Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Numbers

Yesterday was a momentous day. You know how it's so cool when the car odometer turns over a really big number? Well, this week my Sitemeter went over 100,000.

Which would be kind of impressive, except I've been blogging for almost four years.

Yes, that's right, folks. Back in the stone age when I started blogging on my TRS-80, there was practically no one in the blogosphere. Well, except for early adopters like dooce, finslippy, Jen Lancaster, Melissa Summers, and the Daily Kos.

And now look how crowded the blogosphere has become. According to Technorati, every day the blogosphere (I swear that's the last time I use that word) welcomes 175,000 new blogs. And over 1.6 million posts per day.

It's like a Ponzi scheme of egomaniacal blathering. And yet, even with all this new competition, my hits continue to go up.

Yes, even without the steroid effect BlogExplosion produced when I joined in 2006 (and which completely jacked up my hits what with their Rent-My-Blog and Battle of the Blogs and all the other ways they've devised to get people to visit) more and more of you came by.

And of course, there are the people who are here for Christina Aguileras's butt crack, grotesque acrylic nails, shower dildos, and transvestite giraffes.

But you come. I mean, check out my numbers!

Oh, I know we're not supposed to talk about our hit counts. The same way we don't talk about our weight, bra size, and age, we don't talk about how many hits we get.

Well, "we" don't. But I do. Because basically, I have no shame.

So here you go: 178, 38DDD, and 51. But those numbers are just the beginning of my lack of boundaries! Check out these numbers:

On the last Monday of April, 2008, I had 173 hits.
On the last Monday of April, 2007, I had 74.
On the last Monday of April, 2006, I had 129. (Those are probably BlogExplosion hits.)
On the last Monday of April, 2005? I had four.

Now, am I impressed that it has taken me three years to go from four hits to 173? Of course not. Do I expect you to be impressed? No. But think about it. In the entire month of April, 2005, I got 167 hits. Now I get that in a day. This month I've had over 4,500 visitors.

These aren't "Woot! If I put ads on my blog, I'll sit back and watch the money roll in!" numbers.

But somehow it makes me really happy that I sit here typing in my drivel, and about a hundred and fifty of you show up every day to check it out.

So anyway, thank you. You are wonderful. And you have fabulous taste in on-line "literature." So let me know whether you'd like me to come up with something different--maybe pictures of Angelina's tattoos? Men who wear toenail polish? Just let me know. I've already admitted that I have no boundaries. I'm frank. I'm fearless. I like to think I'm funny. And when it comes to attracting readers? I'm a whore.

15 comments:

Sarah O. said...

Whoring is smart. Me? I haven't whored until recently and my numbers show it.

So, in the proud tradition of blog whoring, I hereby invite you, Poppy, to continue your fine job of sending people my way.

Oh yeah, anyone else reading this? Please visit! I'll reciprocate and even pimp you on my blog!

Gee, THAT didn't sound desperate or anything.

jenontheedge said...

Just keep doing what you do. That's all I ask.

And Sarah? I've linked to you before -- several times, in fact.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

You may have more actually. Sitemeter is notoriously inaccurate. As in LOW. It was very true for me!

Either way, congrats!

Lunch Buckets said...

uhmmmmm, I'm looking for information on the giraffe dildos?

blackbird said...

You ARE a whore.
And I luff you.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Congratulations!

Heather said...

To paraphrase Sally Fields...we like you, we really like you!

YourFireAnt said...

You forgot "interesting". You are interesting.

FA

Wendy said...

You're the funniest whore I know.

Ree said...

Someday you'll know that one of my proudest days ever was when you commented on my little ole' blog. Oh, I guess that day is today!

You're not only a funny whore, you're a freakin' hilarious whore.

KathyR said...

Screw the "hits." I'll pay you cash money to never mention or show men's feet on your blog. With or without nail polish.

--shudder--

Tress said...

This is the female blogger equivalent of "whipping it out", isn't it? It is, isn't it? Since we're comparing...hits, here's my number:

749!

Oh wait, that's pathetic.

Well, it's only been five months, so since we're whoring - someone come see me!!!

And Poppy, thankyouverymuch for your comment! SO good for my ego!

Mrs. Darling said...

Ive been blogging for 6 years. Yep I recall the days when I was one of a few. Congrats to you.

Cha Cha said...

There are a few numbers that Sitemeter doesn't track ... like the number of my workdays that have been bearable thanks to your blog. And really? I can't even count that high.

Thanks for sharing your writing!

Flea said...

Yes, but do you have ceramic cows?

Congratulations. :)

Me, myself, and I

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