Back on March 31, 2006, some three years after I started my blog, I posted my 500th post. Today, August 28, 2009 I have reached another major milestone: my 1000th post. That’s a lot of posts! Moreover, each post was edited four times prior to publication. The average length of each post is currently 1,114 words. In short, this blog has been an endeavor requiring a huge amount of my time and talent. Overall, it has been fun to blog these many years, and gratifying to know based on comments received (often years after the post) that at least some of my posts have provided insight, discussion and amusement.
In March 2004, I started metering the blog with SiteMeter. Since then, SiteMeter has recorded over 250,000 visits and over 343,000 page views. Yet, it is clear that the majority of my visitors do not stick around. They are brought here by a search engine and typically leave soon afterwards. However, a few do stick around, but exactly who they are is mysterious since unlike many blogs, I receive relatively few comments (636 to date).
By some measures, I have more regular readers than ever. Feedreader says I have 42 readers, and I am sure I have others who are subscribing via email. I also have 15 people following me on Twitter. Yet overall, browser based traffic around here has dropped. Whereas I used to average 200 to 300 page views a day, now it is closer to 150.
Some of this may because content is moving away from browser-based HTML into newer forms of syndication like RSS. Part of this is also likely due to it being summer, when traffic typically dips. Some of it is also likely me. Inspiration comes less often now. Most of my best posts are five or more years in the past. The result is while I am still pleased with the quality of my writing, the content tends to not be as fresh or as interesting as I would like it to be.
So there are times when I feel throwing in the towel. Perhaps I have said nearly everything worth saying in 1000 posts. For now I will keep plodding away, adding to the some 1,113,000 words I have posted since December 13, 2002.
However, I could use some inspiration. If you appreciate the blog, or read the blog regularly, this would be a good time to leave a comment reassuring me that my words are still worth reading. I would hate to shut down this long-standing blog, but its time may be nearing an end. Whether it ends, dear reader, may depend on your feedback.
In any event, thank you very much for reading!