HBD Direct Subscription Trend Tracking Project

Besides the email version of the Digest, the HBD is also published in HTML at http://hbd.org/hbd, on the rec.crafts.brewing newsgroup, and is available from several archive sites, including ftp://hbd.org/pub/hbd/digests. Also, several of the direct subscriptions redistribute the HBD to addresses within private domains. Therefor, there's no accurate way to determine just how many people read each issue.

We started the table below because we felt that the general health of home brewing on the internet (as well as non-internet home brewing and the HBD itself) could be gauged by trends in the direct subscription count to the HBD. If you find this information somehow entertaining or useful, you're welcome to take a look!

Note: Since I've been such a slug recently regarding collection of the subscription data into the file, I've finally automated the process (29 Dec 2005). The data is collected weekly, first thing Wednesday morning. If I've several months-worth of data that I've not yet summarized and plotted, send a yell my way to get me off my dead buttocks and I'll fix it up :o)

HBD Direct Email Subscriptions - Individual Years

2000

05/16/00 3335
05/20/00 3338
05/28/00 3333
05/31/00 3334
06/06/00 3335
06/08/00 3340
06/16/00 3327
06/23/00 3334
06/25/00 3339
06/26/00 3335
06/30/00 3324
07/04/00 3321
07/10/00 3303
07/12/00 3308
07/17/00 3319
07/18/00 3319
07/24/00 3321
08/03/00 3318
08/07/00 3315
08/09/00 3317
08/19/00 3323
08/21/00 3326
08/30/00 3354
09/01/00 3358
09/08/00 3358
09/10/00 3365
09/20/00 3369
09/21/00 3375
09/23/00 3380
09/24/00 3384
09/25/00 3378
09/27/00 3388
09/29/00 3386
10/01/00 3391
10/02/00 3390
10/03/00 3387
10/06/00 3390
10/09/00 3393
10/11/00 3402
10/12/00 3404
10/13/00 3402
10/14/00 3402
10/24/00 3418
10/25/00 3430
10/26/00 3450
10/27/00 3461
10/29/00 3472
10/30/00 3474
10/31/00 3481
11/01/00 3485
11/02/00 3485
11/06/00 3498
11/07/00 3496
11/08/00 3497
11/12/00 3515
11/13/00 3520
11/14/00 3523
11/16/00 HBD servers move to new host
11/17/00 3516 HBD DNS entries fail.
11/22/00 3455 HBD DNS entries restored
11/25/00 3460
11/26/00 3467
11/27/00 3470
11/28/00 3471
11/29/00 3472
11/30/00 3477
12/01/00 3484
12/03/00 3490
12/06/00 3482
12/07/00 3486
12/12/00 3487
12/13/00 3487
12/14/00 3490
12/17/00 3484
12/19/00 3478
12/21/00 3477
12/26/00 3474
12/28/00 3471

2001

01/01/01 3471
01/02/01 3477
01/05/01 3481
01/08/01 3483
01/09/01 3484
01/10/01 3490
01/12/01 3498
01/15/01 3494
01/16/01 3495
02/27/01 3525
03/05/01 3532
03/06/01 3536
03/08/01 3548
03/12/01 3571
03/14/01 3569
03/16/01 3564
03/19/01 3571
03/20/01 3573
03/22/01 3573
03/23/01 3577
03/26/01 3591
03/27/01 3589
03/28/01 3584
03/30/01 3583
04/01/01 3583
04/03/01 3580
04/05/01 3584
04/12/01 3573
04/16/01 3583
04/19/01 3584
04/21/01 3580
04/24/01 3574
04/27/01 3585
04/30/01 3589
05/01/01 3587
05/02/01 3588
05/03/01 3590
05/07/01 3594
05/10/01 3603
05/11/01 3607
05/12/01 3606
05/14/01 3600
05/16/01 3597
05/21/01 3599
05/22/01 3597
05/23/01 3601
05/24/01 3599
05/27/01 3597
05/30/01 3589
05/31/01 3584
06/01/01 3583
06/02/01 3581
06/04/01 3585
06/05/01 3580
06/07/01 3579
06/09/01 3574
06/12/01 3575
06/15/01 3583
06/17/01 3582
06/20/01 3583
06/22/01 3575
06/28/01 3575
07/02/01 3574
07/04/01 3582
07/05/01 3582
07/06/01 3585
07/09/01 3590
07/10/01 3592
07/14/01 3579
07/16/01 3590
07/24/01 3589
07/25/01 3590
07/27/01 3584
07/29/01 3590
07/31/01 3595
08/06/01 3588
08/07/01 3588
08/13/01 3577
08/14/01 3580
08/15/01 3579
08/24/01 3578
08/27/01 3578
09/03/01 3581
09/04/01 3577
09/07/01 3595
09/10/01 3599
09/13/01 3602
09/14/01 3603
09/17/01 3606
09/19/01 3603
09/21/01 3603
09/25/01 3593
09/26/01 3590
09/27/01 3591
10/01/01 3598
10/02/01 3600
10/05/01 3601
10/10/01 3599
10/12/01 3599
10/15/01 3605
10/16/01 3607
10/18/01 3607
10/19/01 3609
10/22/01 3610
10/25/01 3617
11/01/01 3620
11/07/01 3618
11/09/01 3624
11/10/01 3622
11/13/01 3629
11/15/01 3635
11/19/01 3637
11/20/01 3639
11/23/01 3646
12/07/01 3668
12/09/01 3670
12/12/01 3676
12/21/01 3685
12/23/01 3688
12/26/01 3691

