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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: derekb.lowe@gmail.com Twitter: Dereklowe

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April 15, 2013

Traffic and More Traffic

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Posted by Derek

Well, although this is only the 15th of the month, today I'll already break my monthly traffic record for the site. That's thanks to a link from xkcd's "What If" page, which led to a couple of mentions on Reddit, which led to a front-page link at ycombinator's Hacker News, and who knows what else. Update: such as a mention on Twitter from Adam Savage of Mythbusters! Many thanks to everyone who's stopped by, and especially to those who have been linking!

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1. josh bloom on April 15, 2013 11:20 AM writes...

well deserved

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2. Toad on April 15, 2013 11:31 AM writes...

Could you provide some data, absolute and relative. As a long-time reader, I would be interested in your site's numbers over the years, as well as the numbers relative to other familiar science and non-science sites.

As a nod to xkcd, a wonderful site in itself, maybe you can get him to graph it out in one of his excellent visual aids.

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3. Nekekami on April 15, 2013 12:06 PM writes...

Congratulations Derek.

And, regarding XKCD, would be cool if Randall could do one of his infographics to visualize Ignition! and Derek's "Things I Won't Work With" on various scales of "Wtf were they thinking?" "The stuff does WHAT?!" etc....

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4. Hap on April 15, 2013 12:13 PM writes...

2: From Dr. Lowe's ten-year blogiversary: http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2012/01/11/ten_years_of_science_blogging_already.php

The link has a graph of pageviews(?) versus time, topping out over the measured interval at somewhere about 400K. The post doesn't have any comparisons to other sites, and I don't have any idea what other sites get - of the ones I know, Slashdot, Pharyngula, and ChemBlog might get more viewers.

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5. Chemjobber on April 15, 2013 1:39 PM writes...

Don't forget the Mythbusters guy's tweet.

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6. patently on April 15, 2013 2:38 PM writes...

Well, it brought me here. I'm glad it did, too. Reading the "Things I won't work with" and the "How not to do that" posts was good fun, and took me back to my days in a chemistry lab. In particular the time when I (unintentionally) sat just under the place where a fountain of concentrated nitric and sulphuric acids was about to erupt - and I wasn't even out of school then.

The IP-tagged posts were also interesting, given that I left the lab to go and work as a patent attorney.

So thanks. Do keep going.

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7. yeroneem on April 15, 2013 2:38 PM writes...

While I have even read your blog some years ago, I somehow missed the FOOF entry. And thanks to xkcd's link I (re)-read your "Things I won't work with" tag, and then downloaded a read the brilliant Ignition!.

The main theme of your blog became somehow more relevant to me as years passed, too. However, as a crystallographer specializing in powder diffraction I was somehow disappointed when I did not find any mentions of polymorphism related to pharmacology :)

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8. Stephan on April 15, 2013 4:46 PM writes...

The FOOF and ClF3 posts ARE excellent. So are the Klapƶtke and Selenium posts. And many others.
So... when is the book due? :)

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9. Chad Jones on April 15, 2013 8:20 PM writes...

Congratulations. Well deserved. I'm a physical chemist who avoids gross things like organic chemistry and I still love your blog.

My blog was mentioned last week on a webcomic site as well (SMBC Comics), and I'm getting a similar surge myself (though obviously much smaller). It feel nice, right?

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10. stir_bar on April 16, 2013 8:49 AM writes...

I was actually going to ask if you have seen any decrease in traffic because of Google Reader going away. I guess that answers my question. Congrats!

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11. John Wayne on April 16, 2013 9:00 AM writes...

Derek, I have a hypothesis that one of the reasons you are doing well is the result of posting content every day. I've tried to follow other blogs, but none of them have become a habit. Once there is no new content for a few days running I loose interest.

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12. Doug Steinman on April 16, 2013 9:39 AM writes...

Derek,
Well deserved. I have had a number of questions lately from friends, neighbors, etc. about the health (or lack thereof) of the pharmaceutical industry and I have referred all of them to your blog. Some of these have come from students who are pursuing a degree in science. So, keep telling it like it is. You provide a great service and the exceptional quality of your posts encourages thoughtful and valuable comments from those who read it. I hope this will continue to be the case for many years to come.

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13. MIMD on April 16, 2013 8:51 PM writes...

You've earned your readership through quality.

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14. LJStewartTweet on April 17, 2013 8:25 PM writes...

Derek. I read your posts every day. I don't comment as often as I'd like, but can safely say that this In The Pipeline is the key source of information and opinion on so many important topics from Resveratrol to FBDD. Thanks for doing this. I sure hope all of it is backed up on a mirror server ! Maybe you could ask Kahn Academy or some org like that to do a series of cool videos on your explanations of drug discovery.

Congratulations.

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15. Bend on April 17, 2013 11:35 PM writes...

Just read the xkcd comic. Holy crap, what bad timing!
Anyway, let me echo everything said so far. Very smart blog. Entertaining, informative, etc. Cheers.

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16. Athena on April 18, 2013 11:23 PM writes...

I remember the What If? post in question... I actually immediately recognised the chemical mentioned as one talked about here, and was very happy to see Randall actually link to this blog just a paragraph or two down. After all, the Things I Won't Work With entries are pure gold.

It also speaks a lot to just how well done they are that I *did* immediately recognise the compound on mention. After all, I can barely remember what happened three days ago, and it's been a long time now since I perused those posts.

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17. Athena on April 18, 2013 11:23 PM writes...

I remember the What If? post in question... I actually immediately recognised the chemical mentioned as one talked about here, and was very happy to see Randall actually link to this blog just a paragraph or two down. After all, the Things I Won't Work With entries are pure gold.

It also speaks a lot to just how well done they are that I *did* immediately recognise the compound on mention. After all, I can barely remember what happened three days ago, and it's been a long time now since I perused those posts.

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18. Will on April 20, 2013 12:29 AM writes...

I'm about to start graduate school (medicinal chemistry), and I ran across the website by way of XKCD. I'm glad I did!

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19. PrometheanSky on April 22, 2013 2:56 AM writes...

I also landed here by way of xkcd. After thoroughly enjoying the FOOF article I was quite disheartened to discover that about 4/5 of this site is way over my head. I'll keep coming back for the 1/5 I can get, and I hope to raise that percentage as I continue to educate myself.

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20. Anonymous on April 22, 2013 7:13 AM writes...

How's the book going? I'd snap it up in a second, no questions asked! Amazing blog; thank you for taking the time to put your thoughts and insights out there.

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21. Chris Jenkins on April 23, 2013 1:18 PM writes...

I must confess that I, too, found this via xkcd's What-If, and boy was I glad I did!

Pretty much all of the Things I Won't Work With succeed in being simultaneously uproariously funny and informative at the same time.

As an ex-pat chemist working for the last 15 years in internet and automotive databases, finding your blog was a delightful blast from the past! (Oy..."blast" :^)

It was also nice to know that, in all the years since I got my degree, ALL the knowledge has not vanished. Sitting at work reading this stuff, it required a lot of effort not to loudly guffaw every other paragraph.

Can't wait for the next installment!

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