According to Google there were 253,677 visits to our site in 2018. A "visit" is someone coming to the site and viewing one or more pages. If someone comes a second time, that's counted as a second visit. Roughly 85% of our visitors came from the U.S, with 15% from other nations. Not surprisingly, most of the foreign visitors come from English-language nations, but we get some visitors from just about everywhere.
Annual Traffic Since 2010
We first launched our site 19 years ago in 2000. As you can see from the graph above, the number of visitors grew until around 2013 but our growth since then has leveled off and has now begun to decline. One likely reason is that the site was originally intended for use by Movement veterans themselves, but the inevitable realities of age are taking their toll. Students now form the majority of our users and for them web traffic is increasingly driven by social media where we are not active. Also, we're a serious, research, article, document, & narrative oriented site that is not well-suited for cell phone viewing or Twitted-limited attention spans.
Still, for a volunteer-run, non-commercial, educational website with nothing for sale, and no promotion budget nor any kind of foundation or corporate funding, more 250,000 visits per year is not shabby.
As you can see from the our month-by-month graph below, our traffic rises and falls with the school calendar as grade school and college students use the site for homework, reports, research, and so on. When school is in session, the number of visits each day to the site generally ranges from 700 to 1800 (compared to 300-1200 when school is not in session). Our busiest months are usually January (MLK Day), February (Black History Month), and April & May when term papers come due.
Starting in the middle of 2016, we added a button so that those who found the site valuable could help support it. The great bulk of donations we've received have come from Freedom Movement veterans themselves. We've used this small income for technical enhancements and occasional data-entry help since we can no longer carry that load entirely on our own. Note that the financial report below does not include the larger out-of-pocket and in-kind expenses that we cover ourselves. Nor does it include the cost of web-hosting services provided by Tougaloo College.
CRMVet Income & Expenses ~ 2018 Amount Total Income Donations $6,992.17 $6,992.17 Expenses Bank Services $120.00 Copying $48.44 Data Entry & Formatting $2,363.00 Email Services $611.04 Internet:Domain Registration $181.92 Internet:SSL Certificate $125.00 Misc. $124.00 Printing $318.89 Promotion $197.00 Taxes:Business $101.52 Transcription services $1,800.00 Expenses Total $5,889.29 NET $1002.88
A lot of new content was added to the site in 2018. The number of stories, letters and documents significantly increased. We now provide well over 5,000 searchable documents, letters, articles, & etc, (excluding photos and images).
Some Rough Content Counts:
652 Veterans listed on Roll Call (names, testimony, contact info) 261 History & Timeline Articles 430 Original articles & speeches by Movement activists 491 Stories, narratives, & oral histories by Movement activists 3228 Original Freedom Movement documents 637 Original letters & reports from the field 1634 Movement photos & art 241 Commentaries by Movement veterans 51 Transcribed discussions of Movement veterans 195 Movement-Related Poems 643 Freedom Movement books listed in the Bibliography 1423 Web Links, to other Movement websites & pages
Most Visited Sections:
* From the traffic stats it appears that people are using our site to find social justice related poems by famous Afro-American poets like Langston Hughes, Paul Dunbar, Frances Harper, Sojourner Truth, and others.