2002

01/03/02 3696
01/05/02 3704
01/08/02 3709
01/10/02 3712
01/12/02 3702
01/20/02 3728
01/23/02 3748
01/25/02 3746
01/27/02 3747
01/30/02 3755
02/07/02 3776
02/11/02 3786
02/13/02 3787
02/14/02 3793
02/16/02 3794
02/18/02 3792
02/20/02 3800
02/21/02 3806
02/26/02 3811
02/28/02 3786 (home.com shutdown)
03/01/02 3708 (HUGE failure on msn.com. 78 addresses bouncing)
03/02/02 3709
03/04/02 3709
03/07/02 3699
03/11/02 3698
03/14/02 3691
03/16/02 3682
03/21/02 3667
03/24/02 3673
03/29/02 3680
03/30/02 3682
04/05/02 3665
04/09/02 3669
05/10/02 3675
05/20/02 3688
05/24/02 3692
05/30/02 3685
05/31/02 3688
06/06/02 3669
06/11/02 3673
06/12/02 3679
06/17/02 3668
06/22/02 3681
07/02/02 3691
07/05/02 3694
07/17/02 3710
07/29/02 3697
07/30/02 3700
08/05/02 3696
08/07/02 3702
08/17/02 3697
08/27/02 3697
09/20/02 3731
10/04/02 3733
10/06/02 3724
10/15/02 3734
10/16/02 3743
10/29/02 3748
10/30/02 3750
11/06/02 3770
11/16/02 3800
11/19/02 3581 - Hotmail again...
11/29/02 3619
12/26/02 3640
12/28/02 3639

2003

01/07/03 3665
01/23/03 3681
01/24/03 3672
01/27/03 3680
02/07/03 3688
02/13/03 3694
02/19/03 3692
02/25/03 3695
03/11/03 3707
03/13/03 3701
03/22/03 3714
03/29/03 3724
04/02/03 3731
04/30/03 3757
05/12/03 3770
06/25/03 3775
07/09/03 3809
07/22/03 3813
08/15/03 3827
09/08/03 3842
10/13/03 3837
11/15/03 3830
12/03/03 3823
12/19/03 3809

2004

01/16/04 3820
01/20/04 3826
01/22/04 3834
04/08/04 3897
05/04 Catastrophic server failure
07/28/04 3248
08/05/04 3188 implementation of subscription probe
09/15/04 3226
09/16/04 3222
09/30/04 3231
10/03/04 3234
10/11/04 3233
10/18/04 2960 implementation of UCE Blacklists
11/30/04 3013
12/02/04 2981
12/06/04 2943
12/13/04 2945

2005

01/02/05 2941
01/11/05 2922
01/21/05 2926
01/23/05 2872
02/03/05 2891
02/06/05 2887
02/09/05 2871
03/06/05 2926
03/28/05 2928
04/14/05 2948
05/04/05 2955
05/10/05 2943
05/12/05 2930
06/09/05 2947
06/21/05 2885
07/14/05 2901
08/01/05 2879
08/05/05 2854
08/10/05 2862
08/12/05 2865
08/19/05 2875
08/21/05/2877
08/24/05 2883
09/02/05 2853
09/10/05 2850
10/25/05 2881
12/29/05 2918

2006

01/04/06 2919
01/11/06 2935
01/18/06 2940
01/25/06 2950
02/01/06 2969
02/08/06 2977
02/15/06 2974
02/22/06 2977
03/01/06 2983
03/08/06 2890
03/15/06 2888
03/22/06 2893
03/29/06 2889
04/05/06 2896
04/12/06 2909
04/19/06 2913
04/26/06 2922
05/03/06 2934
05/10/06 2935
05/17/06 2941
05/24/06 2947
05/31/06 2903
06/07/06 2903
06/14/06 2906
06/21/06 2920
06/28/06 2931
07/05/06 2934
07/12/06 2941
07/19/06 2944
07/26/06 2949
08/02/06 2951
08/09/06 2961
08/16/06 2970
08/23/06 2969
08/30/06 2972
09/06/06 2958
09/13/06 2945
09/20/06 2940
09/27/06 2944
10/04/06 2946
10/11/06 2917
10/18/06 2930
10/25/06 2935
11/01/06 2938
11/08/06 2950
11/15/06 2953
11/22/06 2953
11/29/06 2961
12/06/06 2906
12/13/06 2902
12/20/06 2922
12/27/06 2910

