Emptywheel: Over 1 Million Amazing Readers Served

Sometime after 2AM ET last night, emptywheel.net received its 1 millionth visitor.

I had planned a big party to celebrate the milestone, but have been buried, as always and missed the event.

But I do want to thank all of the readers here who contribute so much to the discussion. And thanks to Jim and bmaz, who help keep the site hopping.

If you’re so inclined, please consider donating so we can keep this site going for another million readers.

37 replies
  1. DeadLast says:

    Thank you for all of your hard work. I have read you nearly everyday once you you started writing at FDL. I wish more people (and prosecutors) were interested in well-documented facts and reasonable insights that you provide. You made it an honor to be called a DFH!

  2. JohnLopresti says:

    It must be the Trash Talk threads that boost the visitor count now. Those run slowly on a vintage desktop computer when comments start to exceed 100.

    Plus, if you are including early statistics, I would imagine Libby and Fitzgerald sending cadres of counselors to EW’s web to find out who did not quite get their press presentations as coordinated as ought to have been the case. I even could swear I heard Pound Ridge’s own ‘Ari Shapiro’ sign off in an NPR slanted reportage blurb last week. Yikes!

    JodyDog is likely to have sicced the ‘bots on the site, too, incrementing the site meter wildly. Bless her Irish beer loving heart.

    Sometimes this new site has interesting advertisements, too; like now!

    Jack Balkin had a minor celebration when his site passed x million a few years back. You’re in the running, Ew.! Here’s to another Hillman Prize for journalism; will deserved.

  3. Skilly says:


    I had no idea, but I do not think I should be surprised. Excellence always rises above.

    Thank you and your contributors your insights and analysis.

  4. posaune says:

    Many thanks and much gratitude to you Marcy, bmaz, and Jim. What razor sharp minds. I used to be able to attempt to keep up. Now, with a special needs child, I feel like I’m auditing. But you are my go-to place once little one is in bed. The world should thank you all.

  5. person1597 says:

    To the Vixen in our dreams…
    Then as it was, then again it will be…
    An’ though the course may change sometimes
    Rivers always reach the sea…

    Led Zeppelin – Ten Years Gone

    … We’re never gonna leave you!

  6. karenjj2 says:

    congrats on the million and best wishes for millions more!

    thoroughly enjoy our excursions “thru the weeds” that have grown around, in and through the “democratic republic” that the u.s. constitution describes.

  7. OrionATL says:

    people come to this site to read its no-bullshit journalism and its interpretation of others’ journalism.


  8. OrionATL says:

    people come to this site to read its no-bullshit journalism and its close interpretation of others’ journalism.


  9. harpie says:

    Wow! Congratulations Marcy! Congratulations bmaz and Jim! This is the best place around to get really excellent news reporting and analysis. The commenting community is amazing, too. I appreciate you all!

  10. scribe says:

    I don’t believe the numbers – it’s a conspiracy of pro-Obama government employees who think they’re entitled to their jobs and know they’ll lose them under … what?


    Congratulations, EW, BMAz and crew.

    And, blowjob.

  11. Gimme Shelter says:

    from The Next Hurrah to FDL to here – has been an eye-opening journey!! congratulations on 1,000,000 !!!!

  12. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Heartwarming news. Congrats!
    Somewhere in heaven, Mary is smiling, and probably riding a horse in celebration.

  13. Petrocelli says:

    {{{ Marcy }}}

    Thanks to the Wheelers, Bmaz, Jim and all the great minds who make this possible.

    Donating to Emptywheel is the best value for your Dollar !

  14. prostratedragon says:

    Wow, Marcy. If a basic teeley unit is 2000 readers who see a given factual or conceptual correction or clarified interpretation, then you have achieved a teeley potential level of 500 in what feels like a relatively short time.

    That is shedding a lot of light in one independently sited blog.

  15. blueskybigstar says:

    Also, you did this without any help from Facebook who keep your likes and shares from being seen at least half the time.

  16. pdaly says:

    Great news to hear. Congrats.

    And they told two friends, and so on and so… hoping it is very soon that you reach the next million.

  17. Bustednuckles says:

    Marcy is a national treasure.
    My sincere congratulations.
    I can’t believe some national syndicate hasn’t snatched her up and stuffed her pockets full of money to keep her quiet yet.

    She is dangerous to the PTB.

    More please.


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