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Statistical Activity


Total 2011: Sessions: 1,513,265 / Pageviews: 4,533,639 / Hits:14,898,407

Total 2010: Sessions 1,765,952.00  / Pageviews 6,318,151.00  / Hits 18,159,549.00  

Total 2006: January 1 -December 31, 2006: 1,919,282.00  sessions; 3,387,903.00 pageviews; 12,120,002.00  hits

New Total: January to June 26, 2005: 887, 268 visitors; 1,127, 139 pageviews

Total 2005 : January to May 31: 779,00 visitors; 990,585 pageviews; 3.6 million hits

Total 2005: (January to March 22): 373,591 visitors; 481,802 pageviews; 1,694,071 hits

Total 2004: 925,116 visitors; 1,281,189 pageviews; 4,791,414 hits

April Report: 75, 215 visitors; 87,404 page views 

March Report:  91, 183 visitors; 3,538 (av. page views per visitor)

February Report: 107, 623 visitors; 3,711 (av. page views per visitor)

January Report: 73,604 visitors; 84, 458 page views

Total 2003: 582,961 visitors5.183 million hits

A Report from the Editor (January 2004)

ChickenBones: A Journal ( is a non-profit, non-commercial effort to make inaccessible information accessible. Our continuing efforts are dependent on the selfless donations and contributions to the Journal. Presently, we have no paid staff, only unpaid volunteers. 

We are exceedingly thankful for contributions made in 2003, which were less than a $1,000, ranging from $10 to $50. The total intake was not great, but we are thankful and encouraged by the response.

All funds received have been and are used for the upkeep of hardware and the purchase of software and to pay provider and computer services.

In 2003, ChickenBones: A Journal received traffic of 582,961 visitors, with over 5.183 million hits. There are over 1500 accessible text files and 15,000 image files. New files are added several times during the week. Our website is one of the most dynamic and interactive efforts on the Internet.

Information contained on this site is broad and in depth, including topics in Religion & Politics , Education & History, Music & Musicians, lLiterature & Arts, Books N Review Black Labor; and pagesThe African World and Inside the Caribbean, and more. We also freely promote the work of contemporary poets and writers, published and unpublished.

In short, we are providing an important service to students and others (at home and abroad) who have an interest in African-American life and culture. These efforts need and deserve your support. We hope that in 2004 we can raise at least $3,000 so that emergencies and other expenses can be dealt with expeditiously. Do not miss the opportunity to sustain a valiant and worthy cause.

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A Report  from the Editor (2003)

This November 2003 ChickenBones: A Journal celebrates its 2nd Anniversary. We went online Fall 200l. Though it has been a short period of time, it has been a wonderful and phenomenal journey. 

There has been a great corps of writers and artists who have contributed their writings and work to make ChickenBones one of the most extraordinary sites dedicated to the free, independent, and noncommercial transmission of inaccessible information to the broadest number of people. Presently, we have over 1500 text files and over 15,000 image files that create one of the more informative, attractive websites on the Internet. Moreover, we have bridged a lot of gaps between writers and writers, writers and artists, and writers and readers, and so on. We are pleased with the service and sacrifice that all have made. But there is still much to do.

The November 22 Benefit "Poetry in the Rhythm of Life" was our first effort to broaden the financial base to support ChickenBones: A Journal. It became a necessity. Our online journal has grown in traffic at a much faster rate than we anticipated. From January through June 2003, we averaged over a 1000 visitors a day. There were steady increases month by month and we began to receive warnings of traffic overages from our ISP and in July 2003 we had over 38,000 visitors and over 460,000 hits. For the year at that time, over 247,000 visitors and over 2.6 million hits. Presently (22 Oct.), we have had over 400,000 visitors and over 4 million hits.

The penalty for the overage for July was over $100. Instead of paying the penalty we decided to go from our Bronze plan to the ISP's Silver Plan, which provided us 2.5 gigs more of transfer. That suited us fine for August: we ended the month with over 40,000 visitors and over 435,000 hits.

The September 2003 traffic of ChickenBones: A Journal leapt forward by over a 1,000 visitors a day. It seems many students learned about ChickenBones on their return to school and they have found it a great resource and they are coming back daily. For our website is a dynamic website; materials are being added daily and there is always something surprisingly new. But we also have visitors from over 75 countries (all six inhabitable continents) a month who come to ChickenBones. Persons in Canada, the UK, Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, France, China are the most frequent visitors. But there also visitors from South Africa and Zimbawe; Hong Kong and Brazil; India and Israel.

In September we averaged over 2100 visitors per day and over 19,000 hits a day. Thus ending the month with over 64,000 visitors and over 580,000 hits. There was another overage and a penalty of $66. Our Silver Plan was not sufficient to deal with the traffic. We expect the traffic to the site for October to be similar to September. For October, we had over 75,000 visitors and over a half million hits and November will replicate those figures.

In short, we need help from friends, writers, and artists to help us in our efforts to sustain ChickenBones: A Journal. We have need to go to the ISP's Gold Plan. We need your help. And there is much to be done. Help us to sustain our momentum and service. 

 Donations of any amount should be made out to ChickenBones: A Journal. Please send your check or money order to: 

ChickenBones: A Journal / 2005 Arabian Drive / Finksburg, MD 21048

We look forward to our continued cooperation and collaboration. As ever and always, Rudy

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The Persistence of the Color Line

Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency

By Randall Kennedy

Among the best things about The Persistence of the Color Line is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the positions about Mr. Obama staked out by black commentators on the left and right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley. He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr. Smiley consistently “voiced skepticism regarding whether blacks should back Obama” . . .

The finest chapter in The Persistence of the Color Line is so resonant, and so personal, it could nearly be the basis for a book of its own. That chapter is titled “Reverend Wright and My Father: Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism.”  Recalling some of the criticisms of America’s past made by Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with feeling about his own father, who put each of his three of his children through Princeton but who “never forgave American society for its racist mistreatment of him and those whom he most loved.”  His father distrusted the police, who had frequently called him “boy,” and rejected patriotism. Mr. Kennedy’s father “relished Muhammad Ali’s quip that the Vietcong had never called him ‘nigger.’ ” The author places his father, and Mr. Wright, in sympathetic historical light.

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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