CatSynth 5th Anniversary!

Today we mark the 5th Anniversary of CatSynth!

I started this site on July 19, 2006 as a novelty when a friend and former colleague at E-MU systems suggested that I “should make a website about cats and synths.”

Every anniversary we feature the photo of Luna from the inaugural post.

I still have that Novation keyboard, though it does not get used as often of late. Luna of course still is very territorial about that beanbag chair. Times have changed a bit, here is an iconic photo of Luna from this past year, this time with an iPad app (in this case, the Smule Magic Piano):

Another quirky way we like to celebrate is with statistics. First the basics:

1559 posts.
0.85 posts per day.
8784 comments.
5.63 comments per post.
476 posts featuring cats and synthesizers.
195 reviews (and gig reports).
381,735 visitors.

Even after five years, people from around the world continue to send us pictures of cats and music gear. These days most of those come via our Facebook, which together with twitter has become a major way people engage with this site.

From Google Analytics (which we finally got working properly over the past year), here is an overview of where our visitors come from around the world.

By far and away most of our visitors are from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, France and Germany. I’m gratified to see so many visitors from India, though I’m curious why we never receive any comments from there…

It’s also interesting to look at cities.

Not surprisingly, the top cities are San Francisco and New York. In Google, it’s SF followed by NYC, while in Facebook, New York is the top city.

Our most popular posts judged by number of visitors are the annual endangered wild cats on earth day.  Over the past year, our most commented posts were:

Wordless Wednesday: Herman (Groundhog Day) 35
Wordless Wednesday: Doll and Metal Beams 28
Wordless Wednesday: 6506 (Baker Beach) 27
Wordless Wednesday: Matzoh Man 27
Happy Birthday Luna! 25
Wordless Wednesday: 7643 (New York, Late Autumn) 25
Wordless Wednesday:  Wet Paint 25
Wordless Wednesday: Mosaic with Saxophones 24
Wordless Wednesday: Summer Solstice 24
Wordless Wednesday:  Harrison Street Hipstomatic 23

Our top commenters the past year:

Kitty 199
Mickey, Georgia and Tillie 146
Gattina 94
CatSynth 90
The Chair Speaks 66
meowmeowmans 65
Snowcatcher 56
AVCr8teur 51
Daisy the Curly Cat 48
Cats of Wildcat Woods 41
Beth @ 990 Square 40

Thanks to all our friends (in time zones earlier than U.S. Pacific Daylight Time) who already sent in comments for the anniversary, and to the Cat Blogosphere for their anniversary shout-out!

And while we will continue to keep doing what we do, it has been more of a challenge over this past year to keep up with posts, especially the longer-form reviews. There is a trade between doing music and art, and writing about people doing music and art. But I still love doing everything here, and will find a way…

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9 Responses to “CatSynth 5th Anniversary!”

  1. matrix Says:

    Happy anniversary! Can’t believe we are only a day apart. :)

    cheers,
    matrix

  2. Tillie & Georgia Says:

    Happy 5th Blogoversary !!!!!!!!
    We still enjoy visiting ,regardless of the topic!!
    It is the variety that keeps things interesting :)
    We look forward to many more years!!!!!
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia & mom Nancy

  3. Daisy the Curly Cat Says:

    Happy blogoversary! I’m happy I made your commenter’s list!

  4. meowmeowmans Says:

    Happy 5th Blogoversary, dear friends! Here’s to 5 more years, and way beyond. :)

    (Oh, and like our pal Daisy, we’re kind of excited to see our name on your list of commenters!)

  5. Catsparella Says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary!! I love how you tracked all those stats! Here’s to 5 more glorious years :) *cheers!*

  6. The Island Cats Says:

    Happy Blogoversary to you!

  7. Cory Says:

    Happy 5th Blogoversary!!!!

  8. Sukhmandir Kaur Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Love the cats n stats!

  9. CatSynth Says:

    Love that phrase “cats ‘n stats!”