Who are We?

Posted By on October 22, 2011

A wise man named Pogo once  said, “we have met the enemy. And he is us.”

A website creates a “we.”

We may or may not want to belong to that “we,” but it does exist, independent of our intent.

But, who are we?

Think about it.

Based on polling about 70% of us feel confident that Oxford probably or certainly wrote the plays.

About 85% agree with the statement that “The Shakespeare authorship Question is a real subject, deserving the attention of all scholars of early modern studies.”

Of course, applying a sampling bias analysis, I’ll bet the approval numbers are not that high.   If you belong to the silent minority who disagrees, and you haven’t polled your opinion, now’s your chance.

Let’s see those numbers clicking.

Its true, you can’t curse in a poll, but still, I’m just saying…

If you want to register an objection beyond polling, post a comment. All civil comments will be published.

Any theory is only as good as its ability to explain rational objections of a competing premise. Give it your best shot, and let’s have some discussion and friendly debate.

Site traffic is going up exponentially.

Year over year, total site visits are up about 10x over October 2010. A year ago we were averaging perhaps 80 hits a week. This week – which is a bit more than average over the last month but not by much –we had 881.

Most of these are new, with about 15% being returning visitors. Returning visitors averaged 10/day for the week.

Our readership truly is international. Although a majority of readers from the U.S. or U.K., just in the last two days we also had readers from Canada, Germany, Bangledesh, the Philippines, Australia, Armenia, Ukraine, South Africa, and India.

Colleges and Universities are well represented, with at least seven Colleges and Universities appearing over the last few days: Jamestown in North Dakota, Columbia and Rochester in New York, Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, The University of Massachusetts,  Amherst, Mass., Minnesota State Colleges And Universities, and the University of Maryland as well as the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Within the U.S.,  visitors came from twenty-eight states:  Rhode Island, New Mexico, Ohio, New York, Maryland, Oregon, the District of Columbia, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, Idaho, Colorado, Tennessee, Washington, Missouri, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas.

Turning to the UK, we saw virtual traffic from Gloucestershire, London, Manchester, Leeds, Basinstoke, Uxbridge, and Liverpool.

By far the most represented state seems to be…..hm. Maryland.

That either means I’m about to be fired for heresy, or Maryland has a head start on responding creatively to the present intellectual ferment.  Hi neighbors! 🙂

Here’s the list of visitor locales since Oct. 19:

Newport, Rhode Island, Somerville, Massachusetts, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, Saint-laurent, Quebec, Canada, Albuquerque, New Mexico,  Forest City, Iowa,  Jamestown College, North Dakota,  University of Rochester, New York,  Columbia University, New York,  Cleveland, Ohio,   Baltimore, Maryland,  Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Oregon,  Hamburg, Germany, Belchertown, Massachusetts,  Washington, District of Columbia,  Uxbridge, Hillingdon, United Kingdom, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, London, United Kingdom, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, White Plains, New York,  Dhaka, Bangladesh, Manila, Philippines, Medford, Oregon,  Palo Cedro, California,  West Linn, Oregon,  Chicago, Illinois,  Yerevan, Armenia, Brooklyn, New York,  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Buffalo Grove, Illinois,  Lafayette, Louisiana,  El Paso, Texas,  Midlothian, Virginia,  Rochester, New York,  Lakeville, Connecticut,  Ketchum, Idaho,  Broomfield, Colorado,  Mountain View, California,  Johnson City, Tennessee,  Anderson, California,  Potomac, Maryland,  Bethesda, Maryland,  Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Nebraska,  Saint Louis, Missouri,  Tarzana, California,  Tallahassee, Florida, Seattle, Washington,  University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, Newport, Washington, Flagstaff, Arizona,  Midland, Michigan,  Pasadena, California,  Alexandria, Virginia,  Silver Spring, Maryland,  Champaign, Illinois,  Sunnyvale, California,  Bowie, Maryland,  Acton, Massachusetts,  Liverpool, United Kingdom, Lynnwood, Washington,  Norristown, Pennsylvania,  Central District, Hong Kong, New London, New Hampshire,  Brooklyn, New York,  Meridian, Mississippi,  Allston, Massachusetts,  The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., Andover, Massachusetts,  Brattleboro, Vermont,  Manchester, New Hampshire,  Newport, Rhode Island,  Hatboro, Pennsylvania,  Los Angeles, California,  Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom, Saint Petersburg, Florida,  Saddle River, New Jersey,  Washington, District of Columbia,  Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa, Hamburg, Germany, Sacramento, California,  Minnesota State Colleges And Universities Saint Paul, Minnesota,  Carrizo Springs, Texas,  Creedmoor, North Carolina,  Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania,  Manchester, United Kingdom, Manila, Philippines, Mineral Point, Wisconsin,  Schalksmühle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Springfield, Massachusetts,  West Bloomfield, Michigan,  Nikolaev, Mykolayivs’ka Oblast’, Ukraine, Quezon City, Philippines,  Leeds, United Kingdom, and Shawnee, Kansas.

The most popular referral link was Bill Boyle’s Shakespeare Adventure, a great clearinghouse for some of the best Oxfordian blogs on the net, but we also got significant traffic from the Oxfreudian, from google searches, Facebook, etc.

By far the most popular page over that time period has been the Abbreviated History of the Authorship Question (going back a week or two the chart buster was William Ray Delivers the Mail, but there are a gratifying number of hits on the FAQ and About pages, which tells me that visitors are starting to drill down and learn more about the site’s purposes.

Tom Weedy’s  classic guest post Seventeen Answers to the Deniers remains, naturally, a perennial favorite.

Quite a number have been looking for the new post, still password protected, “A Curious Inscription.”  I hate to sound melodramatic, but for  the present this post is going to remain accessible only by request.

Email me if you think you may have a “need to know” about that inscription. Otherwise, its still classified….:)

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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