Over the past few months I have been astounded to see the growth in this site’s readership. One of my goals over the past year has been to make this site as relevant as possible to as many IT Pros as possible, and I can tell that it has worked. The site has received a number of awards, and I have to admit that it is really cool when someone comes up to me in a foreign country to discuss an article that I wrote.
In November, 2010 I reset this site and started from scratch; I did not wipe the content, of course… I ported over as many articles from the original site as I thought were relevant. Thanks to Cory Fowler The World According to Mitch had a new home on WordPress.com, and all of a sudden all of my comments and statistics were reset to zero.
Building my brand has been an uphill battle, and a rewarding challenge. It is amazing to look back at February of 2011 and see that the site had 746 hits. Eleven months later, in January of this year, it had (at the time) a record 4,720 hits. I was thrilled by that number! I was however surprised to see as I wrote more and more that the number kept going up, month over month.
This morning I woke up and checked the counter; I was watching it all evening last night because there was a very special milestone that would break either Friday or Saturday. When I went to sleep last night there were 9,950 hits for the month of September, so when I checked the counter this morning and it said 117 hits I knew we had done it… our first ever month with 10,000 hits! It is certainly a milestone worth celebrating.
Speaking of milestones, there are a few that I have hit this year, and a few more that I expect to. For example, sometime in the next week the site will welcome its 60,000th visitor of the year (2011 had 26,487 hits). That is really exciting for me. Also, since the reset, the site has had (as of Saturday morning) 88,000 hits, which means that at the current pace sometime in early November we will be celebrating 100,000 hits. Not bad for a kid from Montreal, huh?
I want to thank all of you for your support; I have enjoyed blogging, and will continue to do so. However I want to make sure that I am staying relevant, so please feel free to ping me and let me know what topics interest you! I don’t make any promises, but I am writing this blog for you, and so I want to continue to read it!!
Thanks again… here’s to making the next 88,000 as interesting as the last 88,000!