Friday, October 26, 2007

Happy Anniversary to YOU!

Well, here it is October 26 - the official 2-year anniversary of View From The Cloud!

I would like to do something a little different here today. Rather than regale you with the usual knee-slapping, spit-your-coffee-on-your-screen, Pulitzer Prize-worthy post you're accustomed to, I am instead going to take a more bromidic approach and offer this as a heartfelt tribute and thanks to YOU, my faithful readers and commenters.

Today I would like to recognize all of you for hanging around with me for 2 years - and share some current facts about this blog, which of course will go nicely with my desire to make this post unfunny. Because as I'm sure you're all aware, one of the quickest ways to reduce the humor level in any writing is to cite statistics. This approach also works well in other areas too. For example, if you're interested in reducing the romantic atmosphere in your bedroom you can always cool the mood by referencing something like... "Honey, did you know that the average length of time a love making session lasts is only..."

You get the picture.

So what I'm going to do here today is share a couple of lists that are basically broken down into 2 categories:

1. An acknowledgment of my top 20 commenters since the beginning of this year.
[I would have measured it from when I started this blog two years ago, but when Blogger switched over to "new" Blogger last year, many of the previous commenters names got converted over to "anonymous" and I couldn't tell who many of them were. However, by 2007 everyone was on the same platform so I am now able to count them.]

2. An alphabetical list of anyone who has left 5 or more comments here at any time.

I know, you don't have to remind me how anal this approach is. But after all this IS what I do for a living and pretty much what I do best - sort through data and compile it into meaningful lists that is. If nothing else Yellojkt should appreciate this.

Really though, I do want to thank each and every one of you listed below, as well as the dozens of other people who also read my humble little view from St. Cloud on a daily basis but prefer to stay in the background. I love all of you too.

But first, here are a few facts I've gathered about the state of my blog:

  • Since I started View From The Cloud, I've had 62 different people leave 5 or more comments.

  • Since the beginning of this year alone I've made 32 new friends!

  • As near as I can tell, I'm regularly visited by 11 different countries from 5 different continents.

  • Thanks to you, I have evolved into a Slithering Reptile in the TTLB Ecosystem (this is actually a much higher honor than it sounds).

  • I am linked by over 70 other blogs or web sites.

  • I am ranked in the top 143,000 blogs on Technorati. I know, that might not sound too impressive initially - but don't forget there are over 70 million blogs operating at any given time. Ok, now you can be impressed.
And now as promised, my lists about YOU:

Top 20 commenters in 2007!
1. Heather from Cool Zebras
2. Carla from Blah Blah Blog-o-licious
3. Bill - My Dad (no blog)
4. Linda from Letters From Third Grade
5. Amy from Mooselet Musings
6. Suzie from A Big Dooz
7. Yellojkt from Foma*
8. Betty from W.A.Y.A. - Bit of This and That
9. Deborah from Weathering Migraine Storms
10. Sandy from Sandy and Kurt
11. Rick - My brother (no blog)
12. Gale from This Was Me
13. Mom - My mom (no blog)
14. Diesel from Mattress Police
15. Jenny from The Bloggess and Mama Drama
16. Ashley from One Tall Momma
17. Emma from Emma Sometimes
18. Mitch from Mitch McDad's World
19. Neva (aka Snuppy or Crazy Aunt Bea) from Central Snark
20. Dan from All That Comes With It

My friends since the beginning

*lynne* from Life After Work
Amy from Mooselet Musings
Ashley from One Tall Momma
Betty from W.A.Y.A. - Bit of This and That
Bill - My dad (no blog)
Brandon - My son from Format C:
Carla from Blah Blah Blog-o-licious
Charli - My wife (no blog)
Cindy - My sister (no blog)
Cleo from Random Musings by Cleo
Dave from Blogography
Deborah from Weathering Migraine Storms
Emma from Emma Sometimes
Funkster - My cousin (no blog)
Heather from Cool Zebras
JD from In The Weeds
Jennine from Heelprints in the Sand
Jenny from SchnozzFest
Jenny from The Bloggess and Mama Drama
Jess from Driving Sideways
Kal from Kal's World
Kelty Bug from Chaos and Order, My life is an Oxymoron!
Linda from Letters From Third Grade
Mike - My brother (no blog)
Mom - My mom (no blog)
Paul from Bugwit
Pauly D from Words For My Enjoyment
Rick - My brother (no blog)
Sandy from Sandy and Kurt
Wendy from Fire on the Poop Deck and now here too.
Yellojkt from Foma*

