I’ve been blogging about the science of casual sex and nonmonogamy for my Strictly Casual blog on the Psychology Today platform for the past 10 and a half months. When I first hit ‘publish’ on January 30, 2014, I had just gotten my PhD and I had virtually no media or social media presence – I had been an academic and nothing but an academic during my entire grad school career. Blogging for Psych Today was one of my first forays into writing for popular audiences, and has been an immensely rewarding experience – leading to lots of media attention, books and TV shows possibilities, talks, etc. It has been absolutely instrumental in changing my professional life from a purely academic career to, well, we’ll see what it changes into.
I have thus far written 18 posts – I blogged twice a month the first half of the year, then once a month. Here are the pageviews my articles have gotten:
– 3 posts received 4-digit views (3,000 – 4,000)
– 12 posts received 5-digit views (15,000 – 77,000)
– 3 posts received 6-digit views (100,000 – 240,000)
That’s an average of 55,000 per post. If I discount the 3 highest viewed ones, that’s 33,000 per post.
I’m honestly blown away by these numbers, certainly not what I expected when I started blogging. These ridiculous page views are almost entirely due to PT picking up my posts and promoting them on their Facebook and Twitter pages (this has happened to all but four of my posts). I promote on my social media, but the reach I have on my own is nothing compared to the reach PT has. I’m sure it helps that I have a sexy topic, but I’ve been told by my editor that it’s also the quality of the content (and I hope that’s true).
Thank you to the whole PT editorial staff, all the other bloggers who make PT such an amazing platform, and all the readers who have found my posts worthy of reading! Looking forward to writing more…