2013 was a banner year for Cartoon Brew. Our renewed focus on expanding editorial content and hiring new writers pushed the site to its best year of traffic in its ten-year existence.
Numbers matter, of course. Without readers, the site could not exist. Traffic allows us to pay writers, tech people, lawyers, salespeople, and suppliers. But there are many websites that generate the type of random traffic we don’t wish to have. As Cartoon Brew continues to grow, our aim is to attract the right kind of readers: Lovers of the art form who create animation for a living, who study animation with the seriousness that a doctor studies medicine, and who watch animation with the passion of a sports fan rooting their team to victory. In other words…you.
This morning I spent some time browsing through Google Analytics to compile a list of which studios/companies, schools, and countries drove the most traffic to Cartoon Brew during the past year. We’re long overdue on publishing such a report; the last time we did a similar post was in 2010. It’s a simple reminder that Cartoon Brew is not a mass of faceless Internet users, but a distinguished group of readers who represent the diversity and vitality of the animation community in both the U.S. and abroad.