Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Halfway there?

It happens this week

My hit-rate on Halfway There has gradually drifted up from last year's fairly steady 200 per day to this year's approximately 300. I'm not certain why the numbers creep upward, but it's fun to see that they do. It intrigues me to think that each day I have readers from around the world. They come from such places as Canberra, Singapore, Cork, Seville, Sydney, Wellington, Stockholm, London, and Fresno, to cite just a few of the exotic locations listed on Sitemeter's roster of recent visitors.

And now I'm approaching 500,000 in total visits to my blog since it was launched in 2005. (If only I had a nickel for each visit!) Given the rate of visits, the milestone will be achieved in the next day or two.

Half a million visits in six years? How long will it take to hit one million?

Addendum

What a let-down! I was looking at the Sitemeter report on visit 499,998 (which was someone from Auckland) and anticipating the arrival of the half-millionth visitor when a sudden surge of hits caused me to miss the tick of the counter to 500,000. It hit 500,002 before I could blink. Damn!

But not to worry, I could check the details to see who it was. And ... drum roll ... bleah. It was just an invasion of googlebots. Visits 499,999, 500,000, 500,001, and 500,002 were all from googlebots in Mountain View. They were visiting the posts titled “Chains of gold,” “Universal Experts,” “The Obama-Heinz Incident,” and “Ten Percent of One Million.” Why? Beats me! I suppose it was all part of Google's “Don't be evil” campaign.

A real person finally showed up as visitor 500,003. Hello there, Lubbock, Texas! What kept you?

29 comments:

Exl Blogger said...

Congratulations! (Really!)

Kaleberg said...

Congratulations! (Really!)

Snoof said...

Hey, I'm one of your Sydney hits! And congratulations.

ods15 said...

Israel!

Also, I rarely enter your website, only view it through google reader. does that count?

gary said...

You can add exotic Stockton, Ca to the list too. Good blogging is hard to come by, so job well done.

Codger said...

Old Chinese proverb. Write an interesting blog and they will come,

Anonymous said...

Half a million visits in six years? How long will it take to hit one million?

Do we have to show our work? I read your blog to hear about your quizzes, not to actually take one.

Seriously, though, congratulations on your growing popularity

ShadowWalkyr said...

As long as you're asking, you might as well ask big. Ten bucks for each visit would go over well.

Uri said...

Another Israeli reader.

Keep up the good work! Hopefully by the time your book comes out I'll have some sort of ereader thing, looking forward to reading it.

Kathie said...

I realize I live nowhere exciting, but what about our amigo in Valencia?

Zeno said...

ShadowWalkyr is right: Why settle for being an imaginary millionaire if you can be an imaginary billionaire?

Kathie, I'm sure that our amigo in Valencia will chime in at some point and demonstrate anew the global reach of my fabulous blog.

And maybe I shouldn't let Fresno stand by itself in representing all of the visitors from the United States. I could include Stockon! Or even Pittsburgh. (Is Pittsburgh the Fresno of the East?)

Thanks to everybody for the good wishes. I'm certain the Sitemeter tally will click past 500,000 within the next 24 hours.

Disturbingly Openminded said...

133 to go!

Congrats, Zeno.

Zeno said...

Visitors continue to pour in from around the globe:

Buenos Aires
Dublin
Hong Kong
Kawasaki
Kharkov
New Delhi
Paris
Vienna

Say, have you ever noticed that "blog" is just "globe" spelled sort of backward? Yeah. Scary! (Don't worry about the "e". It's silent.)

Kathie said...

Pittsburgh has been designated multiple times as, ahem, America's Most Livable City -- an appellation unlikely to attach to Fresno or even Clovis, let alone [fill in the blank]!

Zeno said...

Fresno has an unfair disadvantage in the competition to be considered America's Most Livable City. Several of my family members live there. ;-)

Deep Blue said...

Hey Boss, don't forget to send some of that imaginary money my way, for all the times I've checked out your blog under pseudonyms from exotic locales. You do understand that I actually have to *travel* to those places in order for them to show up on Sitemeter? Let me know when you want to hit that magical one million! It's the least I can do for your birthday.

Dines said...

Some of us cheat! I bet you see me as American, but I am actually from Denmark! I have to do a couple of browser hacks in order to get access to Comedy Central's TV shows!

Congratulations on the success!

Zeno said...

Cheaters (especially from Denmark) are welcome on my blog.

(Just not in my classes!)

Kathie said...

Zeno, my favorite second cousin lives in Fresno, but as lovely a person as she is, that still doesn't redeem the town. Neither can friends in Tulare and Bakersfield redeem those jurisdictions either.

Theo Bromine said...

Hey, you left Canada out! And I even have a cat named Zeno (he always runs to get where he's going, probably because he is worried that otherwise he might never get there).

Karen said...

Zeno, I suspect I register from Vallejo, CA (since my nephew, er, ISP provider, is located there); but you are read in Silicon Valley.

drmathochist said...

@Kathie and what, pray tell, is wrong with New Orleans? While I was getting punted unceremoniously from one university to another, that was by far the best place I lived.

Zeno said...

Who said anything about New Orleans?

Butch Pansy said...

Greetings from the Whine Country: Slow-noma County, CA. Santa Rosa calls itself "the City Designed For Living," but I pronounce it "leaving." Still, it's not Fresno. Thanks for being readable.

Anonymous said...

I have been a follower of your blog since I first discovered it some years ago. I live in Redhill UK (probably show as London on your stats). I am surprised that a blog of this quality has such few hits.

drmathochist said...

My mistake. My eyes must be going already; reading "TulaRe as TulaNe". One too many hurricanes, I guess...

Ed Darrell said...

I get more hits than you do, but you get a much better grade of commenter (current comment excepted). You should take some satisfaction in that, I think. I'll wager your influence is much deeper and more broad than mine.

Congrats. I'll see if I can't make it a point to send readers your way. Good writers should have a larger audience.

Smart writers should, too. Two counts in your favor.

Keep it up.

Zeno said...

Thanks for your kind comments, Ed. (Extremely kind.)

João Paulo said...

Valencia chiming in demonstrating anew the global reach of your fabulous blog!!!! Actually this post caught me in Lisbon hence the delay in the answer and a total new level of fabulousness.

Zeno, you know I'm a big fan of your writing and I hope you never get tired of it. That way we'll keep on enjoying your posts about your family, your students, politics, creationism, and whatever you want.

Apart from congratulating you on the absolute success of 500,000 hits FROM AROUND THE GLOBE (Fresno included) I totally agree with Ed. You have a regular set of readers that participate and comment which I'm sure makes you feel rewarded. Having a lot of hits is nice (of course) but having readers that are so interested in what you write that actually take the time to comment about it is even better. I’m sorry Ed but Z wins!

Muitos parabéns e espero que o milhão de visitas seja alcançado muito em breve. Tu mereces.

Um grande abraço