLGOP) – 14,481 pageviews

We also did some amazing interviews with a wide array of people over the year, many of which featured Anne’s remarkable photographs:

Finally, as a special bonus, here are a selection of Anne’s finest photos from 2013. Most of them appeared on Eclectablog but some of them never made into a post and are being seen here for the first time.

Thank you all so much for your support. We’re looking forward to a rocking 2014 where we’ll be on the front lines of helping Democrats regain the Governor’s and Lt. Governor’s offices, the Secretary of State and Attorney General’s offices, and, of course, the state legislature.

If you’d like to help us with our efforts, please consider making a donation today.