Ugh. I hate that word. But it’s appropriate.
All I can say about the growth and development of this site is “Wow.” I did not expect to get this popular this fast when I published my first post on January 7. Not to say that I’m popular, just that my expectations were more modest. Sure, the Internet is the land of a million voices (more like 1.6 billion). I’m just surprised that any significant fraction happened across my page.
Today I hit a new all-time high of 500+ page views. And I know page views aren’t the whole story, but the number of daily unique visitors hit a new high, too, at 125. Total unique viewers are just shy of 1,000. Readership has been increasing steadily even after the temporary blips from some sensational pieces on fuel dumping began to subside. Now I know today might be another one of those outliers since everyone likes to read about card churning, but I still see no reason for things to level off in the near future.
I’m very excited about where things are going. Later this week I will be leaving for Maui. To give myself (and Megan) a break from my obsessive writing, I have pre-written my first trip report, a six-part series on our visit to Paris last year. I’ll still be posting it manually each day, but I won’t be nearly as responsive to readers’ comments or breaking news.
Fortunately I’m also starting to get the hang of various tools to make my life easier. Twitter and Facebook seem to drive a reasonable but still small amount of traffic. I think I’ve figured out the basics of Twitter. I’m still not sure I can force myself to be a frequent presence on Facebook, but I did learn about Twitterfeed, which will only further allow me to let my Facebook profile, and this blog’s page, run on autopilot. There’s still plenty of time to change.
If you enjoy using Facebook or Twitter, I still encourage you to follow or like me using the links at the top of this page. I may grumble, but I go where the readers are. I’ll also be making a conscious effort to tweet frequent updates from Maui.
Finally, when I get back, and perhaps even earlier, there will be some exciting developments regarding the publicity this blog receives. I’m not entirely sure I how much I should talk about it, but I’m expecting to get another big boost in readership. I’ll be looking for new material to keep them coming back. Thanks to my frequent readers and commenters (on the blog and through Twitter and email). Your suggestions will get priority, so send them in now while I have time to mull them over on the beach!