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January 1, 2010

For your interest, here are the top posts from New Wars since we started early in 2005, some of which also appeared at the older Blogspot site. A couple I left out since they were political posts, which we no longer do. Enjoy!

  1. Redefining the Battleship
  2. Sea Links (June 12, 2009)
  3. Most Important Battleship of WW 2
  4. PT Boats Make a Comeback
  5. Corvettes and the Failure of the LCS Pt 2
  6. The MV Arctic Sea Conspiracy
  7. JSF Alternative-Super Tucano
  8. Killer Drones versus Battle Tanks
  9. Debunking Aircraft Carrier Myths Pt 1
  10. Canada Wishes for CV90 Vehicles
  11. The New Battleships
  12. HSV Swift gives lessons in “soft power”
  13. Royal Navy’s 6000 ton Patrol Boat
  14. Future Surface Combatant Alternative
  15. Defending the Small Ship Navy
  16. Littoral Combat Ship Photos
  17. The Littoral Combat Ship Trap
  18. Arsenal Ships for Ballistic Missile Defense
  19. Aircraft Carriers Vs. the New Battleship
  20. Debunking Aircraft Carrier Myths Pt 3

Interesting that 4 of the posts include “battleship” in the title. Also the Royal Navy and the Littoral Combat Ship is a popular topic. I think we hit on a winning formula at the start of the year by dumping the political commentary to mostly military and especially naval opinion. Like me, I think most of you are heartily sick of all the infighting going on in political circles, between parties and the pundits. The numbers speak for themselves:

Views per month

  • December 2008–8,493
  • December 2009–64,025

At the turn of the last year we finally reached a high of 50,000 visits to the blog. Sometime overnight at the end of December 2009, we topped 390,000 visits. Thanks again for your support and Happy New Year!

27 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 4, 2010 4:22 am

    Al L Thanks for your always thought provoking discussion. If every one was in agreement, it likely would be less interesting!

  2. Al L. permalink
    January 4, 2010 12:44 am

    Mike B.,

    We agree on only 1 thing I can discern: that the allied democratic seafaring nations of the world need to devote more assets and effort to the yet to be realized persistent conflicts visible only through the fog of the future, sooner rather than later. Your ability to maintain a tone of civil though pointed discussion is remarkable. Congratulations on your success in forwarding the discussion, and may your next year surpass the last.

  3. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 3, 2010 2:12 pm

    Thanks Jed, and stay with it. We were just talking about reform before reform was cool. And I remember getting only a handful of comments the first couple years. We just stayed at it.

  4. Jed permalink
    January 3, 2010 11:35 am

    Well done Mike – I blog on a professional IT matters, admittedly its a bit “niche” but I don’t get anywhere near your traffic !! So well done, and keep up the good work :-) All the best for 2010. Jed

  5. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 3, 2010 8:45 am

    Michael-I agree we have an adult group of folks in the discussion, remember there is nothing personal. We all care about the services and want what’s best for the future. At least on that we can agree, as well as supporting the troops, airmen, and sailors.

    Leesea-I feel the same way! Thanks for all your help.

  6. Michael permalink
    January 3, 2010 5:45 am

    Mike Burleson,
    I only came across your website a couple of months ago and I must say it is without doubt,the best site for naval discussions on the web.
    It is one of the few sites I have come across that one can discuss contentious issues in an adult manner, so many others seem to decline into personal argument and abuse.
    You don’t find that on here,just good constructive argument and discussion.
    Look forward to the new year,keep up the good work and congratulations on your success.

  7. bob tolland permalink
    January 3, 2010 1:12 am

    Thanks for the response mike, really appreciate it. like i said earlier i love this site and its ideas, and of course its fantastic posters, but thanks for responding to me. your site is without a doubt my favorite mil blog. keep it up my friend! lets just hope that the navy gets it…. (call me an optimist but i think eventually they will have to and they will. its been my understanding that the US mil might screw up a lot in the earlier stages of a war or conflict but always Improves and finally gets the point. (as long as the Pols dont screw it up too much.). once again though sir Great site, and fantastic ideas.

  8. leesea permalink
    January 3, 2010 1:00 am

    Mike I am looking forward to cooperating with you more. ATB Lee

  9. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 2, 2010 8:09 pm

    Scott-Frigate replacements should be at the top of the list. they are on the backburner even though they are some of the most busiest ships in the fleet. In Britain THEY ARE THE BUSIEST SHIPS, but they are even further behind us. It is a shame, and I think we are at risk for it.

    D.E.-Now you’ve really put the pressure on me!

