Y’all helped me to set a new record this month – I went over 900,000 hits in one month a little earlier today. Nine Hundred Thousand. Holy crap. Granted, those aren’t unique hits meaning that 900,000 different people didn’t see this site, more than likely it was the same 137 people staying up all night hitting the refresh button just to screw with my mind.
It’s a labor of love – it must be seeing as donations have dropped off to almost nothing since I retired even though I’m spending more and more time doing this. I’ve gone from about 9 posts a day during the week when I was working a full time job to sometimes 20 or 30 a day 7 days a week now. And while it only takes maybe 20 minutes a day to schedule picture posts, I figure I spend a good 2-3 hours a day compiling material to post between news, history and pics and that’s without me actually writing anything – factor in another hour for anything I do write. At least one hour – some posts I’ve worked on for several days a little at a time before I hit the ‘publish’ button. No, I’m not trying to guilt anybody into anything – like I said, it’s a labor of love. The friendships I’ve made and the interactions I’ve had, both online and personal, since I started doing this make it all worthwhile. The support and encouraging words that y’all have shown Lisa and I as well as other folks in time of need is just absolutely incredible. It really put my faith back into mankind and that alone makes it worth it in my eyes.
And when I just now went to my actual blog to check my sidebar counter for the combined hits for this blog and Knuckledraggin Pt I, I see that sometime last night I went over 41 million hits in 8 years of doing this. That’s so mind boggling I’m not even going to comment on it.
It’s been an evolving process over the years, changing as I’ve changed. Even when I was posting a lot of III Percenter stuff, I still kept more humorous posts than anything else. I refuse to let myself be all doom and gloom about anything and I wasn’t going to force that crap down anybody else’s throat either. There’s plenty of other sites out there that you can go to if that’s your thing.
I may die when TSHTF, but at least I’ll die with a grin on my face.
So what’s the big secret to my success, you ask?
I don’t know. I haven’t got a clue. Regardless of what anybody claims, it’s not the hotties I post first thing in the morning. Matter of fact, here’s a screenshot of my top ten posts of the day – the Good Morning Girl isn’t even mentioned.
I just dug down a little deeper and saw that the Good Morning Girl post is at #19 with some posts from yesterday more popular than that is. Huh, I didn’t think she was that ugly.
So yeah, I don’t know what the deal is but I must be doing something right. Hopefully in a few months I’ll hit that magical and elusive One Million in One Month mark. We’ll have a party or something.