The first post on this blog went up on 20 March 2013.
That day 316 people visited and they read 1881 pages of information – about 5 or 6 pages per visitor.
Exactly one year later we have come a long way.
When I launched Something Can Be Done About It I put my mission statement at the bottom.
It is my intention to do everything I can to:
- Expose the abuses ongoing in the church, through this blog, other media, law enforcement and elected officials to bring the abuses to an end.
- Help provide information to anyone looking for the truth about the church.
- Provide a forum for the exchange of information.
I have tried to hold true to those goals, and any success we have seen is in large part thanks to the many people who have shared information and insight into the “bubble” world of Scientology today.
Thank you very much, each and every one of you who is doing something effective to bring an end to abusive behavior within the Fundamentalist Church of Scientology.
From 316 people the first day we launched, readership has increased steadily over the ensuing 12 months. As of today, we average around 2500 different people visiting each day, resulting in between 9,000 and 10,000 page views a day.
The First Seven Days
From 20 March 2013 until the 26th – the first week, 4,237 different people visited, many more than once. By the end of that first week we had seen 11,340 total visits and 34,808 pages of information read.
Things got off to a fast start and it encouraged me to keep going.
That weekly readership has doubled since then – in the last 7 days this blog had 9,067 unique visitors who made a total of 29,756 visits to the site and read 64,917 pages of information.
But the really interesting number is the volume of unique visitors to this blog. It currently runs between 26,000 and 29,000 monthly.
So whoever you all are – thank you for your interest and your support. By visiting this blog you are making it clear that abusive behaviour within Scientology is a relevant concern and needs to be stopped.
The First Year
In our first year we have seen 255,234 different people visit the blog (unique visitors), resulting in a total of 1,252,169 visits and 2,768,536 pages of information viewed.
So the quarter million people who have swung by to check this blog out – thanks!
Looking forward to seeing you again in our second year!
I particularly want to thank two categories of people who have placed themselves in special categories, and without whom I could not have maintained this blog.
Our “Special Correspondents,” some of whom have been named, some of whom have written articles that I have published and many more who are behind the scenes, sending me a constant flow of information. I know that none of you HAS to take the time or make the effort to send me anything. You do so because you too want to make a difference. You all know who you are. I would not be able to do this blog without you.
Secondly, those who have clicked on the “Donate” button and have provided financial support. It is always greatly appreciated. And I try to thank each of you any time I get a notification from Paypal. But if I missed you for some reason, this is a public and heartfelt thanks for doing something you are not required to do as a show of support. The money is certainly greatly appreciated, it truly helps me be able to continue this blog and devote time to it. But almost as important is the vote of confidence that you feel this is a valuable service. I have always been very reticent to even include any “donate” button, but friends insisted that there were people who WANT to help and if I didn’t put it there it was preventing them from being able to contribute in their way. I was wary, as I make so many comments about the vulture culture and regging. But I don’t think anyone has ever felt pressured or required and they know if there was nothing coming in I would still try to do the best job I could and keep the blog going somehow.
Finally, sometimes I have wondered whether it is worth it to keep this blog going. It does take a lot of time and it can be somewhat frustrating to see the same things brought up over and over which leads to thoughts of “am I swimming up an endless stream when I would rather be sitting on a floatee in a pool with a drink in my hand?” And then I am reminded of the value of making this information known when I receive emails from Special Correspondents and donations from people I don’t even know, or comments on the blog or phone calls or meeting people who tell me “I read the blog every day, it has helped me enormously to get my thoughts in line, and I don’t think I could have done it without being able to access this information.”
So, the last thought is a big thank you to all of you. Not everyone agrees about everything, and there have been some heated debates at times, and some unpopular positions have been put forth. But let us all be thankful we can participate in the debate and decide to accept or reject those viewpoints, as for a large number of us there was a time when this fundamental freedom to think for ourselves had been suppressed, if not entirely stomped out of existence.
Here’s to a second year even more successful than the first.