Two Million Visitors Mark

Upper Pond Panorama – Cottage, Harp & Mountains

My farm blog has broken the two million visitor mark this past week. I am amazed. This blog had hit one million visitors back in September 2008. In the middle of May 2010 it hit the 3,000,000 page view mark. I suspect that a lot of visits and views between then and now have not gotten counted because of my moving from Blogger to WordPress causing some confusion in the stats counter so this milestone birthday is rather approximate.

Statistics as of today according to the counter:

3,081,028 page views on 2,014,776 visits averaging 1.5 pages per visit.

1,013 posts with 7,174 comments averaging 7.08 comments per posts.

I love the comments – the interaction is part of what makes the writing so much fun. Comments are what sets a blog apart from static web pages. They are like letters to the editor in the ancient days of paper and ink publishing yet with more dynamism.

These are remarkable milestones only possible in this modern day of the internet. We are blessed with being able to reach out and around the world. The internet gives us access to a world of information and people such that even those of us way out in rural areas have the equivelant of urban university libraries at our finger tips. The connection of people who can share experience is wonderful.

In related news my blog has passed half a million visitors. Also amazing for such a small fringe topic. After all, it’s not like everyone needs to eat. :)

Daisy, Daisy*

Katya sniffing daisies at the beach with pigs grazing in the background. This photo is from the opposite angle as the panorama above. Two years ago Hope and I gathered seeds from wild daisies and blackeyed susans in the fields. We scattered the seeds all around the cottage and upper pond. We now are covered in flowers! The new blog header is a selection of daisies over by the piano harp.

Hanno the Explorer

This year we’ll harvest the seeds from this crop and spread them up the mountain on the newly cleared pastures. Fantastical fields of flowers. The hills are alive with flowers and music – at least that of our guitars, flutes, recorders, old piano harp, the birds and the wind punctuated by the occasional pig vocalization.

Some other remarkable things about web publishing is the short cycle from writing to publishing, the ability to edit and fix errors and the vastly lowered cost of publishing. Holly and I published a full-color technical magazine in the computer industry during the 1980 and 1990’s (Flash Magazine, 10 years, circ: 112,000). It took three months to produce an issue from start to finish – design, write, illustrate, photograph, layout, proof, film, proof, plates, proof, print and distribution through the mail to subscribers as well as to newsstands. Once printed it was static – no more editing, no fixes and there are always one or too typos. The cost was enormous at almost $50,000 per issue just for production with us doing almost all the work. Coupled with the lower cost of publication on the web is a dramatic reduction in resource consumption – publishing online simply does not use as much gasoline, plastic, paper, silver, toxic chemicals, time or other resources. It is also much easier to archive and search old issues that are stored digitally. If I were publishing the Flash Magazine today I would do it on the web, on the iPad and other ereaders. It just makes so much sense.

Outdoors: 69°F/45°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 72°F/68°F

Daily Spark:
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do,
I’m half crazy all for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage –
I can’t afford a carriage,
But you’d look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

* The IBM 704 was the first computer to sing. Daisy, Daisy was the song and she did it the year I was born.

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9 Responses to Two Million Visitors Mark

  1. Michelle says:

    I love that old song, my Mother In Law used to sing it to the kids when they were babies.

  2. Janic says:

    I love the panorama of the pond but why the harp? And why o why is it painted green! Will you give us a tour of your cottage some time here on your blog?

  3. karl omelay says:

    funny, I published a magazine during the 90’s titled Axcess. Full color glossy 70k distribution. We were voted the best new mag of the year by library journal. i forgot the year.. twaz another life.


    • Neat! Isn’t it funny how our lives have segments. I read in the paper about people who do the same thing for 50 years, get the gold watch, retire and die. Not my path. Instead I’ve several overlapping adventures. In time I get done with one and move on. Admittedly I have always been working towards where I am now and where I’m going – owning land, homesteading and farming. I just knew it was going to take a lot of money to buy the land I wanted, even back in the 1980’s when we got it, so I did other things to get the ball rolling. I think that is fairly common for people like you and I as I have run into many other folks who’ve done the same. In fact I just met another couple today with a similar path.

  4. Marie says:

    On the way home from dinner tonight, my husband and I passed a couple on a tandem bike. Naturally, I launched into this song. Then I get home and check your blog, and there it is… How very odd…

    Congrats on the milestone – here’s to many more!

  5. Anni says:

    I love these posts with glimpses of your farm. I too would love to have another tour post. Maybe a summer farm tour and then a cottage tour. Also how is your big project coming along. The butchershop?

  6. Judy says:

    Was looking at your clustermap and zoomed into my
    area Cornwall/Devon border in England, and there is
    only 1 tiny spot. That must be me, I look at your blog
    nearly every morning. :-) I do the same as you on 26
    acres, and you keep me up amongst the many intensive
    farmers who try to bring me down.

  7. Tom Stewart says:

    I started reading your Blog (from the begining) back in December! And I have learned so much! I even started my own Blog ( back in april. Not anywhere the number of hits as yours, but maybe some day. I have a small farm (3acres) and right now the only livestock I have are 5000 + red worms. But the next project will be chickens. Keep up the good work and I will be back!

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