Twinkie Town Growth, 2008 - 2009

 We just received some data from the folks to count stuff like this, and I thought I'd share some of it with you.  Were you a top member of the community the last two years?

First off I want to start with the big numbers, and then after the break we'll get into top lists for commenting, FanPosts and a couple of other tidbits.

2008

Visits:  269,863
Views:  653,328

2009

Visits:  635,819
Views:  1,218,265

I think this shows exactly how strong our community is here.  The environment that you all bring to this site--the intelligence, the humor, the tolerance, the lack of general assiness--is, as far as I'm concerned, the number one reason this site more than doubled in unique visits over the last year.  Twinkie Town is one of the two premier Twins online blogging communities, along with WGOM, and I think you all need to take a second to pat yourselves on the back.  Keep it up, everyone.

The attitude starts on the front page, and I want to thank Jon, Cmathewson, Adam P, Stu, Roger and AdamOnFirst for setting a great example.  We all have different viewpoints and different things we want to talk about, but I think we all have the same vision for Twinkie Town and it shows.

Right then...onto the lists!

 

Stats

New Members

2008:  410
2009:  959
 

Total Comments

2008:  28,182
2009:  65,465
 

Total Stories

2008:  575
2009:  711
 

Total FanPosts

2008:  530
2009:  462
 

Total FanShots

2008:  250
2009:  330
 

Most Active Commenters, 2008

User Count
Jesse 3144
33MorneauMVP 3031
cmathewson 1676
Tony_O 1440
caseintheface 1416
caluofmn 1141
Andersklasen 1067
Twins Territory 1032
montanatwinsfan 746
DedicatedFollowerOfFashion 649


Most Active Commenters, 2009

User Count
fischean 7571
montanatwinsfan 3779
Jesse 3411
caluofmn 3365
33MorneauMVP 2954
ajmargarine 2946
cmathewson 2793
less cowbell, more 'neau 2669
what_would_gil_thorp_do 1892
DavidRF 1705

And it's fischean for the win!  It's not even close.  Fischean, if I could give you a high five or some free stuff, I totally would.

I think the fact that 2009's tenth most frequent commenter would have been third in 2008 speaks volumes about how active and deep this community has become.  Congrats to 33MorneauMVP, caluofm and montanatwinsfan for appearing on both lists.

Most Stories, 2008

User Count
Jesse 454
Jon Marthaler 52
SethSpeaks 39
cmathewson 13
AdamOnFirst 11
ubelmann 4
Corey Ettinger 1
Jay 1


Most Stories, 2009

User Count
Jesse 435
Jon Marthaler 107
cmathewson 75
RandBall's Stu 43
Adam Peterson 32
AdamOnFirst 18
The Wife 1


These include game threads, which is why I actually did fewer posts in '09 than in '08.  But in general, there's just been a lot more front page content over the last year.  And I love it.

Most FanPosts, 2008

User Count
roger13 50
SethSpeaks 43
33MorneauMVP 34
cmathewson 28
Tony_O 24
halfchest 16
montanatwinsfan 15
Andersklasen 15
caluofmn 15
dwintheiser 15


Most FanPosts, 2009

User Count
roger13 110
33MorneauMVP 27
Johnny Safron 19
montanatwinsfan 15
rosterman 12
SteveHoffmanSlowey 9
Cloud City Twinkies 8
caluofmn 8
what_would_gil_thorp_do 8
snolls 7


This is one area I'd love to see more improvement in next year.  While the community is alive and thriving in the comment threads, I'd love to hear more of your thoughts and takes on what's happening in Twins baseball.  We've already talked about the fantastic environment Twinkie Town provides, and with an existing readership this is a great place, for all of you fostering writers and people with something to say, to get your thoughts out there.  Start a conversation.

Most FanShots, 2008

User Count
Jesse 121
Jon Marthaler 28
cmathewson 14
33MorneauMVP 11
nathaneide 10
Twins Territory 8
Andersklasen 8
dwintheiser 7
Dianna 7
DedicatedFollowerOfFashion 5


Most FanShots, 2009

User Count
Jesse 107
cmathewson 64
montanatwinsfan 16
33MorneauMVP 13
RandBall's Stu 13
Jon Marthaler 12
fischean 9
halfchest 8
dctwin 6
Tony_O 5


Heard a rumor?  See something on another site that deserves some attention?  Whip up a FanShot, they take all of seven seconds.  If you have your own Twins blog and are looking for some hits, plug your blog!

2008 was bigger and better than 2007, and 2009 trumps them all.  Keep up the great work everyone--I'm looking forward to seeing what 2010 has in store for us.

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