I started this thing on Nov. 2, 2006. Now it’s three years later, and I’ve made 759 posts, including 256 entries in the resources section. The blog has received 172,496 WordPress hits, basically doubling the previous year each year – this year so far I’ve received 89,500 hits, and will probably get about 107,000 or so by the end of the calendar year. In contrast, I received about 52, 200 hits in 2008. Last month I topped 10,000 hits in a month for the first time, and in October 2008 I set a then record of 4,825. My busiest day was this past August 31, when I had 728 visitors thanks to the late Rolling Stone Brian Jones being in the news and lots of folks looking for an image of his tombstone, one of which (from findagrave.com) graces this post. So the growth has been slow but steady. Huffington and Malkin have nothing to fear, but I’m happy with the way things are going.
This past year I also jumped into social networking with Facebook. I registered the blog there with the Networked Blogs application on Facebook and have 93 followers that way. I’ve also added links to the bottom of selected posts to make it easier for readers to share my posts via different sites if they’re so inclined.
As for posts, …but I know what I like is still in the all-time lead with 4,171 views (none of these numbers include feed readers). 1862 Photos of Bull Run is a distant second with 3,212. The most viewed post written this year has been Civil War Art – Howard Pyle with 711, followed closely by Civil War Art – N. C. Wyeth with 686. Seems like a theme.
Over the past few weeks I’ve strayed from the central theme of this blog, but I’ll get back to posting primary Bull Run material soon.