This is the 500th post I've written for this blog since I began publishing it on December 27, 2004. And sometime this week, the SiteMeter odometer in my sidebar will turn over to 50,000. That number represents actual visits, not "visitors", as the graphic claims, although I do have the counter configured so that you won't be counted more than once in any 24-hour period. (My own visits are never logged.)
Fifty thousand visits isn't a terribly meaningful number. It could indicate that one person has visited on that many separate days. Except that I haven't been blogging for 50,000 days. It might mean that 50,000 people have come here one time each. Except that I know my sister stops by fairly often. So the number of actual warm bodies that have clicked over to this blog lies somewhere between one and 50,000. Too bad we can't know where in between.
Now I suppose you're wondering why I bother posting the visitors total since it's an essentially meaningless number. Well, I'm hoping you'll see "50,000 visitors" in just over a year's time and be like, Wow. She's clearly a popular blogger. I should tell my friends about her.
At least, I hope you'll be like, Wow. But maybe you won't, now that I've explained all this. Still, 500 posts and 50,000 visits impresses me. Which is why I'm blogging about this today.
The blogisphere is a big place, and I'm very much aware that there are myriad bloggers out there who are smarter and funnier and prettier than me. But not one of them appreciates their readers more than I appreciate mine. Trust me on that.
So thanks, everybody, for reading No rules. Just write. You make blogging fun.
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