Tomorrow, September 12, marks the one-year anniversary of VarmintBites. Wow. When I started this blog, I didn’t expect to generate a lot of interest, and I didn’t even think I’d stay with it for very long, but it’s been a ton of fun and I’ve received a lot of great feedback. I’ll be celebrating the anniversary by introducing a new series of stories. Details to come tomorrow, but I think it will be interesting for you (think “new restaurant”).
Let me display my narcissism and spout off some facts about the site.
First, the most viewed topic on the site is about fried chicken. Chocolate gravy, biscuits and peanut butter and banana cake are also in the top 20. The top three search terms that lead people to this site (other than terms such as “varmint bites”) are “fried chicken,” “chocolate gravy” and “biscuits.” You folks like your Southern food (I knew I had a smart audience).
You also like restaurant information. Stories about The Mint and Poole’s Downtown Diner rank 2nd and 4th, respectively. However, there are 4 different stories about The Mint in the top 20. I guess the controversy I started helped with my traffic, but I assure you that wasn’t my intent.
I don’t get a ton of traffic with my most personal stories, but then, I write those for me more than anything else.
I’ve had a lot of readers from across the world, but I’m pretty popular in Singapore for some reason.
I’ve received several offers to add my blog to networks where I could make a ton of money ( yeah, right — I could make a whopping $50 a month).
I’ve published 189 posts (190 counting this one). That means that I posted something new a little bit more frequently than every other day. There have been 1208 comments, or over 7 comments for each post (and I’ve deleted about a dozen additional comments). Of course, I’ve also had over 3,000 spam comments, but the wonderful WordPress software catches those.
If you Google “varmintbites” you end up with over 10,000 hits. That boggles the neurons, for sure.
So, happy anniversary to me, but more importantly, thank you for making this so much fun. It’s been a blast, and I look forward to a second year.
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