Who Reads Savage Minds?

These numbers should all be taken with a very large grain of salt, but with 400 people voting in our poll, it seems like there are a lot of anthropology graduate students, professors and undergrad majors out there:

PollDaddy.com: Poll Results

The “other” category included librarians, editors, post-docs, medical professionals with anthropology training, and someone “living in sin with an anthropologist.”

PollDaddy.com: Poll Results

And here is a map of our visitors over the past week. The top 10 cities were: Chicago, Helsinki, New York, London, Washington, Montreal, Bloomington, Portland, Arlington, and Sydney. The top 10 languages were: English, German, Traditional Chinese, French, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese.

Map Overlay - Google Analytics

During that week we had 3,502 “unique visitors” the site, about half of whom were newcomers. Half of you are using Firefox, 35% are still using IE for some reason, and 12% are using Safari. About 70% of you connected via broadband (cable, T1, or DSL), with about 2% still using dial-up.

10 thoughts on “Who Reads Savage Minds?

  1. Is there a connection between the top cities and contibutors to Savage Minds? i.e. does the main readership of Savage Minds coincide with where contributors live, mainly as friends, colleagues or students? 44% of readers are either grad or undergrad anth students. I also noticed the principle readership lives in the higest density locations in Europe and U.S. (Australia,too). Secondary locations appear all coastal (for whatever reason–port cities more international influence?) excepting northcentral India. Interestingly, the midwestern U.S. did not respond as readers.

  2. Well the dot in the middle of the Pacific is definitely me. But the rest of the dots seem to be clustered around areas w/many universities, which matches with the survey data. There are lots of dots in the American ‘midwest’ (i.e. the ‘old northwest’) but not ‘the West’ – the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana. Which are pretty sparsely populated, esp. with multiple universities close together.

  3. I’m guessing I’m the dot in Peru, though I’m actually in the jungle rather than the coast. I’m guessing the IP addresses are all based out of Lima or something…

  4. I’m guessing that the prominence of Portland in the cities list is due to the strong connection between Reed and U Chicago, and not due to the density of colleges/universities there…

  5. Damn we got some Lewis and Clark haters on the blog. Or maybe just some PSU and Lewis and Clark haters.

  6. @Fred: Actually, if you add up non-Anthro majors, the percentage of grads and undergrads is 56%.

    @Strong: Sorry, no zip-codes, but I’m sure they’re all at Reed.

  7. You have at least one proud drop-out of Lewis & Clark reading your blog (who has forgotten all the reasons why he was supposed to hate Reed in the first place).

  8. It’s a shame you didn’t offer a category for ‘archaeologist’ in your poll. I ended up not voting as it’d be the equivilant of being forced to tick ‘cultural studies’ despite being a Social Anthropologist.

    I only mention this because in most countries archaeology isn’t a subdiscipline of anthropology, and nor do students necessarily get taught anthropology. Despite this however many archaeologists have a keen interest in the subject.

    It would have been interesting to see how many of your readers are practising archaeologists caught in these Old World/New World disciplinary distinctions and affiliations. A missed opportunity.

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