Happy Anniversary!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my blog. I’m excited. 🙂 Just because.

It’s been a learning experience, and a growing experience. I’ve made a lot of new cyber-friends, and enjoy meeting with them from time to time on my blog or theirs, or through comments. By looking at the blog stats, I know I have lots of readers, but only get occasional comments — which I always enjoy. Since the start of this blog, one major change has been the addition of the poll feature, which I think is great because it allows more interaction and input from you, my readers. I learn from your experience, and get a general idea of where you’re coming from, although I don’t know who gives what answer in the polls, unless you tell me.

When I first started, there were times when I felt like I would never run out of subject material. But then there have been times when I’ve gone several days or even weeks without a post. I also learned about editing the publishing date of the post, so that I wouldn’t have so much “feast or famine” with the posts — looking back, I see that there are several different days that have two or three posts apiece, preceeded by and followed by many days without a post. Since I can’t always guarantee that I will have free time to write a post each day, I like to be able to write when I have the time, and post them regularly.

For those of my regular readers who have followed me from the beginning, thank you. And for those who haven’t, thank you for joining me, and I hope you enjoy looking back through the archives for the old posts. I don’t like being too repetitive, so if I talk about the same things, I try to come at it from a different angle — whether it’s a new study, article, blog post, birth story, etc. that sheds new light on the subject, or just something that I think bears repeating. So, here is my first post, Fast Food Birth. I remember writing this while we were having a discussion in the Independent Childbirth Educators email list I’m a member of. One of the educators had written an essay, Burger King Birth, that I think is just wonderful, which was the inspiration or “jumping-off place” for my post.

Now, for some stats (as of the time of this writing, about 10 hours before 12/17/08):

Total views: 68,688

Busiest day: 543 — Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Posts: 323

Comments: 477

Categories: 38

Tags: 1,094

Akismet has protected your site from 1,608 spam comments.

My blog has grown in popularity quite a bit since its inception a year ago — from an average of 10 hits per day to about 300! Yep, I’m excited and modestly proud.

I’m not totally sure how the blog stats work — if these are only unique hits or if any person who reads (even the same post multiple times) will be counted as a “hit” or “referrer”. Most of the referrers are through WordPress tags, and Google Reader is a big one too; but I want to take a moment and thank the other top referrers who are actual people:

I hope you enjoy my blog in the upcoming year as much as you have in this current one.


4 Responses

  1. ::clapping:: Happy Anniversary! 🙂 I’ve only been reading for a couple of months, but I’m so glad to have found “you”!!! 🙂 Thanks for all your hard work!

  2. Congratulations on one year!
    Wow, I am a top referrer. 🙂 Thanks for the special recognition.

  3. Congrats. I’m constantly amazed at the variety, quality and frequency of your posts. There’s a theory out there that you’re a plant or an amalgam of many people… LOL!

    Happy blogiversary!

  4. Thanks, everyone!

    Jill — Wow! — I’m being talked and theorized about! Woo-hoo!

    As to the variety — I read a lot of emails and other blogs and stuff, so there are a lot of different people’s perspectives coming into play in what I write about. As to the quality — well, you’ll have to thank my English teacher in school and the A Beka curriculum. And the frequency — well… just don’t expect my house to be sparkling clean, but I do keep up with laundry and the dishes. 🙂

    But I will do something that I’ve never seen Dr. Amy do, and that is to publicly say that I am just one person, and everything on this blog is from me (with due reference to quotes and what-not).

    Thanks again, everyone!

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