Three Years Of Rantingly
Hey everybody it’s me, Nick. The guy that runs Rantingly. Today is the one day of the year that I make this site a little bit about me.
In case you’ve never been to the “About” page, I’ll save you a click. Rantingly is a one-man-show news aggregator started by me in August 2017. Running this site solo can be overwhelming at times but I truly enjoy working on it every day. I still get a kick out of the messages in my inbox that include phrases like You Guys, The Rantingly Editors, or Tell Your Idiot Coding Guy. Rantingly is all me and no one else has ever done any work on this site.
Rantingly is the first website I’ve ever created so it is, and will continue to be, a work in progress. Keeping up with news takes up a majority of my time but learning on-the-fly about coding, servers, advertising, and marketing has been the most challenging part.
I’ll never forget the first message I received in the Rantingly inbox: “Ur site sux, learn some css jackass.” Those seven words have stuck with me to this day. Thanks to that anonymous user’s wise words of encouragement images enlarge when you hover over them and the overall site looks like I sort of know what I’m doing here.
It’s been a pretty crazy 1124 days. I would like to apologize for that day I took off on January 15th, 2020. I let you all down that day, and most importantly I let my mom down. She really does believe this is the best site in the history of the internet. She still finds it hard to believe that the handsomest man in all of Los Angeles is running the best website in the world. Although I did appreciate the dozens of “ARE YOU ALIVE!” messages from Rantingly users, I’ll try and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Some of you old-school Rantingly users might be saying: “Hey, what about those 4 days you took of to go to summer camp.” Well, those don’t count because I was still working. I’m not sure if I ever made this clear but I was a coach, not a camper.
Thanks to all of you, Rantingly is growing…
Here’s a look at our growth over the last 3 years…
Daily Users: August 10th, 2017 – September 5th, 2020
As of right now Rantingly has about 16,000 daily users that come to the site multiple times a day. August was our best traffic month ever with 1,667,766 pageviews. I haven’t spent a single dollar marketing this site, so all of our growth has been completely organic. So thank you to everyone spreading the word about the site.
Here are some answers to common questions I receive:
Q: Why are some links blue?
A: Blue links are links to videos or links where the main focus of the article is a video.
Q: Where did you come up with the name Rantingly?
A: This song by the Clancy Brothers.
Q: Is there a Rantingly app?
A: Not yet. App development will begin after the election. I’ve already been in contact with a few developers.
Q: I don’t like that [ad, article, or wording of a headline], have you sold out?
Q: I see you’re posting a lot of articles from this [writer, or website], how much are they paying you?
A: Nothing. I’ve never been paid to post an article and I have never posted an article in exchange for promoting my site. I post the best articles I find everyday and that’s it. People send me articles every day and if I think they’re good I post them.
Q: What’s the deal with your logo?
A: How dare you.
Q: Is Frog Tape worth the extra $3 per roll?
A: No. Use the normal blue painters tape. When you’re done taping to paint your walls, lightly brush some trim color paint on the edge of the tape that is (almost) touching the wall to seal down the tape. Don’t worry if you get a little trim paint on the walls because you’re going to paint over it anyway. If the paint bleeds through the tape it will just be your trim color paint bleeding onto the trim. Let it dry completely before cutting in with your wall paint.
If you ever want to grow some thicker skin add an anonymous feedback form to your website. The Rantingly inbox can be pretty brutal sometimes but I definitely do like hearing your suggestions and feedback. The Rantingly inbox breakdown is usually 90% articles I’ve already posted, 5% helpful feedback, 4% “great job” and about 1% downright mean. All messages posted in the feedback form are anonymous, so I can’t write back. If you want to send me message and possibly receive a reply you can find my email address on the “Contact” page.
The Future Of Rantingly…
I’m not going anywhere. I found something I like doing that I’m pretty good at. New features and upgrades to the site take a while for me to implement because my main focus is on finding and posting articles. I have some projects in the works though, and I expect to be rolling out some of those in the near future. App development will be begin after the election.
I posted the First Annual Rantingly Fundraiser back in August of 2019. At that time I was making about enough money on the site to pay my car insurance every month. Since then my traffic has grown about 6X and now I’m making about enough money to pay for 6 people’s car insurance every month. I’m almost to the point where I don’t need to ask for donations to keep this site running. Unfortunately the Chinese Virus did a number on my (and everyone else’s) ad rates. On two of my ad networks my rate dropped almost 70% in one week. At our current rate of traffic growth and with a recovery in our ad rates I’m very confident that the site will be self-sufficient in the next 4-6 months. So here it is…
The 2nd Annual & Final Rantingly Fundraiser…