10 Years of Great Sex: It’s the Tenth Blogiversary of Sex and Psychology!
December 15, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller
Believe it or not, Sex and Psychology turns 10 years old this week! When I first started blogging at the end of 2011, I had no idea where this journey would take me, but it sure has been fun! I am thrilled that Sex and Psychology has become a widely read and referenced resource on the science of sex, and I’m humbled by all of the opportunities that have emerged as a result of this blog. I didn’t have a grand vision for it when I started—it was just a fun little thing I did on the side as a college professor.
It all started when a few of my colleagues began a website on the science of relationships. They invited me to write a few blog posts, which is something I had never done before. I was kind of intimidated because, at that point, I was only used to writing dense scientific journal articles for an academic audience. I was not experienced with translating science for a broad audience, but I gave it a try and found that I really enjoyed it! Sex research was really where my passion was, though, so I decided to start my own platform where I could focus on the science of sex, and the blog was born!
Over the years, Sex and Psychology’s growth started leading to other opportunities to translate sex science, from newspaper and magazine writing to radio and television appearances to speaking gigs to consulting jobs with sexual health and wellness companies to my own podcast to a major book deal in Tell Me What You Want. Basically, everything I do now grew out of the blog. What was initially meant to be a fun side project eventually turned into a full-time career, which is why I ended up leaving academia in 2018 to start my own business. I still do academic work, but it’s now my side gig. Never expected that turn of events!
Thank YOU for your interest in the science of sex and everything you do to support this site, including reading and sharing the articles and podcast episodes, submitting your questions, and weighing in with your comments. I hope you’re all looking forward to another year of great sex [research] as much as I am! I have a lot of new and exciting developments in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share with you in 2022, but in the meantime, here are some fun facts and statistics for your reading pleasure, along with some awesome achievements and honors for the blog and podcast:
- Current number of social media followers across all channels: 92,600+ (up 24% from 2020). All platforms showed growth, but my Instagram following more than doubled, going from 8K to over 17K. Each of my profiles offers something different, so if you’re only following one, you’re missing out! Please subscribe to me on YouTube for fun videos featuring sex facts and research, follow me on Twitter for a daily roundup of the latest sex news and research, and follow me on Instagram if you want fun sex quotes and to see what I’m up to when I’m not writing about sex!
- Most listened to episode of the podcast this year: Where Do Sexual Fetishes Come From? with Dr. Jim Pfaus
- Number of countries where episodes of the podcast were listened to this year: 55 (according to Spotify Unwrapped)
- Most read edition of Sex Question Friday in 2020: I Want to Watch My Wife Sleep With Someone Else. Is That Normal?
- Most-watched sex research video on the blog in 2020: The History of the Clitoris
- Most read infographic on the blog in 2020: Women’s Preferred “Shapes” and Styles of Genital Touch
- The Sex and Psychology blog was listed among the top 100 sex blogs of 2021 on Kinkly, who also named it the top sex blog by or for men (although this blog is for everyone!).
- The Sex and Psychology Podcast reached the top 5 in Apple’s sexuality category in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and multiple other countries around the world.
Stay tuned for a countdown of the ten most read articles of the year. There are some truly fascinating entries on the list!
Thank you again for your continued support and readership of the blog!
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Dr. Justin LehmillerFounder & Owner of Sex and Psychology
Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.Read full bio >