Today is my sixth birthday as a blogger! Normally these days I would use Twitter and Facebook for such a brief message, but it is after all blog-related.
Here also are the latest pics of an Aard reader wearing one of the blog t-shirts (order here). Andrew Broome is a culinary engineer based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He comments on the pic below that the spot is “probably as far away from you as it’ll ever get, short of being sent into space” — Bluff, SNZ is the southernmost town in the country. Thanks Andrew! I really want to go to NZ.
Dear Reader, keep those comments and t-shirt/mug pics coming!
Update next day: Here are my annual traffic stats (mean uniques).
- 2006: 157 daily readers
- 2007: 852 daily readers
- 2008: 937 daily readers
- 2009: 714 daily readers
- 2010: 1005 daily readers
- 2011: 906 daily readers (updated on 1 Jan.)
The figure for 2011 should be seen against the background that in early August, the overall hit rate for the entire ScienceBlogs network dropped almost by half because the Pharyngulites left. Pharyngula is still available on Sb, but it’s a sanitised subset of PZ’s feed, missing the aggressive anti-religion material that our new Overlords can’t condone. Consequently, the casual spillover traffic from Pharyngula to other Sb blogs has shrunk dramatically. I don’t mind much, since I mainly care about attracting and keeping a regular readership.