10,003 Posts, Pages and Comments

Ten thousand and three. That’s an interesting number. My blog has passed the 10,000 mark for combined:

Posts (articles I’ve posted),

Pages (stuff in the menu bar),

Comments (dialog).

According to the SiteMeter counter I’ve gotten 2,367,064 visitors here on SugarMtnFarm.com blog. The number is actually a bit higher than that as I’ve found over the years from watching my server logs that SiteMeter misses some hits. Even so, that’s a lot. Roughly 400,000 a year or about 1,000 a day.

Funny how these things creep up on you. It doesn’t feel like six years. Well, it’s not, quite. That would be on August 25th. I wrote my first post on that day in 2005. Before that I wrote articles just on my web sites, in discussion groups, Usenet, newsletters and various magazines.

Speaking of magazines, for over a decade I published Flash Magazine which was a glossy, full-color paper magazine about… drum-roll… desktop publishing. Of all the things to publish about! That got up to a circulation of about 112,000. I must say I do not miss the days of print publishing. It was interesting but the web and ebooks are so much better for periodical publishing. I had tried to make the jump to electronic publishing a decade ago before the technology was really ready. Didn’t make it but I was ready to move on.

There are some drawbacks to ebooks such as the issue of DRM wars and format wars that are going on between Amazon, Apple and the publishers. But that is really a sideshow. Stick to HTML, text, jpg and PDF and you don’t have to deal with them. For a while I used Blogger, which was pretty good but I’ve been using WordPress now for years and am very happy with it for the blogging component. It is an open platform and exportable so I feel secure about my data. For those not wanting to get their fingers wet with server management there is the free WordPress.com system. The price and quality are both right.

There is the feeling of holding a paper book in one’s hand that might be missed. However for a magazine is that really necessary? Most of them get thrown away. The cost is horrendous. The waste obscene. I love being able to archive documents electronically and the search ability is a blessing.

Publishing an issue of the Flash Magazine was an intense effort. It took so much work, and cost, we could only do it quarterly to every two months. With publishing on the web, e.g., a blog, I can write an article any time I feel like it. And the time from writing to publishing is cut down dramatically as well making it possible to do actual news.

The web is really great because I can edit. I can fix errors. No matter how hard we proofed there were always a couple of typos in each issue of the Flash. But with my blog I can fix those typos. In fact, since is interactive readers can alert me to errors. Then things can be updated to reflect changes.

With digital publishing I don’t have to print an extra 5,000 copies for future back issues. I can send out a new copy at any time because anyone can simply visit the web page. That saves resources.

I can reach a much broader audience at almost no cost, energy usage or resource cost. Paper publishing used enormous amounts of paper, ink, film, boxes, labor, transportation and was intensely expensive. It cost us around $50,000 an issue to print the Flash Magazine. On the other hand, ebooks, the web, blogs and such are almost free to publish and have almost no waste – recycle your electrons!

Ah, the good new days! I like it when technology, innovation, actually makes things better.

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7 Responses to 10,003 Posts, Pages and Comments

  1. Jingle says:

    I agree with you about the waste involved with magazine publishing. One item that bothers me about e-publishing is words, sentences, and ideas can and are changed in a flash and on a whim. Responsibility and longevity of what one writes is now very questionable. On paper, the writer is held accountable for his words and thoughts. In the electronic realm I see the disturbing trend of writers changing what becomes “inconvenient” after publication. JMHO…..

    Love you blog, wished I lived closer to try your tasty pork!


    • You’re right. That can be an issue. There is Google Cache, the Internet Archive Way-Back-Machine, saved to disk copies and other ways of documenting it. So in reality there is an extensive trail of creation and edits. Some people will [can] use the HTML strikeout to indicate edits. My policy is that for stuff that doesn’t matter historically (like fixing a typo and the like) I just correct it. If it matters to the discussion then I like to put a parenthetical or sometimes strike out to indicate the editing. Other times I’ll and a blockquote with an Upodate and the date of the update. It all depends on how extensive the edit is. Some warrant a whole new post.

  2. I truly enjoy your blog and admire how you live.

  3. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Congratulations, Walter. Your cumulative writings are the best land-based stuff I’ve ever seen. Agree with you on e publishing, in terms of ease and environmental impact, but resisting it myself, for my fiction, because I have always wanted to see my own work on library shelves. e-Books are easy, but there are so many with no merit, because that media lacks the filtering of agents and publishers, the negative feedback of the market. It’s a frustrating process; I’m just going through it for that little western I e mailed you a while ago. Agents are self-absorbed barriers to publishers, but the concept of having someone else selling while one is writing/living/exploring is irresistable.

    Gloating: First salad from the garden today, mesclun mix, lettuces and radishes. The local oat and rye crop is being baled as I keyboard. Have your glaciers receded yet?

    • You are just terrible, David! You tempt us with greenery. Yes, the glaciers have receded but we are faced with a thousand years before there will be plant life here. Oh, wait, is that a sprig of grass I see? Ah!

  4. You blog born on August 25th? Me too! :-)

  5. Johan van der Merwe says:

    Well done Walter and family!

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