Six years ago today on May 8, 2005, the first article was published on Phoenix Real Estate Guy.
It was not good.
Many more not-so-swift articles have followed.
Hopefully more goodness than suckage ensued in all the following years. That judgment will be left up to you oh avid reader.
I didn’t start using Google Analytics to track traffic to the blog until July 19, 2006, so I don’t know how many folks have stopped by here the past six years on their journeys around the Interwebs. I do know that since the day Analytics was installed, 2.2 million people have visited, viewing 5.8 million pages. I wish I could thank each and every one of those visitors, because without you, it would be difficult to put in the time and effort it takes to keep this place worthy of your valuable time.
It’s interesting (to me, in a geeky sort of way) to look back at the numbers from the early days that, to be frank, seems like a lifetime ago.
The first month of stats I have show an average daily visitor count of 61. Last month that number was 3,174.
This will be the 1,326 post to TPREG, for an average of one post every 1.65 days. Given there were only 39 articles published in all of Year 1, that’s not a bad rate. (Note to those just beginning your blogging journey, while quality counts far more than quantity, posting less than once per week in your first year isn’t the best way to build readership.)
It took a couple of months for the first comment arrive. “Stevie” left a comment on July 7, 2005 on the fifth post, Showing Homes in 108 Degree Heat. That post contains what is still one of my all-time favorite lines published here ”“ “I haven’t seen someone drink like that since my college roommate went on a three-day bender.”
Since Stevie’s comment, 21,198 others have chimed in here. Along with more than half a million spammers. I appreciate every single one of those comments ”“ the real ones, not the spammers. They can bite me. ”“ as you all contribute a great deal to the blog.
This little corner of the Internet has changed and morphed and grown up a lot over the last six years. It has been a labor of love. We’ve laughed, cried and shaken our heads in wonder and dismay. Thank you to all who have stopped by, I sincerely appreciate you. And it would be negligent of me to not extend a special and heartfelt thanks to my wife and kids. Granted, this is just a blog, it is simply words and code, but it takes a lot of time to hang around for six years, and the family takes the brunt of that. Without their support, none of this would be possible.
It will be interesting to see what the next six years brings”¦
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