It was one year ago today that Knitnut.net was launched upon its humble journey into the blogosphere.
In the early days, nobody read the blog. Then I got three regular readers who actually left comments and everything – Dakota, David Scrimshaw and Julia. They gave me a reason to keep on blogging. Since then, a few more regulars have come on board.
My first post was about my lost dog, Sam*. Since then, there have been 204 more posts, 491 comments, a migration from Blogger to WordPress, and a multi-version manual WordPress upgrade (it’s still fresh in my mind, I’ll let it go soon, I swear). There are 92 google links to this blog, and technorati lists it as the 315,428th most popular blog in the blogosphere. That stat cracks me up. The most recent visitor to get here through google was searching for a 21-inch penis.
At some point I installed Statcounter, and started watching the daily traffic grow. Yesterday there were 71 visitors to the blog, of which 33 were repeat visitors and 38 were brand new visitors. I think that was close to the most ever, except for the day my blog got accepted into one of the knitting rings. (Speaking of which, you might surmise from the title – Knitnut.net – that this would be a blog about knitting. I discovered early on that there’s only so much I can say about knitting. There are blogging knitters [knitting bloggers?] who can write about knitting all the time and actually keep it interesting, but I’m not one of them).
I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who drifts in, reads my blog, and/or leaves comments. The comments are the icing on the cake. Checking the comments is a little like leaping out of bed on Christmas morning to see what’s in my stocking. My goal for the second year of the blog is to elicit more interaction. In other words, I want more comments! I’ve been blabbering on non-stop for a whole year, and most of you have never said a single word back. Don’t be shy, say something. It doesn’t have to be profound, I’ll be happy even if you just say hi.
*Just to demonstrate what a small world it is: my first post was about my lost dog. The people who found my lost dog, Nik and Michelle, stumbled across my blog a few months later, and are now regular readers. I’m a regular reader of their blogs too. Perhaps even more weirdly, it turns out that Nik and I knew each other virtually 16 years ago from the Internet’s great grand-daddy, the Bulletin Board System (BBS) network.