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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

Dbl%20new%20portrait%20B%26W.png After 10 years of blogging. . .

Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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December 2, 2011

Blog Traffic: A Thank-You

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Posted by Derek

Just wanted to note that November saw nearly 441,000 page views here, for one of the best months ever on the site. Thanks to everyone who stops by! I never thought a blog about drug discovery, smelly chemicals, and other such compelling topics could ever get that sort of exposure. . .

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1. RD on December 2, 2011 1:51 PM writes...

You deserve it. Keep it up. Get the word out.

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2. Industry Guy on December 2, 2011 1:53 PM writes...

Time for a new pic Derek.......thats one's gotta be >10 years old now :)

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3. Mark Senak on December 2, 2011 2:12 PM writes...

That is fantastic. Congratulations.

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4. pete on December 2, 2011 2:20 PM writes...

Great news. And to achieve greater synergistic impact, I propose splitting this blog up into Silos of Obvious Specialty (SOS) so that we can fully leverage the expertise of the collective.

...oh, sorry -- ignore that. (My ship just drifted through an ion storm coming from the planet, REORG)

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5. Miles White on December 2, 2011 2:49 PM writes...

No, no, no!

You need to split the blog into two separate blogs. One specifically for research based pharmaceuticals, and another more diversified blog, focusing largely on the emerging markets.

This blog split will unlock the potential of both blogs.

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6. partail agonist on December 2, 2011 3:37 PM writes...

#5- Derek won't split the site

In fact he needs to merge, TO ACQUIRE other blogs! He could be the Pfizer of the blogosphere!

One blog to rule them all..

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7. Sleepless in SSF on December 2, 2011 3:56 PM writes...

@Industry Guy: You may be right. Yesterday, Linkedin suggested Derek as a possible contact (presumably because we're 3rd degree connected -- we've never actually met) and showed me this.

And Derek's readership is likely higher than the page views would suggest. I only visit the site when commenting -- normally I read the RSS feed through Google Reader. Congrats in any event.

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8. Derek Lowe on December 2, 2011 4:09 PM writes...

The 10-year blog anniversary is coming up next month, and I plan to put up a new picture then. Raising two children is putting more more grey into the hair and beard, but otherwise I retain most of my youthful joie de vivre. Most days.

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9. Curious Wavefunction on December 2, 2011 4:24 PM writes...

-Raising two children is putting more more grey into the hair and beard

Yes, but you also look wiser now. The Gandalf the Grey of the pharmaceutical blogosphere has now become Gandalf the White.

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10. My 0.02 on December 2, 2011 4:45 PM writes...

You better start learning and writing the blog in Chinese/Hindi. In another 10 years, there wouldn't be any English-speaking chemists left in here and Europe any more :-).

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11. Selina on December 2, 2011 4:59 PM writes...

Congrats! I really enjoy your blog! :)

heehee @ My 0.02

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12. BTreotch on December 2, 2011 5:15 PM writes...

Ha. Someone beat me to it, but if you change your creepy photo you'd surely bring in more traffic.

Thanks for your hard work. wink.

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13. Mutant Dragon on December 2, 2011 5:47 PM writes...


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14. Chris Croy on December 2, 2011 5:49 PM writes...


I think the more appropriate analogy is that Derek's the blockbuster drug of a start-up. There's only one other active blog on Corante, Copyfight, and their traffic is a rounding error compared to Derek's. Corante's advertising page says they get "450,000 readers" per month, but it's likely they're engaging in some sleight-of-hand and really mean 'page views'. That would mean Derek is responsible for about 98% of their traffic.

So to complete the analogy: Sooner or later, someone will buyout Corante in order to acquire Derek, then promptly fire everyone.

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15. Robert on December 2, 2011 5:59 PM writes...

Things that make you go hmmmm.

Seems that quantcast gives you about 14,000 unique viewers per month (as opposed to page views). Of course people flip to different page views driving up your figure, but it would be interesting to know if that 14k number is close to what your internal site meter suggests.

It's noteworthy that according to quantcast 21% of your audience has no college education.
Never underestimate the staggering draw power of chemistry.