2007

01/03/07 2914
01/10/07 2919
01/17/07 2926
01/24/07 2923
01/31/07 2928
02/07/07 2930
02/14/07 2931
02/21/07 2927
02/28/07 2931
03/07/07 2931
03/14/07 2876
03/21/07 2878
03/28/07 2876
04/04/07 2880
04/11/07 2886
04/18/07 2892
04/25/07 2898
05/02/07 2906
05/08/07 2862
05/16/07 2865
05/23/07 2853
05/30/07 2857
06/06/07 2827
06/13/07 2830
06/20/07 2835
06/27/07 2836
07/04/07 2830
07/11/07 2829
07/18/07 2826
07/25/07 2832
08/01/07 2831
08/08/07 2803
08/15/07 2810
08/22/07 2816
08/29/07 2811
09/05/07 2802
09/12/07 2802
09/19/07 2808
09/26/07 2803
10/03/07 2775
10/10/07 2774
10/16/07 2777
10/24/07 2780
10/31/07 2783
11/07/07 2771
11/14/07 2767
11/21/07 2769
11/28/07 2773
12/05/07 2780
12/12/07 2777
12/19/07 2795
12/26/07 2777

2008

01/02/08 2772
01/09/08 2761
01/16/08 2757
01/23/08 2754
01/30/08 2762
02/06/08 2729
02/13/08 2734
02/20/08 2743
02/27/08 2742
03/05/08 2585
03/12/08 2589
03/19/08 2599
03/26/08 2605
04/02/08 2445
04/09/08 2458
04/16/08 2470
04/23/08 2474
04/30/08 2477
05/07/08 2429
05/14/08 2432
05/21/08 2425
05/28/08 2423
06/04/08 2406
06/11/08 2407
06/18/08 2404
06/25/08 2408
07/02/08 2398
07/09/08 2395
07/16/08 2399
07/23/08 2401
07/30/08 2410
08/06/08 2389
08/13/08 2386
08/20/08 2392
09/03/08 2331
09/10/08 2337
09/17/08 2347
09/24/08 2348
10/08/08 2348
10/15/08 2358
10/22/08 2364
10/29/08 2358
11/05/08 2338
11/12/08 2340
11/19/08 2341
11/26/08 2336
12/03/08 2310
12/10/08 2315
12/17/08 2318
12/24/08 2326
12/31/08 2323

2009

01/07/09 2313
01/14/09 2315
01/20/09 2313
01/28/09 2312
02/04/09 2302
02/11/09 2297
02/18/09 2298
02/25/09 2297
03/04/09 2281
03/11/09 2283
03/18/09 2286
03/25/09 2278
04/01/09 2285
04/08/09 2277
04/15/09 2281
04/22/09 2284
04/29/09 2284
05/06/09 2278
05/13/09 2282
05/20/09 2278
05/27/09 2277
06/03/09 2277
06/10/09 2272
06/17/09 2271
06/24/09 2264
07/01/09 2267
07/15/09 2275
07/22/09 2271
07/29/09 2270
08/05/09 2251
08/12/09 2250
08/19/09 2254
08/26/09 2261
09/02/09 2251
09/09/09 2244
09/16/09 2249
09/23/09 2255
09/30/09 2261
10/07/09 2241
10/14/09 2246
10/21/09 2246
10/28/09 2251
11/04/09 2242
11/11/09 2242
11/18/09 2251
11/25/09 2248
12/02/09 2233
12/09/09 2234
12/16/09 2238
12/23/09 2244
12/30/09 2249

2010

01/06/10 2241
01/13/10 2238
01/20/10 2242
01/27/10 2243
02/03/10 2235
02/10/10 2237
02/17/10 2231
02/24/10 2231
03/03/10 2225
03/10/10 2234
03/17/10 2236
03/24/10 2236
03/31/10 2237
04/07/10 2225
04/14/10 2231
04/21/10 2239
04/28/10 2232
05/05/10 2232
05/12/10 2232
05/19/10 2238
05/26/10 2234
06/02/10 2215
06/09/10 2212
06/16/10 2218
06/23/10 2219
06/30/10 2225
07/07/10 2212
07/14/10 2214
07/21/10 2215
07/28/10 2219
08/04/10 2210
08/11/10 2286
08/18/10 2285
08/25/10 2326
09/01/10 2359
09/08/10 2344
09/15/10 2348
09/22/10 2354
09/29/10 2358
10/06/10 2354
10/13/10 2358
10/20/10 2359
10/27/10 2367
11/03/10 2355
11/10/10 2360
11/17/10 2367
11/24/10 2366
12/01/10 2364
12/08/10 2357
12/15/10 2359
12/22/10 2365
12/29/10 2373

