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Well - I did it...
Today is my one year blog-i-versary!
Miraculously, I have somehow managed to write a full year of this nonsense - 180 posts to be exact, or about 1 every 2 days. But the best part of it is, I have also managed to gather up a whole bunch of new friends in the process. How cool is that?!
By "friends," I'm specifically referring to other bloggers who reciprocate with me through comment sharing along with non-bloggers who so kindly comment on a regular basis as well. So I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has stopped by and said "Hi." It's the sole reason I continue to enjoy doing this.
And my little "View From The Cloud" has certainly attracted a lot of visitors over time. For example, in the last year I've had nearly 7,000 visits to my blog by people from over 20 countries for an average of 35 different visitors a day. Here's how my blog has grown over the last year:
(click to enlarge)Holy cow, that's a lot of people - AND, a 150% increase in readership over the last 8 months alone! The way I figure it, if this rate of growth keeps up - in 6 years I'll be bigger than Oprah. Let's see...
Yep, it's true!
But don't get your hopes up. I won't be giving away any cars.
What I really enjoy about writing this blog the most is the friendly and funny banter we share in the comments. Right now I typically receive a totally sweet 10-15 comments per day, which of course also means that the other half of my visitors are "just looking," which is totally fine with me. I do the same thing on other blogs myself (although I wouldn't hate it if you wanted to drop an anonymous note today that simply said "Hey!" and signed it John Doe or something. You know, just to share some anniversary love :-)
So how am I going to celebrate?
Well, one way is by going "retro" for a few weeks. No, this doesn't mean I'm going to dress up in my old Livingston Fury stage clothes and start wearing leather pants again. This means that instead of writing new stuff, I thought I would reintroduce some of my favorite posts from the early days of The Cloud.
I wanted to do this because during this time, I wrote most of the stories that inspired me to start this blog in the first place. And also during this time, there was a total of 4 people reading it - all of them from my immediate family.
The way I see it, it would be a shame to have these stories simply lost in history forever, never to be seen again. Because unless you've taken the time to scour my archives (which is highly unlikely) you probably haven't read these posts.
So - starting on Saturday for the next few weeks, I'm going to republish my 10 favorite posts from the early months. You'll be able to recognize them by this medallion on the left. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed writing them. And again, THANK YOU!
It's been a total blast!
Oh, and for you fellow bloggers out there - consider yourself "tagged" (if you want). I'd love to see your "Blogspot©" too!