New friends within the last 9 months

Diesel from Mattress Police
Elizabeth from The Mia Storey
Gale from This Was Me
Karl from Secondhand Tryptophan
Mitch from Mitch McDad's World
Tim from LA Daddy
Suzie from A Big Dooz
Wickwire from Weird Side of Wickwire

The last 6 months

Cathouse Teri from The Road Lester Traveled
Chase from Taste The World
Dan from All That Comes With It
Hilly from Snakie's World
Laurence from Bee Happy
Neva from Central Snark
Stephanie from Mama Drama
Stepping from Stepping Over The Junk
Whit from Honea Express

The last 3 months

Bon Bon from Phantom Kitty
Gary from Jerry Chicken
Travis from The Holmes
Jarkko from Jarkko Lane
Julie from Julie Pippert: Using My Words
Rebecca from Fourier Analyst
VE from VE's Fantastical Nonsense

My newest friends - within the last few weeks

Andi from Poot and Cubby
Bradley from The Egel Nest
Deb from Deb Hobo Dot Com
Funspirit from Funspirit
Half Mexican Mama from Half Mexican Mama
Impetua from Infantile Paralysis, or New Motherhood Gone Bad
Kathy from The Junk Drawer
Scarlet from Another Day in Paradise

So there you have it - all my peeps that I know of. PLEASE let me know if I've accidentally left you off and I'll add you immediately.

What started off as a whim 2 years ago has now become an important part of my life today. And all because of you, I'm sure I'll be right back here again this time next year, which leads me right back around to why I wrote this post in the first place - to share with you, acknowledge you, and most of all...
thank you!


Anonymous said...

Yes! snuck in under the line at number twenty most frequent commenter. Result!

I'll be watching my mail for a prize.

Happy blogiversary

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary and I am so glad Karl hooked us up! Or was it Dave? So many men, so little time.

Anonymous said...

Hee! I'm a frequent commenter!

Yay for me!

Oh and happy blah-blah-blah. What was it? The anniversary of the day you bought a bicycle or something? I wasn't really paying attention I just was kind of paging down until I saw ME. And you know how I get when I see me.

Me, me, me.

Unknown said...

Hey, happy 2nd blogiday! As you know, my son just turned two as well, so I'm guessing your blog is into just about everything, and maybe sometimes still doesn't like to go to bed at night.

Dave2 said...

And a very happy second anniversary to you!

Whit said...

Congrats. It's been the best 6 months of my life!

Julie Pippert said...

Happy blogiversary!

And I like distilling data into meaning...or rather, I like it when other people do. :)

You linked me! Wowza!

And look at all those new blogs to peruse!


Using My Words

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary! What a great idea (and thanks for the linky love).

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Jeff! I'm proud to have JUST made your list. You have a great blog going. I'm here to stay.

And regarding your recent comment, I'd be happy to start a chapter of the Noises that Drive Me Insane support group. We could conduct our meetings in a sound-proof room :)

Caron said...

Happy Anniversary!

I'm not sure how I ran across your blog, but, it's always good to find cool people in the backyard. (I live in St Cloud too!)

Ed said...

Happy blogiversary! If I comment 214 more times to this post, will I make the top 20?

Heather said...

Wow, I'm the top commenter huh? Well that just proves it doesn't it? I have no life!

Congrats on 2 years of rambling!

Amie Adams said...

You travel in terrific circles--and many new ones to me. I'm glad to have found you.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

COOOL! I have so much to check out when the winter hits now! :) You can just keep calling me "Stepping". Will email you with the rest.

yoo hoo said...

You make turning on the computer an adventure. I'm am so glad to be part of the "action". I LOVE your blog and think you'd be a hoot and a goof in real person time....and that's a good thing

Elizabeth said...

Happy Anniversary! Your blog is on my bookmarks and I make it part of my tour everyday.

Anonymous said...

Happy blogging aniversary, Jeff! Two years, wow! That's an accomplishment.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for listing me as one of your new friends. I appreciate it!

Gale said...

My goodness that was all very mathmetical and methodical, so organized. I am impressed, but must leave to go read who else has been hanging out with me.
Congratulations on your knee slapping anniversary type thing a ma jig!!!

*lynne* said...

