On a whim, I decided to check up on my Analytics just now. Holy cow, my numbers have gone up!
I don't want to go into too much detail, because it's after midnight and I need to go to bed, but the thing that shocked me the most was HOLY COW for the first time ever, my returning visitors outnumber my new visitors! That means people (you! you lovely people!) are actually reading what I'm writing and Coming Back For More! Wow. I can't tell you what that means to me. I mean, I know I'm not some big celebrity, and there aren't millions of people reading or anything, but it's kind of exciting to know that 53.53% of readers are returning to the site. Whoever you are, I feel all excited and flattered and silly. My bounce rate is down too, so maybe you're actually sticking around to read other posts? And you're spending an average of 20 seconds more on the site than you were back in Jan/Feb. So that's cool.
Also, 504 unique visits from July 20-August 19? Helloooo! Back in the Jan-Feb month, I only had 216 unique visits (and at the time, that was thrilling). I don't know who all of you people are, but HELLO OUT THERE!
I am averaging 30 visits a day...which brings me to something I've been meaning to bring up for a long time. Who are you, lurkers? Come out of hiding! Or don't - I certainly read plenty of blogs without commenting. But if you are reading this, and you have never left a comment, and you're feeling a little bold tonight, please let me encourage you to do so. I am positively tickled that there are actually people reading this thing, and I'm curious to see who you are!
I've "met" some fabulous people through this blog world over the last few years, and cultivated some truly wonderful friendships. I would love to "meet" more of you!
I've been thinking of doing some sort of reader contest, inspired by Shannalee (omg thank you for the cookies, they arrived today, they are delicious and will be getting their own post yum yum yum), so maybe be on the lookout for that...bribery? Naw...