Housekeeping: It’s Getting Better (And This Site Is Getting More Popular) All The Time

It’s been a pretty good two weeks for my kid. He made his BMX main and took second despite the fact that he was the youngest kid on the gate by almost two years. He set fast time of the week at our local indoor kart track. His flag football team completed an undefeated season in which he made a major percentage of the points and plays. We took our first “long” road ride together on our mountain bikes, covering 13 miles in about an hour and ten minutes.

Compared to what’s going on with this blog, however, John’s accomplishments are, like, totally boring, man!


The last five months here at Riverside Green have also been the five all-time best months for traffic and engagement. We cleared the 2.5 million lifetime-visit mark a few days back and we are closing in on that elusive million-visits-per year goal. By every measure of user engagement, we are far ahead of the major automotive sites in North America. Our demographics are without peer. Were we a print magazine, we would have a big glossy cover and a genuinely offensive per-issue price.

I credit this success to the hard work of our guest contributors. Of course, Mr. Klockau is foremost among them, but we’ve had outstanding efforts from nearly a dozen people in the past year. We’ll have two more new writers appearing in the upcoming week. If you’d like to write something for the site, let me know in the comments and I’ll reach out to you.

As always, thank you for reading, commenting, and contributing. This site works best when it’s a dialogue, not my personal monologue.

30 Replies to “Housekeeping: It’s Getting Better (And This Site Is Getting More Popular) All The Time”

  1. ScottS

    “If you’d like to write something for the site, let me know in the comments and I’ll reach out to you”

    What are the boundaries on subject matter, and MAX/MIN length?

    BTW, This is one of two websites that I visit with any regularity. You are clearly doing something right!

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      No boundaries of any sort, although if you write 5,000 words about the mating habits of tropical slugs or something I can’t imagine the readers will follow it all the way to the end…

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      • Rick T.

        “to the end…”

        Been binge listening to John McWhorter’s Lexicon Valley* podcast. I learned this morning from an older episode that ellipses are, like, rude, to the young people:

        http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=13723

        * I cannot recommend it highly enough. After listening to a few episodes, I now understand I knew nothing about language – despite a few years of Greek, Latin, and Russian – and how it is formed and changed over time.

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  2. Hop

    At some point this went from a site I checked in on monthly, to my first stop on the morning internet circuit.

    Always a good, enlightening read. Congratulations!

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  3. John C.

    This is a great piece of news. Hopefully google ups your rate per view and click. At my much smaller stamp collecting website, my best days seem to have my rate drop off. and the rate when a honored guest clicks an ad are all over the map. At least it can give me a number I can check too often.

    On the guest writers, you have done a good job of bringing in fresh perspectives. Sometimes that can lead to a cantankerous comment section. Hopefully the author realizes that means he was read and deemed worth engaging with.

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  4. Danny

    I recognize that lap board, your son is faster than me on that track, by at least half a second I think..

    “If you’d like to write something for the site, let me know in the comments and I’ll reach out to you”
    – you can mark me as interested.

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  5. AoLetsGo

    Congrats and well deserved!
    Writing for me is like getting blood from a stone.
    So no contributing articles, I will stick with the pithy, banal comments.

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  6. Dirty Dingus McGee

    Congrats. I know I’m now here at least once a day. it’s one of 2 sites where I’m an at least semi regular commentator, the other being a marque specific car site..

    When that sweet sweet ad money starts pouring in, make sure you have a big enough bucket to catch it all.

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  7. CJinSD

    Would it make your site’s success any sweeter if you knew I received an email from TrueDelta today announcing that they’re pretty much in a death spiral?

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  8. scotten

    I think my favorite thing about this site is that it doesn’t really have a purpose. No executive-level summary with buzzwords about its goals and such. Eclectic is cool!

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  9. Mike M

    Great job on the site. This is definitely my goto site. Love the range of topics discussed.

    I would love to write up a piece, but time is tight with two kids and working on my masters while working full time.

    I could offer up a suggestion; maybe an article on the Chrysler Lean Burn System, or an article on the Bendix Electrojector system from the late 50s offered on the 1958 Mopars. Those two systems have fascinated me for years. Another interesting article would be what made Oldsmobile engines superior to the other GM motors.

    On second thought I might write up something before classes start up……

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  10. DirtRoads

    Jack et al, congratulations. I put lots of clicks up on your board although I never click on the ads. I’m glad you’re getting the traffic; a just reward for your consistency, hard work and ability, at the same time, to obviously have fun doing it. That’s the perfect match.

    I wouldn’t have the first clue where to send anything I might want to contribute.

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  11. Eric H

    Does this mean you’re making money like a glossy print magazine too?

    Is there a setting for sarcasm font?

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Some of the magazines are making money hand over fist. As far as I can tell, they do it by making me fly coach.

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  12. VTNoah

    Nice work gentlemen. Once I’m done taking this class I’ll submit my long term test of the 2015 C-max Energi. Real exciting stuff….

    Reply

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