PaleoBabble 2013: Statistical Year in Review

It’s that time of year again – my annual report to all the stockholders of sanity who’ve invested some time on this blog. Here’s how the effort to combat the tidal wave of twaddle about the ancient world went this year:

The PaleoBabble blog entertained (pun intended) 213,139 visitors this year. All time (a little over five years’ running) there have been 574 posts to date at a word count of 118,009.

In a related effort, particularly with respect to the ancient astronaut quackery, my Sitchin Is Wrong website served a lot of customers:

unique visitors: 140,232
number of visits: 173,345
website hits: 1,240,863

The Ancient Aliens Debunked YouTube documentary has, to date, just over 2.8 million views. I appeared in that documentary, which was created by Chris White.

More comprehensively, my homepage averaged just under a million hits a month. (I need to start doing something intentional here … and that will happen soon … to get over that hump). Here are the homepage stats:

unique visitors: 362,522
number of visits: 1,034,272
website hits: 11,578,595

Thanks!

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Heads Up on PaleoBabble 2013 and Stats

Just a few notes.

I usually post statistics for the year on Jan 1, but I can’t do that (for the blogs anyway) this year, since my last wordpress upgrade destroyed my statistics plug in. I’m trying to get a new one in place (still). Now wordpress tells me I need to upgrade AGAIN to get any new plugin to work. So…

I will be upgrading this blog sometime in the middle of January. That means it may go down again, if recent history holds (the last two upgrades have nearly destroyed the site). I’ll be taking plenty of time to get backups in place before the upgrade. Even if I have to re-install the whole thing, I should be fine.  So, be aware of all this.

The above will also allow me to install some new security for the site. My host tells me there have been repeated hacking attempts on this blog. Probably another open-minded fundamentalist Sitchinite.

Statistically, all I can share of relevance for this audience is that my homepage and my Zecharia Sitchin website have continued to rise in traffic.  The stats are below. Thanks to all who visit and read!

Mike’s Homepage:

unique visitors 2009 169152
2010 239607
2011 243543
2012 286,675
number of visits 2009 330587
2010 559089
2011 683899
2012 771,015
website hits 2009 5563139
2010 7447119
2011 6627720
2012 9,196,722

Sitchin is Wrong.com

unique visitors 2009 67503
2010 107224
2011 101094
2012 132,407
number of visits 2009 79843
2010 132281
2011 124318
2012 161,052
website hits 2009 510381
2010 985305
2011 900302
2012 1,661,781

 

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Robert Price’s Bullgeschichte

This recently posted book review of Robert Price’s new work, Jesus is Dead, vividly illustrates how scholars such as Price ultimately betray the scholarly guild. The reviewer points out occasion after occasion where Price simply dismisses those with whom he disagrees, rather than clearly and patiently interacting with their work. This academic methodological transgression also surfaces when it comes to engaging primary texts. If their content doesn’t suit Price, the strategy is to dismiss or ignore. This isn’t scholarship. It isn’t even clear thinking. It is bullgeschichte, a term Price himself coins in the book, as the reviewer notes. What a waste of time and ability.1

  1. For those unfamiliar with the pun Price (and I) am making here, scholars often use the German terms Heilgeschichte (“salvation history”) and religionsgeschichtlichte Schule (“History of Religions School”) to denote, respectively, a certain theme in biblical theology and a historical-evolutionary-parallelistic approach to the study of religion. Price coins the term Bullgeschichte to refer to books whose content promotes what I call paleobabble. I like his term for his own work.

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Update on Copper Scroll Paleobabble

I know this will come as a shock, but the claims of Jimmy Barfield, the amateur researcher who claimed to have “deciphered” the “code” of the Copper Scroll (and so, many objects described in it) appears bogus.  Hard to imagine that we’ll have to add Jimmy to the paleobabble dustbin of archaeological cheesiness.

Readers can check out this post by Robert Cargill on the nonsense, as well as this follow-up, which is more substantive in its analysis.

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