No Kidding

I can hardly believe it, but it has been a year since I launched this blog. Wow. I’m surprised that I’ve stuck with it this long, given that writing daily — or at least often enough that people keep reading — takes more discipline than I thought I had. WordPress really lured me in with their stats page, though, and watching the little lines on the graph climb and fall has proved compelling enough to keep me going. I thought I’d share some of the numbers, because, well, I can’t think of a clever April Fools Day joke and I need to post something.

Total Views: 19,364 (Seriously?)

Posts: 317 (Though Snapdragon gets credit for 30 of them.)

Comments: 1,314

Spam Comments Blocked: 4,053 (Yes, that’s slightly more than three spam comments for every legit one. Crazy.)

Best Day Ever: 218 — Monday, June 25, 2007 (This is the post from that day. Huh.)

Most Viewed Post: Best. Thanksgiving. Appetizer. Ever.

#1 Referring Site (Overall): Netvibes (Perhaps because, way back in the beginning, I recommended it to the few of you reading this back then?)

#1 Referring Site (People I Actually Know): Bomboniera (MsP has also been on the receiving end of the most click-thrus from this site. Appropriate, since her blog, along with sprite’s and Rudi’s, were among my main inspirations for starting this.)

Over the course of the year, I was listed twice in the daily round-up from DC Blogs — the aforementioned Best. Thanksgiving. Appetizer. Ever. (explains how it’s most-viewed, eh?) and more recently, for I Hate March 19th.

So, thanks to all of you who’ve stuck with me through this year, even during the hiatus that took up most of February. And thanks, too, for hitting “refresh” so often. It really drives up my numbers.

10 thoughts on “No Kidding

  1. Shannon April 1, 2008 / 9:09 am

    Happy Blogging Anniversary!

  2. Mom April 1, 2008 / 9:17 am

    It has been great partially looking into your world through your writings — a whole year. Congrats! Also, I love the contact with your friends, recipes, photos, musings, etc. – all the sharing. A special hug is coming your way today!

  3. sprite April 1, 2008 / 1:13 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

  4. MsP April 1, 2008 / 2:40 pm

    It’s because I’m all linky, no thinky. You post clever things, I copy them. Rinse and repeat. 🙂

    Like, for example, this post. Mark my words there’ll one be just like it on my blog tomorrow.

  5. Roon April 1, 2008 / 3:19 pm

    Congrats on a year of blogging!

  6. Susan April 1, 2008 / 4:51 pm

    I’ve missed reading you…life’s been crazy…so I just spent 45 minutes catching up on my “back-blog” reading. You need to write a book I can take to the beach :-)!

  7. Snapdragon April 1, 2008 / 7:42 pm

    Happy Blogiversary big sis!! And thanks for letting me contribute. It has been tons of fun – can’t wait to see the year two retrospective (I think of the montage at the beginning of every new season of the Soprano’s). So if we had a montage for year one, what would be the accompanying music in the background? (End of the World as We Know It?)


  8. randomduck April 1, 2008 / 7:43 pm

    Gotta love that you’ve tended your garden so well – kudos!

  9. Sweetpea April 3, 2008 / 8:55 am

    Many thanks to all for the good wishes. Now let’s see if I can keep it going another year. 😉

    Eileen, I’ll have to contemplate what would be the music to accompany this blog.. Or maybe that could be a post, and everyone could decide!

    And Susan, I’d be happy to write a book you could take to the beach, provided that someone can pay me to do it. So, if you can get me a book deal, your wish will be granted.

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