Tuesday, March 23, 2010

78,834 Thank You's!

Hello all. I've been running this here blog since July 2007, using Blogger as my host. It was simple and easy to start and maintain but after time, I realized that Blogger offered me zero perks. No stat counter, no way to check Google searches, no automatic links to Facebook and such. Thus, after almost two full years in the dark, I came to my senses and decided to install a hidden stat counter on March 23, 2009. I seriously thought maybe a had a hundred readers a day and for that, I'd be thankful.

Well, it turned out I had about 200 which was really exciting. Then in the summer, it hovered around 250 before crossing the 300 barrier in September. Once Terry Teachout's Armstrong bio came out, it gave me a little shove past the 400 mark (thanks Terry!). And today, 365 days later, I'm weighing in with 78,834 hits in one year.

Now I know a lot of major websites probably get that in an hour, but I don't care. I'm very proud that such an obsessed, ridiculously wordy, homemade, sometimes psychotic specialist blog can still earn respectable hits. Of course, I take none of the credit; for me, the heartening thing is seeing that Pops still matters and there's still enough interest and love for him to keep people coming back here for more rantings and ravings. That's why I started this blog and I'm glad the effort has been worth it.

Of course, I'm receiving more hits than ever at a time when my ridiculously busy life has led me to post on an erratic basis. But even then, thanks for sticking with me! I don't have time for anything new and exciting to write about today, but I will share Louis's 1935 Decca record of "Thanks a Million" to express my gratitude.

Long live Pops!


"Jazz Lives" @ WordPress.com said...

Louis gave himself generously to his audiences, and your blogposts follow that spirit. "You're welcome a million," are the lyrics to the unwritten 1935 song.

Greg Beaman said...

Thank you, Ricky!
As for the stats, I subscribe through Google Reader, does that affect your stats at all? How many subscribers?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ricky,
I follow each blog post (although I mostly don't find time to write comments). It's always a pleasure after a long day of work to read your analysis of an old familiar Armstrong tune, which often brings a new dimension to my listening of the tune.
Please go on,
best regards from Berlin/Germany