I started blogging about a decade ago… I started writing articles for my friends and family which I would e-mail to them as early as the late 1990s, and in 2001 I registered my first domain name and put up my first website (www.e-mitch.com). I would post my articles and writings there, hoping that one day I would leave my job at IGS Security and become a computer consultant. Obviously I did…
I remember watching that site welcome its 500th visitor. I was thrilled. I knew my web presence was beneath miniscule, but I was proud of it nonetheless.
Over the years I started blogging on blogger.com (I may name have that right) and then on the MITPro (Montreal IT Professionals) website, and in mid-2007 I moved not only from Montreal to Mississauga, I also moved my blog from there to mitchgarvis.com. That site was hosted on Community Server, a product from Telligent Software that did exactly what I needed it to do… and much more.
Well over time it stopped being as friendly as that, and eventually a friend of mine (Cory Fowler) suggested I migrate to (and then did all of the heavy lifting) WordPress.com. WordPress is a spectacular blogging platform that I have grown to love, and have no plans to change (although shortly I will be moving to the Windows Azure-hosted WordPress!)
We migrated www.garvis.ca to WordPress in November, 2010. That month it had 1,567 hits… about 60 per day. In 2011 we had 26,487 hits – an average of 73 hits per day.
Sometime in the spring of 2012 those daily hits started to soar. By May we averaged 204 hits per day, and by the year end the average had soared to 277 hits per day, thanks to 101,205 hits. I was flabbergasted!
As I sit writing this www.garvis.ca has had over 94,000 hits in 2013… by the third week of July. That is an astounding average of 468 hits per day…and I am at a rare loss for words. How is it that so many people are interested in what I have to say?
I want to thank you all for all of your feedback, all of your support, and all of your kind words over the past few years. It warms my heart to hear from my readers, and when someone comes to me when I am on the road and says ‘You know, I read your blog.’ it literally makes me want to cry. It means the world to me, and I want you to know that… YOU make this blog what it is, because without you I probably wouldn’t care! 🙂