    Bob-Thanks so much and I agree about the excellent posters, who have taught me alot and keep me on my toes!

    Like you I love this country and I love the Navy. I appreciate all the fine service the sailors are doing, often with little thanks, above and beyond the call of duty. I want to see them all sail on new ships, spend less time at sea, and have the right mix of forces to fight the next war, God forbid it any time soon.

  10. Bob Tolland permalink
    January 2, 2010 5:53 pm

    Mike, Can’t say enough good things about your site. Some of the above comments were mentioning the number of hits you’ve received on here, which is very well deserved and very impressive. I can proudly say that I contribute on average 8 to 12 of those hits Every single day, and sometimes more. It’s required reading by me and I enjoy it very much. Thanks for continually putting out such a fantastic site with great out of the box ideas. ( i just hope the navy brass gets some of it right sooner than later). I love this country and I just want us to succeed. I, being an enthusiastic mil/navy novice have learned a Lot, not just from your great, spot on articles, but from some of your fantastic, very knowledgeable posters as well.
    My favorite mil blog of 09 and looking forward to 10. Keep up the Great work.

    -Bob Tolland

  11. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 2, 2010 12:04 pm


    Predictions? You want predictions. I’ll give yuh predictions!

    400,000 sometime between January 5 & 7, 2010. That would mean 200,000 hits occurred since September 15. Or, 200,000 in just over 3 & 1/2 months.

    500,000 by February 28, 2010.

    1,000,000 by December 31, 2010. That would require 500,000 hits over ten months. Given the recent rate of hits that should prove to be an easy goal to achieve.

  12. Bill permalink
    January 2, 2010 10:19 am


    Happy New Year to you and all of the commentors as well. I stumbled across your blog when it was linked in another blog article (probably ID, but I don’t recall for certain) and its been a daily ‘go to’ on my regular morning list of ‘coffee blogs’ ever since.

    Keep up the good work..the pot still needs an awefull lot of stirring. ;-)

  13. Scott B. permalink
    January 2, 2010 7:26 am

    Some are desperately trying to fine-tune the narrative that would help them cram the LCS boondoggle down the taxpayer throat

    Meanwhile, the frigate fleet continues to deteriorate inexorably. Philip Ewing has the story over at Navy Times.

    Not a good way to start 2010…

  14. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 2, 2010 5:56 am

    Mrs. Davis & War News:

    Always a pleasure and thanks for your continued support!

    OK, D.E.! What does your crystal ball say about this year? You were pretty close with earlier predictions!

  15. January 2, 2010 12:03 am

    I said on average. I am well aware that some posts receive dozens (if not more) comments …. and some receive only a smattering. LCS Aternative Weekly is always a favorite of mine …. as well as Sea Links.

  16. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 1, 2010 11:44 pm

    War News Update said:

    “by the end of this year your comments section will probably be drawing (on average) 100 comments per post ….”

    Hmmm… This week’s ‘LCS Aternative Weekly’ is presently up to 72 comments. I wonder how high it might go. I may not be the only -slightly- numerically -off- predictor amongst this blog’s commentators. Just forecastin’, predictin’, an’ havin’ a good time. ;-)

  17. January 1, 2010 9:47 pm

    Mike, I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the many excellent posts that you have published this past year. Your focus on naval issues makes your blog a must read for those who are in the “business”, and your writing also makes it easy for a lay person to understand.

    As to D. E. Reddick’s remarks on your site traffic, I think I can add to the discussion. Besides running my own blog on military and intelligence news, I am also responsible for a number of other websites. I have noticed in the past few years that internet traffic from December 20 to January 2 is always cut by about a third. I guess people prefer enjoying the Christmas season …. instead of reading what we post. Everything goes back to normal by the first week of January.

    My prediction …. January will not only be a banner month for you, but 2010 will put you on the map as a go to place for naval news, information, and discussion. In addition, by the end of this year your comments section will probably be drawing (on average) 100 comments per post …. which in itself will be very exciting for you to witness and a testament to the quality of your work.

    Again, thank you for the work that you are doing …. it is making a difference because I know that it is not only having an impact on people who are in a position to influence policy, but to those who also make policy.

  18. Mrs. Davis permalink
    January 1, 2010 9:25 pm

    Thank you. Happy new year.

  19. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 1, 2010 8:52 pm


    Your math may be a little bit off. I don’t think it will be as long as a week. It’ll likely be just another five days (2045 x 5 = 10, 225) before New Wars surpasses 400,000 visits (390,000 + 10,225 > 400,000). Well, maybe… ;-)

    Whatever the numbers do turn out to be, that growing rate of visitation is simply a measure of the success of New Wars. You’re doing quite nicely with this ever so intriguing blog, Mike!

