Birthday Week 2011: More growth for the blog

ChartThis has been another exceptional year for the blog, so much so that the Wine Curmudgeon is practically blushing. I'm almost running out of ways to say thank you to everyone in the cyber-ether who has made the blog so successful.

The chart shows just how well we've done since the first post went up in November 2007 (I didn't keep stats for the first six weeks of the blog's history). All told, the number of visitors has increased 2,340 percent from that first January, and we're up 23 percent so far this year.

Even more impressive than that 23 percent is the blog's popularity compared to other wine and food blogs. Two metrics that track these things say the blog is among the leaders in all of the cyber-ether. Quantcast has it ranked 186,899 out of the million sites it tracks — a big jump from last year and ahead of a variety of better known wine sites. Technorati, meanwhile, says the blog ranks 1,165 out of 15,998 food and wine blogs. No wonder I'm blushing.

More, after jump:

I'm convinced this means there are wine drinkers out there who want quality content that doesn't revolve around scores and cult wines, and who care about value and getting the most for their money. And, as my Quantcast demographics note, they're well educated and wealthy. Maybe the wine industry will take note of this, and start treating consumers with more respect.

A few notes from the first four years of the blog. On Thursday, I'll count down the top posts of the past 12 months:

? Wine reviews weren't as popular this year. Only three of the top 10 posts were reviews, the first time they've accounted for less than half of the top 10.

? Red wine still beats white wine. Once again, no white wine review made the top 10. And, once again, I have no idea why, since the reviews are split almost 50-50 between white and red (and no sparkling or rose has ever made the top 10, either).

? The wine term post about residual sugar made the top 10, the first time a wine term post has done that. I think this happened because sweet wine has become popular again, and wine drinkers want to know what's going on. And there isn't a whole lot of easily accessible information elsewhere.

? Four of the top 10 posts were sidebar items — the buying guide, six things you don't know about wine, and the like. This is the first time this has happened, and again points to a demand for basic wine information that is difficult to find.

? About 86 percent of visitors come from the U.S., which has always surprised me. That almost 15 percent comes from elsewhere seems like a very big number.

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