Wednesday, January 18, 2012


More on the 2011 decline at

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Wikipedia was blacked-out for 24 hours in protesting SOPA and PIPA, which caused me to wonder if my website statistics would jump for the day. In checking my Urchin statistics on Thursday I saw there was some increase over what would be expected for a Wednesday, but it was not great. More relevant, I think, is the fact that my FireFox brower (or Urchin) would not let me enter until a security exception was registered in which I acknowledged that there are risks to visiting the site. If this kind of barrier is now in place for my website on many browsers, that could explain a precipitous decline. On the other hand, the restriction may only apply to the Urchin browser access to my website statistics.

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