  20. Mike Burleson permalink*
    January 1, 2010 8:28 pm

    Joe, here are the Top 5 posts by the numbers:

    Redefining the Battleship-5,004
    Sea Links-3,057
    Most Important Battleship of WW 2-2,276
    PT Boats Make a Comeback-2,218
    Corvettes and the Failure of the LCS Pt 2- 1,837

    Yeah, I get yelled at often for using “battleships” so much in posts, but as you can see, it is what the people want. What is today’s top post even with all the new stuff written? “Back to the Battleship Pt 1”!

    Scott B-You KNOW you had a big part to play in these numbers! Thanks for some great discussion.

    D. E. Reddick-Thanks so much for your continued help, timely links and advice for the blog. Much appreciated! And your prediction wasn’t that far off the mark! Maybe by a week.

    Matt-Yeah I believe in supporting the other sites because that is how I have gotten noticed myself.

    elgatoso-That article was just a pipe-dream when I originally wrote it. Now what is one of the most called on assets currently in Afghanistan but the helos! The lack of which is causing scandals in the British Parliament.And the 40 yr old Chinooks still going strong just amazes me.

  21. elgatoso permalink
    January 1, 2010 8:01 pm

    I remember a article in a blog previous to New Wars ,was something like ” a all helicpter army” .In my opinion ,your best article.

  22. Scott B. permalink
    January 1, 2010 5:40 pm

    May the soon-to-be-hit 400,000 mark be the presage of a very successful 2010 year for this blog !!!

  23. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 1, 2010 3:50 pm

    I just spent a little bit of time looking at numbers and resultant simple statistics (percentages). This site has an exceptionally rapid rate of growth for daily visits / hits:

    i) 100,000 visits / hits during that first measured period (Sept. 15 to Nov. 18 – i.e., a latter part of 2009) divided by 65 days duration equals 1538 hits per dium.

    ii) 90,000 visits / hits during that second measured period (Nov. 18 to Dec. 31 – i.e., the last part of 2009) divided by 44 days duration equals 2045 hits per dium.

    iii) 2045 divided by 1538 equals to 1.33 or a 33 percent increase in hits per dium over a 68 percent shorter duration (44 days divided by 65 days).

    iv) If we divide that greater hit rate of 1.33 by that shorter duration fraction of .68 then we get 1.956, or a nearly 96 percent greater rate of hits per dium over the previous period.

    That’s doing quite, quite well in my estimation.

    Mike, you need to let us know when New Wars does hit 400,000 visits. You just might clear an 100 % rate of increased hits by then.

  24. Matthew S. permalink
    January 1, 2010 3:36 pm

    Mike this is an awesome blog. I honestly think i found this blog by one of your articles with battleship in the title. Also, I found 4 or 5 other naval blogs that i read regularly because you linked to them in your articles.

  25. Joe permalink
    January 1, 2010 3:29 pm

    Just curious – by how large a margin did “Redefining the Battleship” win by? It’s been a top 5 post so many times…

    Congratulations on the burgeoning success – here’s hoping things get even bigger and better for the site.

  26. D. E. Reddick permalink
    January 1, 2010 2:38 pm


    You stated, above:

    “Sometime overnight at the end of December 2009, we topped 390,000 visits. Thanks again for your support and Happy New Year!”

    Oh well, we fell short of my last prediction by just 10,000 hits…

    I wrote back on November 18 or 19:

    “I expect to see 400,000 hits by January 1, 2010. Maybe, perhaps, possibly, probably…?

    New Wars went from 200,000 to (just over) 300,000 hits between September 15 and November 18, 2009. That’s only 65 days (counting inclusively), just over two months. I had forecast the blog reaching 300,000 hits within another three months (91 days) way back then on September 15 (I was too pessimistic, it seems).

    It’s 54 days (just under two months) from today (November 18 to December 31, 2009) to the end of the year. I do think that it’s possible for your blog to be that successful in such a short stretch of days. But then, of course – there are multiple holidays between now and the end of the year…”

    [{(…Apparently, I couldn’t count back on Nov. 18 or 19, as the number of days were really 44 and it was just under one and one-half months to go…)}]

    And you wrote this in response to my prediction:

    ““400,000 hits by January 1″

    Whew! The pressure’s on. Thanks alot for your great input D.E., and everyone!”

    It was a close-run thing, but a near-miss, all the same. Obviously, the holidays disrupted visitor hits and so my prediction failed!!! :-( ;-)


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