A hot July record on Slipped Disc

A hot July record on Slipped Disc


norman lebrecht

August 01, 2019

We normally expect a summer dip in our Google Analytics usage report, but not this year.

Despite my being abroad or airbound for several days, we had 1,519,037 visitors in the month of July, among them 207,709 new users.

In terms of country breakdown, the US accounted for 54%, UK was 24%, followed by Canada, Germany, Australia and France.

A record 61 percent of readers were under the age of 35.

The male female readership split was 54:46.

We are having to turn away some advertisers for the coming season.



  • brian says:

    Always check your bounce rates and all your “time-on-site” related stats above everything else. Traffic alone doesn’t tell half the story. I’m here once or twice a week, usually for less than 30 seconds because the site is so often little more than an obits listing. It’s reached the point where you might think of building a separate “Who Died” page.

  • Y2K says:

    I don’t always agree with everything that is posted but it’s a great site for hardcore classical fanatics. Keep up the great work!

    • Pianofortissimo says:

      ”Hardcore classical fanatics.”

      That was a very remarkable expression. Maybe it’s evidence of a very diversified public, that by today’s standards can be interpreted as positive.

      Anyway, congratulations and thanks to NL for SD.

  • Gustavo says:

    A lot of hot air – though great fun and informative!

  • Anthea kreston says:

    Congratulations, Norman! Well deserved!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    How is reader age tracked down?

  • John Borstlap says:

    It is, in whatever way, a unique website. And the continuous production of highly readable news and information is a hughe achievement by Norman.

    A little bit sad is that so much information reveals the trivial, egomaniaccal, vain, commercial aspects of the central performance culture, with a depressing parade of parasites. Although it is impossible (or very hard) to arrive at any statistical conclusion, there surely are also many entirely serious, dedicated, genuine, hard-working performers (and maybe even composers) who, in relative silence, keep the heart of the art form alive. The smoke is produced where the masks slip and the badness pours through the broken surface.

    • The View from America says:

      “A little bit sad is that so much information reveals the trivial, egomaniacal, vain, commercial aspects of the central performance culture, with a depressing parade of parasites.”

      … just like the real world …

      • John Borstlap says:

        Indeed – but the art form is supposed not to be a mere reflection of the ‘real world’, but to represent the better side of humanity, and not to symbolize the beating stick of Lully stamping on his own foot and dying of it.

        • Ken says:

          OK… but where is that law actually written? Were composers actually tasked with advancing civilization? Did I not get the memo?

          • John Borstlap says:

            Serious art was not tasked, but was a result of the urge to create meaningful beauty, which was – before the onslaught of 20C materialism, scienticism, nihilism and relativism – a normal motivation both of artists and their audiences and patrons. What was the best, the most beautiful, the most meaningful, was a worthwhile ideal, and the results fill our museums and the musical museum that is the current musical performance culture. The aspirational nature of high art was inherited from religion, which tried to tame the barbarian in the human being, with often doubtful motivations and results but in general was successful in having many meaningful art works created and preserved. Up till now.

            Classial music as a high art form is the child of the Christian religion, whether we like it or not. Liberation from its orthodoxy brought diversity and creative wealth, and a freedom which happens to be difficult to protect from abuse.


          • Pianodortissimo says:

            No, Ken, classical composers were tasked with advancing just one of the most astounding achievement of the Western civilization. Other (arguably even superior or as important as Music) were Science, Technology, and Literature. And don’t forget Freedom, which we all often forget and take for given…

      • Petros Linardos says:

        Trivia and all the petty issues receive disproportionate coverage in relation to their contribution to real world developments.

  • Bone says:

    I’m not in the under 35 category ☹️

  • Vaquero357 says:

    Still wondering…. How are the *ages* of SD users tracked? I’m not logged via anything – Facebook, Gmail, etc. – that would give away my age….