The last time we celebrated something related to the blog was on 16th Aug 2006, reaching a technorati ranking under 10,000. In the last few days we had two wonderful events that call for a small celebration and big thanks.
Both events have to do with the number 1,000. Ain’t that interesting.
The first milestone is perhaps the most special milestone, bar none. We got the one thousandth comment on the blog just a couple of hours ago.
I am thrilled beyond belief. I had never ever imagined that I would get even a hundred comments, much less a thousand comments in less than nine months of blogging.
100% credit for this goes to all of you wonderful people who have chosen to engage in a conversation with me and all the other readers. My heart felt thanks to you.
When people ask me how I have time to blog (I don’t) my answer is that it is the conversation with you that motivates me (an average of 12 comments per post). Notice also in the above image that you have contributed just as many words on the blog as I have!
The very first comment I received was not on this blog, it was on a test blog where I was practicing blogging. I have no idea how Adrien found that test blog but here is his comment:
May 12th, 2006 at 17:15
Hello Avinash !
Thank you for everything, i’m so excited that i found your blog !
I should be the only one who listen your voodoo podcast 20 times ! (I live in Paris, eMetrics is sooooo far away)
Congratulations for everything. :)
Thank you again for this blog,
Adrien from Paris, France
The first comment on this blog was by Jeremiah Owyang:
May 15th, 2006 at 12:02
Welcome to the blogosphere Avinash, although you are amongst the 39 million, you’ve tipped the blogosphere in our favor. We’re very honored to have your opinions, expertise and knowledge shared among the collective
Welcome –and enjoy your blogging journey
Jeremiah was right, it has been a fantastic and immensely enjoyable journey thus far.
The one thousandth comment was from my peer blogger and friend Justin Cutroni:
February 13th, 2007 at 19:42
Regarding Item # 5:
One last thing on cookies, please be aware that IE 6 limits the number of cookies to 20 per domain.
I believe this is a browser issue, not just an IE issue. So the 20 cookie limit also applies to Firefox and, I would assume, Safari.
(Justin: I think that might not be right. Firefox does not have the 20 cookie per domain limitation, not sure about Safari.)
The second 1,000 milestone is equally surprising, to me atleast.
On Feb 7th Occam’s Razor feed subscription hit the 1,000 number.
I am not sure why I am surprised at this. It might be that I never imagined that of the population using RSS that there would be that many so interested in web analytics that they would subscribe to some random blog (out of fifty million out there, there is certainly lots good content out there).
Since I am a analytics guy (ok ok, nerd) I have to post the image with the trend that shows the growth in subscribers (i.e. you all) :
That spike you see at the start is the “digg effect”, the result of of one of the posts being on the the home page of digg.com. So digg is good for a day or two but after that it is back to normal and earning subscribers is a long hard slog, one subscriber at a time.
In closing I want thank all of you for your support and encouragement. Both of these “one thousand” metrics are a result of your engagement and I am deeply appreciative. Gracias!!
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