OTB 2005 Year in Review

2005 is rapidly coming to an end, which means it’s time to look back on the year. Personally, the biggest milestones were getting engaged and then married. I’ve also made a few national media appearances and published several freelance pieces, at least partly owing to the notoriety from the blog.

The site became a GoogleNews contributor, was in the Blogometer Spotlight at the Hotline, and crossed the 3, 4 and 5 million unique visits barriers as tracked by SiteMeter.

Statswise, we had 4.7 million unique visits, 12 million page views and 38.9 million hits for the year according to my site host’s stats:

Photo: OTB 2005 AWSTATS

This compares to 2.4 million unique visits, over 5 million page views, and over 17 million hits in 2004.

According to the less accurate but more universal SiteMeter:

Photo: OTB 2005 SiteMeter stats

The following blogs referred the most traffic to OTB in 2005:

As always, thanks to all who visit, comment, and link.

The site’s a lot of work but I’ve had a good time with it over the nearly three years it’s been running.


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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Bithead says:

    Glad I’m not paying for your ISP bills, James.

  2. Mark Jaquith says:

    That’s a lot of traffic!

  3. Brian J. says:

    Wow, don’t tell my boss that I hit you 4 times a day last year.

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  5. Herb says:

    And a Very Happy New Year to you and yours with continued success in 2006.