It occurs to me that this month marks a ten-year anniversary of sorts for this blog. I'm pretty sure that it was in September of 1997 that I began a little email list of things that caught my eye for members of the PBS New Technologies Committee which I was about to chair. The list grew by word of mouth and I soon had to host it on Topica.com to manage it. By the time I started this weblog in late 2003 -- largely to provide a discipline for me to keep up with my own reading -- it had grown to not quite 100 people. I overlapped the list and the blog for quite a while, but eventually that got to be too much like work, so I discontinued the mailing list (though you can now subscribe by email through the FeedBlitz option on the right).
This blog was originally hosted on Radio UserLand, but after a number of problems with slow posting, I moved it here to TypePad. Since moving here, there have been more than 3,300 posts. FeedBurner today estimated over 600 RSS and email subscribers for the first time -- a bit of a milestone. Though that loyal band is a small part of overall readership. Unique visitors were in the 6,000-7,000 per month range through February of this year, when for some reason it started growing, increasing to the 9,000-10,000 range through June, hitting nearly 14,000 in July and just over 18,000 in August. Can't tell any patterns, but by far most visitors here come through a search engine or a link from another blog. Interesting to me at least and perhaps typical of other blogs.
If you're one of the loyal types, many thanks for continuing to read this stuff! It's you that makes it worth spending a few hours each week doing this. --Dennis