About a year into writing Appellation Mountain, I stopped checking the site’s stats. I’d become a bit obsessed with it, wondering why I wasn’t doing better than so-and-so, or worried that I wasn’t ranking higher in search engines.
Then I stopped looking … and you kept reading, and telling your friends. I can still see a summary of total visits on the dashboard, and I glance at it now and again, content that there are more and more people finding their way here.
Thursday evening I noticed that hits were trending upward – fast, and I mean Brangelina-surprise-adoption fast. When I clicked through, I realized it was because tct1219 had mentioned me on The Bump’s community forum about baby names. That ordinary day brought more traffic here than any guest post at Nameberry or celeb name announcement.
It is humbling to read complimentary reviews of your site, and I truly, truly appreciate each and every one of them, on The Bump and elsewhere. But what I most appreciate is that you visit here, share your thoughts, and suggest your favorites to be profiled as Names of the Day.
So whether this is your first visit or you’ve been reading since 2008, I sincerely thank you for being here! I was name-mad before blogs existed, but it so very much fun to share my obsession.