Other interesting stats for this blog.

67% Male
33% Female
5% Under 18
33% 18-34
37% 35-49
25% 50+
80% Cauc.
3% Afr. Am.
9% Asian
8% Hisp.
1% Other

54% No Kids
46% Has Kids
11% $0-30k
19% $30-60k
29% $60-100k
42% $100k+
21% No College
45% College
34% Grad. Sch.

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16. GC on December 2, 2011 6:48 PM writes...

I've never even had a chemistry class and I'm a computer nerd, but Derek makes the subject interesting and explains it well. I never feel he has an axe to grind, nor do I feel left out "because I'm not one of the elite"

Thanks for the good work.

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17. Steve on December 2, 2011 7:44 PM writes...

I just had basic chemistry in college and that was because I needed it for electrical engineering, which I'm in today. But anyone in tech can't help but read Things I Won't Work With. The articles on scientific study methodologies and statistical missteps or outright misrepresentations are interesting.

The core pharma articles, well, they're interesting but I skim over the meatier parts, and get to the conclusion -- just because I am clearly not the intended audience for those, but as someone else suggested, it can be done!

Mostly I like the writing. You could write about multi-level marketing, I'd read it. I have tweeted that Derek Lowe is my favorite science writer. I aspire to be 1/10 as good a writer someday.

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18. DCRogers on December 2, 2011 9:43 PM writes...

You would suspect scientific thinking would lead to more clear scientific writers, but it's shocking how wrong that is. (I can testify after being the reviewer/involuntary copy editor of many many many shoddy papers...) But Derek's got it. I agree with the commenter who said they want to be as good a writer as Derek -- he's clear and funny, takes a stand without waffle, and makes his point stick, mostly.

Thanks also goes to the commenters, whose high quality hopefully won't be ruined by the greater visibility of this blog.

Ah heck, I'll even give a shout-out to the sock puppets, who don't seem to realize how poorly their corp-o-speak goes over in this crowd.

Congrats all around.

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19. Quimico on December 2, 2011 11:14 PM writes...

I've been reading your blog for about 4 years now, and it's always been a pleasure. Congratulations for a job well done.

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20. Dan on December 3, 2011 12:00 AM writes...

Someone referred me to the "Sand Won't Save You This Time" post last year, and I've been a semi-frequent reader ever since. The writing here is excellent all around, but the dry humor in the Things I Won't Work With/How Not to Do It posts is especially good - memorable phrases like "pushing lab equipment into unexplored portions of the far wall" or "I'd like to shake the hand of whoever determined that, assuming he has one left" make this the most interesting science blog I know of.

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21. milkshake on December 3, 2011 12:25 AM writes...

I raise a glass of port to you. (And I owe you at least a full case...)

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22. z on December 3, 2011 8:33 AM writes...

Congratulations! One thing I'm curious about: Do these statistics include the number of people who read your blog via RSS feed? I rarely visit the actual site.

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23. coprolite on December 3, 2011 8:39 AM writes...

I don't know if this has come up yet, but am I out of line for suggesting a swimsuit issue? Something tasteful, of course, but that showcases the less masculine side of the lab. I'm not saying Derek should pose in anything degrading or excessively exotic, but there are ways of being classy and demure but also showing a little skin.

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24. mirjan on December 3, 2011 12:05 PM writes...

Thank you!

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25. Owen Hughes on December 3, 2011 12:13 PM writes...

Congratulations! You've earned the success, one blog entry after another that is funny, fair, informed and written in a way that welcomes every reader. As one commenter above well said, you could write about multi-level marketing and people would read it. Thank goodness you write about much bigger stuff. As another commenter above said, your posts on scientific meatheadedness, how we fool ourselves, dumb lab adventures, etc. are both hilarious and sobering, and apply to endeavors far beyond the bench or the drug business. Thanks.

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26. CB on December 3, 2011 1:44 PM writes...

Now you just need to get that "share" function up and running!

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27. Derek Lowe on December 3, 2011 3:21 PM writes...