LoL Jeff, I don't want to know how much time you spent compiling the data for this post, but hey, I enjoyed seeing proof of someone who can be just as freaky anal as I am sometimes :-) Happy 2nd blogiversary!!

Mooselet said...

OMG!!! I can't believe I made the cut!!! I'd like to thank the Academy...

Oh, it's not that kind of award? Well drat. So I guess you don't want to hear the rest of my speech...

Congrats on 2 years. Having just had my own, I know it's quite an accomplishment. Here's to many more.

yellojkt said...

I'm very impressed and more than a little jealous of the wide number of commenters you have. Send some my way.

btw, how did you compile the stats?

Miss Laurence said...

Joyeux anniversaire in French ! ;-)

You are my twin brother of blog ! :-D That's very cool !

I am happy that I am one of your friends... because you are too one of me friends ! :-)))

Happy Anniversary Jeff !

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS! As with everything you do, it's always perfect! I get to laugh everyday. Keep up the good work.
(and dad get's to do some of his writing, too. It's a voice for so many!)
Great job-sis

Sandy said...

Right back at you friend!

Honestly, no other blog makes me laugh harder than yours. So keep it up...and keep the fish-in-the-pool/man-soap/fly-brownie stories coming.

Anonymous said...

You have proven that the world has a lot of great people. I salute both you and your blogger family!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, two years is a monumental accomplisment! Thank you for the mention in your milestone post. I am new but I will be back.

Anonymous said...

I guess I don't have to tell you how much I love reading your blog, but I'll tell you anyway!!! It's like the "funest" part of my day! Thanks for 2 years of enjoyment!

Mom Thumb said...

Hey, I made it on two of your lists, I feel honored! Happy Blogoversary!

Avitable said...

Congrats and happy blogiversary.

G said...

Okay I'll admit I groaned when I read statistics. Can I be your friend!?

Happy Blogaversary - enjoy it. Oh and I'm here to accept on behalf of Neva from Central Snark :)

deborah said...

Aaawwwww - happy blogiversary. So do we all get some kind of little award sent on our blog, too? A little cloud motif? or something/

Been having fun getting to know you - even if you do remind me of a very strange anal retentive someone I used to be. strange, how you put all that together.

wayabetty said...

AHHH, CONGRATS to you Jeff! I've so enjoyed reading about you and your family.

BTW, I'll be looking for that 20 bucks in the mail soon. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy, joy, joy!

2 years. Cool. Of course, your stats remind me that I need to comment more... good job :)

Also, if I recall, when I first discovered you 9 months ago, you were making grand pronouncements about giving up on blogging. Or, "taking a break" as my ex-girlfriends used to call it.

Glad I could knock some sense into you...

Anonymous said...

holy did a lot of work for this post, I am most impressed. Now I have some odds and probabilities to spoil the mood...what are the odds that Jeff will keep blogging for another 2 years AND break both his legs?

but Momma said...

I am TOTALLY impressed!

Happy Blogiversay to you too!
My husband is a frequent lurker as well. Now we have a neat little list of folks to go check out!

Anonymous said...

Clever way to get both you and your blogger friends to get more readers.

Ashley Lasbury said...

I made the first two lists....I am so cool!!!

Seriously Jeff, Keep doing what you're doing. Making us laugh, think and laugh some more. As my life leaves me with less and less time to write and read blogs, VftC remains one of the places I continue to visit on a regular basis. Love you.

Happy Blogversary

The Egel Nest said...

Happy Blogiversary...thanks for the mention :)

The Egel Nest

bon bon said...

hey! a mention! now i feel bad for not having a clone who can take over all my online activities that i'm letting fall by the wayside.

thanks for being one of my three, count 'em, THREE regulars! (in your face, one to two comment getters!)

happy anniversary, fellow midwesterner!

Avery Gray said...

Happy Anniversary! I just found your site, but maybe I'll make next year's list! ;o)

Anonymous said...

SO VERY SORRY to have missed this momentous occasion, Jeff! Congrats on -- what i can only imagine to have been (what with my "newer reader" status, and all) -- 2 SPECTACULAR YEARS!

Believe me when i tell you i am happy and honored to have made your acquaintance, and more than a little hopeful our friendship will last well beyond our days as "blogging buddies". you are one special and wonderful (not to mention funny) fellow, and it's been terrific getting to know you and your family over these past few months!

blog on, Harmonica Man, blog on! : ) xox

robkroese said...

You're welcome! And happy blogiversary!