1. Poems of the Freedom Movement* 2. Our Words: Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement 3. Freedom Rides and Riders 4. Frequently Asked Questions About the Civil Rights Movement 5. Southern Freedom Movement Documents 6. Our Stories 7. Southern Freedom Movement Veterans Roll Call 8. Photo Album: Images of a Peoples Movement 9. Reports & Letters From the Field 10. History & Timeline of the Southern Freedom Movement
Most Read History & Timeline Pages:
1. The Year 1961 — (Freedom Rides, Albany Movement, McComb MS, Baton Rouge, etc) 2. The Year 1960 — (Student Sit-ins, SNCC Founded, New Orleans Schools, etc) 3. 1963: January-June — (Birmingham, Greenwood, North Carolina, Medgar Evers, etc) 4. The Year 1954 — (Brown v Board of Education & Massive Resistance, etc) 5. The Year 1955 — (Montgomery Bus Boycott, Emmett Till, Baltimore Sit-Ins, etc) 6. 1964: Mississippi Freedom Summer Events 7. 1963: July-December — (March on Washington, St. Augustine, etc) 8. 1965: Selma & the March to Montgomery 9. The Year 1962 — (Greenwood, Meredith at 'Ol Miss, Jackson, etc) 10. 1964: January-June — (Civil Rights Act, St. Augustine, Hattiesburg, etc)
Most Viewed Photo Album Pages:
1. The Sit-Ins — Off Campus and Into Movement 2. Posters 3. The Children's Crusade Birmingham — 1963 4. The Freedom Rides 5. We're Going to March in St. Augustine 6. Young People Lead the Way 7. They Say That Freedom Is a Constant Struggle 8. Mississippi Freedom Summer — 1964 9. Mississippi: Into the Storm 10. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Hold on! Hold on!
Most Read Articles by Movement Veterans:
1. Are You Qualified to Vote? (literacy tests) a. Alabama Voter Literacy Test b. Louisiana Voter Application and Literacy Tests c. Voter Registration: How it Worked in Alabama d. Alabama Voter Application Form e. Mississippi Voter Application & Literacy Test f. Alabama Voter Literacy Test: Parts "B" and "C" g. Voter Registration: How it Worked in Georgia 2. Voting Rights History: Two Centuries of Struggle 3. Original Draft of John Lewis' Speech to the March on Washington 4. The Power of Freedom Songs 5. Pins of the Freedom Movement 6. Nonviolent Training 7. Grenada Mississippi – Chronology of a Movement 8. Example Segregation Laws 9. March on Washington Articles 10. St. Augustine Movement Articles
Most Read Thoughts and Commentaries by Movement Veterans:
1. Ghettos, Segregation, & Poverty in the 1960s, Bruce Hartford 2. In the Attics of My Mind, Casey Hayden 3. Courage Was the Key, Bruce Hartford 4. Dear friend statement, Diane Nash 5. A Black Man Fights the Draft, Michael Simmons 6. Meditation on July 4th, Bruce Hartford 7. The Help," (film review), Casey Hayden 8. Growing Up in Harlem & Mississippi Freedom Summer, Bob Moses 9. Against Discouragement, Howard Zinn 10. Quilt Story: Black Rural Women, White Entrepreneurs, and the American Dream, Linda Hunt Beckman
Most Viewed Original Freedom Movement Documents:
1. The Other America, Martin Luther King, 1967 2. I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964 3. An Appeal for Human Rights, Atlanta students, 1961 4. Bigger Than a Hamburger, Ella Baker, 1961 5. Montgomery Bus Boycott Leaflet, 1955 6. School Desegregation Workshop Notes, Rosa Parks, 1955 7. The Basis of Black Power 8. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Founding Statement, 1960 9. SNCC Statement on Vietnam, 1966 10. Speech to Anti-Vietnam War Protest, Martin Luther King, 1967 11. Letter From Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, 1963 12. List of Documents, Oral Histories & Interview Archives 13. SNCC Position Paper: Women in the Movement, 1964 14. Economic Bill of Rights, Martin Luther King & SCLC 15. Birmingham Manifesto, 1963 16. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Martin Luther King, 1967 17. Record Albums of the Freedom Movement 18. Minutes, Montgomery NAACP, Rosa Parks, 1/9/55 19. Flyers From the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, 1965 20. Civil Rights Act of 1966, 1966 21. Demands of the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966 22. I Don't Mind My Light Shining, Fannie Lou Hamer, 1963 23. Minutes, Montgomery NAACP, Rosa Parks, 12/13/55 24. Minutes, Montgomery NAACP, Rosa Parks, 8/14/55 25. Structure of the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966
Submitted January 1, 2019
Bruce Hartford, webspinner