Happy birthday to my blog. We're two years old now and going strong. It has become quite a project to maintain every week, but I keep finding time to update regularly enough and I continue to enjoy doing it. Responses have been friendly and traffic continues to grow. I promise to keep adding content if you promise to check in occasionally. Send me ideas, questions, worries!
The past year, in particular, was very good in terms of culling a wider audience. It's not just my family and friends reading anymore, but complete strangers are finding the site and commenting on it. Some people I have never met read my site with even greater regularity than some of my loved ones. A testament to my ever-expanding efforts to produce content and content that transcends the interpersonal. A job in itself.
Statistically, it was a good year, as well. In June, I was mentioned in a post on Ron Silliman's Blog after writing a letter to him, and my hits jumped dramatically. Thanks, Ron! There was a big drop-off in July, when I went on vacation for two weeks and added nothing, but August and September were even higher than June, without the benefit of a blurb, and that's good news. I also had two e-books released in the past two months, which has continued to drive traffic to my site.
I averaged about five posts per month in the first year, but averaged about eight posts a month in year two. If you only look at the last six months, my average goes up to more than ten posts per month. Lastly, around the end of May of this year, I had my 1,000th visitor and now, at the end of October, I'm well into the 2,000s. So in four months, I've nearly doubled the amount of traffic that I'd had in the 18 previous months. Not bad.