100,000 Hits – On Stats,Readers, and Looking Back

This here little blog hit the 100,000 hit mark sometime last night. I know some blogs get that many views in a month, but I’m still proud of my milestone.

The blog has been around since January of 2006. Here is that awesome first post from January 15, 2006. I really had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to say. I had a total of 8,217 hits that entire first year.

Things have been trending upward since. 35,554 people viewed this blog in 2007 and 51,222 viewed it in 2008. I hope even more people will read and comment here this year. It’s looking good thus far.

My most viewed post of all time is still the Death of Garfield post. 10,000 views that one has received. Another one that receives a ton of views, and one I’m quite proud of, is my Halloween short story Frank.

There have been the bad days, the days when I posted “I don’t know why I’m blogging here and I may take a break for a while” for whatever reason. Each time I found something interesting to post the very next day. The bug always comes back.

I don’t know why I started a blog in the first place. I’m not a particularly introspective person, nor do I have a huge desire to “be heard”. Whatever reason, I’m glad I did. Because of all of you.

Thanks to everybody who reads my posts everyday or every once in a while. Extra thanks to those of you who take the time to leave comments. The comments are truly what keep me going.

Maybe someday I’ll publish that novel, and this site will start getting those 100,000 hits a month. Maybe not. Either way, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the ride.

Create Your Own Font

fonttest

Yesterday Cool Tools, as always, came through with something pretty cool.  There is a website, called YourFonts, which allows you to download a form, fill in letters in your handwriting, and create a font of your own handwriting.  For free!

That’s what I did and you can see the results above.  It doesn’t look too bad for a first try, I suppose.  That’s actually much cleaner than my normal handwriting, although it still looks like a kid wrote it.  I may try it again and get a little fancy with the letters, but I’m pretty happy with the results.  If you give it a try let me know how it goes. T

Disjointed

steelercookie (Steeler Cookies made by my wife for the party)

This may be a disjointed post today and for that, I apologize.  It is Monday, after all.

So my Steelers won the Super Bowl last night in what some are calling “The Best Super Bowl Ever”.  I don’t know if it was the best ever, but I liked it 🙂  Here’s a good blog post from a Pittsburgh perspective, for those interested.

The party we had at our house went well, but was chaotic.  I think our house was rocked more by the two toddlers and three one year olds, than it would have been if we had a bunch of adult friends over and all got drunk. I think everybody had a good time, even if my wife had to clean  every one of my daughter’s toys from the little ones “spitting on them” (as my daughter says).

I have my monthly writing critique group tonight.  They will be sharing their thoughts on Chapter 1 of my new novel.  Hopefully that will go well.  Either way, it will be nice to spend a few hours talking about writing with fellow writers.

I have other stuff to say, but I don’t feel particularly coherent right now.  Happy Monday!