These numbers don't include people who read it on RSS, just those who hit the site itself. And as for visitors versus page views, for November, I had a bit over 266,000 visitors by SiteMeter's count. These stats can be counted a number of different ways - how long an interval before it's a "unique visitor" again, for example.

These days, according to, I pull about 9 to 10,000 visitors on weekdays, for 18,000 or so page views.

The factors relating to the proposed swimsuit issue are a bit harder to quantify. . .

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28. Nick K on December 3, 2011 3:42 PM writes...

A very informative and often very funny blog - congratulations, Derek!

A swimwear issue, with chemists? For pity's sake, no...

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29. anon on December 3, 2011 3:52 PM writes...

Biotech bench scientist here. I read the blog every day and try to get others to as well. I've really learned a lot over the years, and I think you are doing all of us a great service. Keep up the good work!

PS, BTW I agree with #12: you need an updated, non blurry, higher res photo of yourself. I think that would help you with first-time visitors. Best of luck.

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30. John on December 3, 2011 9:14 PM writes...

Confused by all the comments disparaging Derek's photo ("What photo?"), I eventually realized it entered my blocklist ages ago for being creepy. Sorry, Derek! Love the writing, but get an outside opinion on the new headshot.

I hear good things about McKinsey..

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31. gippgig on December 4, 2011 12:21 AM writes...

Instead of a swimsuit issue, how about photos of crystals of pharmaceuticals (or, if someone has somehow managed to make them, Things I Won't Work With)?

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32. Sara Nunez-Garcia on December 4, 2011 4:09 AM writes...

Excellent news, Derek. Keep up the great work!

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33. anon the II on December 4, 2011 10:26 AM writes...

I've been reading and enjoying since near the beginning. Keep up the good work.

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34. greg on December 4, 2011 12:45 PM writes...

@29 said

"PS, BTW I agree with #12: you need an updated, non blurry, higher res photo of yourself."

I assume you're either female or looking for an image to feed into the facial recognition camera network that's popping up everywhere.

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35. AML on December 5, 2011 4:50 AM writes...

Congratulations and keep up the great work; I am a pharmacist- pharmacologist from India, involved with pharmaceutical strategic analytics / consultancy & decision support services work, read your blog daily and find the entries and comments (mostly from well informed readers) informative & involving. btw...Medicinal Chemistry was my favourite subject during college days (well over 20 years back) and the attachment still remains - the desire to remain connected is fulfilled largely through reading your blog.

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36. Jay on December 5, 2011 8:59 AM writes...

As a scientist who recently made the jump from academia to industry, I just started reading some pharma blogs and I have to say I enjoy yours the most of all the ones I've come across. You definitely have a talent for pointing out the pertinent topics of the day and it's nice to get some perspective on the history of the industry from someone who's been around.

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37. Alkaloid on December 5, 2011 11:00 AM writes...

IMHO one of the reasons why so many people are attracted to your blog is because you are consistent and write something almost everyday. So, we can rest assured that we haven't missed any major news, else we would have seen it on ITP.

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38. GiantenourmousgargantuanFAN on December 5, 2011 4:23 PM writes...

Come on, Derek, your giant fan base here wants you to run for President. You are vastly more qualified than any of the current contenders, or the one we have. Do you use a teleprompter? Something tells me "no." I'll bet you even write your own stuff.

I'd love to see the press corps the first time you started talking about ligands...

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39. MoMo on December 5, 2011 6:10 PM writes...


You are a force for good in a maligned environment. Here's to hitting 500,000 per month!

But I imagine its the top brass of Pharma looking for their names obsessively and repeatedly everday.

Oh, the sleepless nights you must cause!

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40. Dickweed Jones on December 5, 2011 8:03 PM writes...

Two words: Just. Plain. Excellent.

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41. rogi on December 6, 2011 10:56 AM writes...

Simply put, you, at least at this point, have not let your ego get the best of you.


Solomon, King, with David nipping at his heels

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42. Will Hughes on December 6, 2011 10:26 PM writes...

I came for the "Things I Won't Work With" category, stayed for the rest of it.

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43. Anonymous on December 7, 2011 8:27 PM writes...

You had me at "Sand Won't Save You This Time."

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