By the standards of a major website, this isn’t a big deal, but it’s a very big deal to me that this site has now had more than a million visitors since it started five years and one week ago.
I wasn’t sure what I intended this to be when I launched and it has definitely evolved through several stages. I’ve published 1,418 articles — not all of which I still agree with, because my own thoughts about what’s important have changed over the years. I’ve elected to leave everything from the past, even the things I wish I hadn’t written, because they show a lot about my own evolution. I haven’t been writing as much for the last six months to a year, but I have a feeling I’ll return to writing more eventually.
According to Google Analytics, I’ve had visitors from 224 countries in five years. When I used to write more about U.S. politics, my readership was about 75 percent American, but slightly more than half of my current traffic comes from outside the United States. Having readers from all over the world makes me happy.
Texas has sent more readers than any other U.S. state, followed closely by California and New York. After the U.S., most of my readers come from Great Britain, Canada, India and Australia. Of non-English-speaking countries, Germany sends the most readers.
I don’t know what I’ll make of the site in the future, but the first five years have been memorable for me. There are still billions of people who’ve never heard of me, so I have a long way to go. Still, this is a nice milestone to hit.
Thanks to everybody who has visited at some point and been one of those first million readers. I appreciate you.