A few weeks ago – somewhere around the second week of November or so – this blog hit a bit of a milestone. It welcomed its 183,060th visitor of 2015. That may seem like a bit of a weird number to celebrate… but it is significant in that it is the same number of visitors we welcomed in 2014 – the entire year.
That same week we welcomed our 181,122nd visitor… the same number as we had welcomes in 2013.
If I remember correctly, for a few days in December of 2014 I was worried if we would have the same number of visitors as the preceding year – the year I first went to Japan and Australia, the year I spent traveling across Canada as a Microsoft Evangelist (with all of the exposure that entailed). We did of course, but statistically it was no more than that – Actually, just over a 1% increase.
I wasn’t sure if I had plateaued – if this was as good as it was going to get. I expected that Now that I am no longer a Microsoft Evangelist, no longer a Microsoft MVP, my readership would actually start going down. And it might yet… but it certainly hasn’t.
And so last month we matched the total for the previous year… and every view after that was shooting for a new record. But before we would know what that record will eventually be – and we will not know until January 1 – we have been shooting for another milestone.
If the trend continues, that milestone should be reached around the same time as this article goes live, at 8:30am Thursday morning.
Around that time, we will welcome our 200,000th visitor of the year. Wow!
Additionally, once we hit that target, we will then be 5,344 hits away from welcoming visitor number 700,000 (since migrating onto the WordPress platform in November, 2010). Another Wow!
I want to thank all of you for your confidence and your readership. Even though my father does not know how to visit my blog (and if you know him, please feel free to tease him about that) I still consider you part of my family. No, that does not mean you should expect a Christmas present or that you can borrow money. What it does mean is that I feel a responsibility to all of you, and will continue to work hard to not let you down.
Thank you all!