As a scientist I am keenly interested in the outcome of my experiments. As a cryonicist I’m even more keenly interested in the outcome of Chronosphere, because I believe that a paradigm shift in cryonics is essential to its success, if not to its very survival. I will go further and say that the same paradigm shift is also essential to the survival not of just Mike Darwin, or any other individual of our species, but to humanity as a whole. However, I won’t belabor those points now. My purpose here is simply to report on one measure of progress, namely how many views Chronosphere receives per day.
Both the trend and the absolute numbers are important and by both criteria Chronosophere is progressing. At just under 4 months of operation the number of views per month is well over 8,000. The daily average is ~ 200, with a high of 340 and a low of 115. Most days over the past month have been well above 200.
It is possible to tell a little more about the character and the quality of the traffic by examining which individual posts are accessed. This helps to separate out casual browsers and stumbled upon hits from those genuinely interested in the content. My seat of the pants evaluation of that data indicates that roughly 50 people are paying reasonably close attention to what is being said here on a regular basis. Beyond that, the existing statistical tools do not allow much more to be inferred.
Other indices are even more subjective and unreliable, but I’ll report them anyway. Google searches related to cryonics and to topics in medicine touched upon in Chronosphere show significant use of the unique illustrations present in these posts. There is also increasing mention of Chronosphere posts in blogs and web commentary – interestingly most of which is unrelated to cryonics. Perhaps even more interestingly, on the various cryonics chat forums there is virtually no mention of either Chronosphere, or any individual articles or posts which have appeared here.
Thanks should certainly be given to Aschwin deWolf for his consistent referencing of those Chronosphere posts he deems worthwhile and relevant on his excellent blog, Depressed Metabolism. I believe there is now significant overlap in the cryonicist readership of both sites.
I also note with wry amusement that Chronosphere now beats out the “ChronoSphere Command & Conquer Wiki” and “ChronoSphere Red Alert” sites on Google searches where the search term is “chronosphere.” Both of these “other” chronosphere sites are related to the Westwood Studios video game franchise of the same name.
Finally, I am disappointed at the relative lack of commentary and of the total absence of others willing to contribute content to the site. Perhaps continued growth in readership will help to address this problem. – Mike Darwin