2011

01/05/11 2361
01/12/11 2370
01/19/11 2377
01/26/11 2385
02/02/11 2359
02/09/11 2362
02/16/11 2370
02/22/11 2371
03/02/11 2347
03/09/11 2346
03/16/11 2349
03/23/11 2352
03/30/11 2354
04/06/11 2335
04/13/11 2338
04/20/11 2344
04/27/11 2352
05/04/11 2338
05/11/11 2342
05/18/11 2345
05/25/11 2353
06/01/11 2353
06/08/11 2353
06/15/11 2354
06/22/11 2360
06/29/11 2359
07/06/11 2356
07/13/11 2359
07/20/11 2355
07/27/11 2357
08/03/11 2332
08/10/11 2333
08/17/11 2340
08/24/11 2339
08/31/11 2337
09/07/11 2328
09/14/11 2325
09/21/11 2335
09/28/11 2335
10/05/11 2333
10/12/11 2338
10/19/11 2346
10/26/11 2354
11/02/11 2339
11/09/11 2339
11/16/11 2341
11/23/11 2349
11/30/11 2356
12/07/11 2329
12/14/11 2329
12/21/11 2338
12/28/11 2344

2012

01/04/12 2334
01/11/12 2332
01/18/12 2332
01/25/12 2330
01/31/12 2334
02/08/12 2320
02/15/12 2325
02/22/12 2329
02/29/12 2331
03/07/12 2319
03/14/12 2317
03/21/12 2319
03/28/12 2311
04/04/12 2296
04/11/12 2297
04/18/12 2293
04/25/12 2288
05/02/12 2286
05/09/12 2293
05/16/12 2298
05/23/12 2302
05/30/12 2306
06/06/12 2314
06/13/12 2318
06/20/12 2318
06/27/12 2321
07/04/12 2326
07/11/12 2331
07/18/12 2335
07/25/12 2339
08/01/12 2342
08/08/12 2344
08/15/12 2347
08/22/12 2254
08/29/12 2237
09/05/12 2222
09/12/12 2226
09/19/12 2223
09/26/12 2231
10/03/12 2217
10/10/12 2220
10/17/12 2219
10/24/12 2215
10/31/12 2217
11/07/12 2209
11/14/12 2212
11/21/12 2223
11/28/12 2226
12/05/12 2216
12/12/12 2222
12/19/12 2224
12/26/12 2224

2013

01/02/13 2223
01/09/13 2224
01/16/13 2228
01/23/13 2226
01/30/13 2226
02/06/13 2217
02/13/13 2218
02/20/13 2213
02/27/13 2220
03/06/13 2217
03/13/13 2221
03/20/13 2221
03/27/13 2225
04/03/13 2225
04/10/13 2227
04/17/13 2228
04/24/13 2235
05/01/13 2243
05/08/13 2239
05/15/13 2241
05/22/13 2246
05/29/13 2240
06/05/13 2226
06/12/13 2228
06/19/13 2231
06/26/13 2237
07/03/13 2216
07/10/13 2212
07/17/13 2216
07/24/13 2219
07/31/13 2215
08/07/13 2201
08/14/13 2207
08/21/13 2212
08/28/13 2213
09/04/13 2197
09/11/13 2194
09/18/13 2195
09/25/13 2188
10/02/13 2179
10/09/13 2180
10/16/13 2187
10/23/13 2188
10/30/13 2187
11/06/13 2187
11/13/13 2189
11/20/13 2190
11/27/13 2186
12/04/13 2173
12/11/13 2178
12/18/13 2180
12/25/13 2182

2014

01/01/14 2183
01/08/14 1758
01/15/14 1762
01/22/14 1768
01/29/14 1774
02/05/14 1765
02/12/14 1770
02/19/14 1770
02/26/14 1771
03/05/14 1762
03/12/14 1763
03/19/14 1770
03/26/14 1774
04/02/14 1766
04/09/14 1769
04/16/14 1771
04/23/14 1764
04/30/14 1768
05/07/14 1762
05/14/14 1763
05/21/14 1767
05/28/14 1767
06/04/14 1756
06/11/14 1759
06/18/14 1761
06/25/14 1758
07/02/14 1749
07/09/14 1753
07/16/14 1756
07/23/14 1760
07/30/14 1764
08/06/14 1753
08/13/14 1748
08/20/14 1751
08/27/14 1755
09/03/14 1752
09/10/14 1757
09/17/14 1760
09/24/14 1767
10/01/14 1771
10/08/14 1760
10/15/14 1756