I am one year old today. Well, if for “I” you read “sanjoyroy.net”. And so I – the human one – thought I’d mark the occasion with some facts and figures, and let you know about a new venture starting today.
I had no idea what to expect of this site when it went live on 20 May 2013. I still don’t. What I do know, thanks to Google Analytics, is its user stats (figures about what you readers do here). Here they are:
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And here’s a summary in graph form:
What these actually mean (or indeed actually mean) is debatable, but there they are.
I can tell you without question that the article with by far the most views over the year (and most months during it) is the one that I wrote specially for the site launch on the amazing dancer Storyboard P. Which makes me happy. He was profiled in The Wire at about the same time I was writing that post. Since then, he’s appeared in the Guardian and the New York Times (here and here), and had in-depth features published on him in the New Yorker and the Observer. I hope my own post shows why there’s been such interest.
I had one article that went (by my standards) a bit viral. See that big spike in the middle of the graph above, at the beginning of November 2013? That is thanks to an interview with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. I don’t know why that rocketed, only that it did. Fine with me! It’s another post I’m proud of.
But it’s not the only one. Between you and me, my biggest writing thrill of the year was this totally non-dance piece on one of my idols, Maurice Ravel, on the anniversary of his birth. Unsurprisingly on a dance site, it’s not been a big hit with readers, but it’s one of my hits (along with an older piece on why you could call Ravel’s two operas “mum” and “dad”).
This made me ponder an idea: what if I flagged up my different personal favourites from the archive, say once a month? They wouldn’t be “most read” articles, they’d be my choice. Quality, not quantity, if you like. I’d be interested to know what you think about that. I’d also be interested to know what you think of the site in general: what works/doesn’t work, any wishlists, and so on. You can answer in the comments below, or send an email to info[at]sanjoyroy[dot]net.
Oh, and I got one other big kick: sanjoyroy.net was selected for the StudioPress showcase in January. StudioPress are major international players in website theming and getting my site up there was a big kick, like I, er, just said. Let’s move on…
So, what’s the other birthday? Well, I’ve been asked to be a guest editor and writer for Dance Umbrella, a London-wide festival of contemporary dance that was founded in 1978. Today, it launches its new look and vision under new director Emma Gladstone – and I have two in-depth articles up there on the new site, all ready to read. The first one is about dance and ice-skating. That was a new subject for me (and now I want skating lessons). The second one is on repetition, duration and endurance in contemporary choreography, in which I touch on means and ends, the nature of time, and godlessness. Oh yes I do! I think both pieces are rather fine (oh yes I do). Here are the links:
And finally, today marks another anniversary. I chose to launch sanjoyroy.net on 20 May 2013 because it was the 10th anniversary of the final TV episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. All ye who know me, know that I be a lifelong fan of the Buffy. So the fact that whatever anniversary Buffy reaches, sanjoyroy.net will always be 10 years behind, also gives me a happy.