As mentioned a year ago, October 2nd is both my wife’s birthday as well as the birthday of Fish & Bicycles. Out of sensitivity, I won’t reveal which birthday my wife celebrated yesterday, but I will proudly say that Fish & Bicycles turned two years old this year!
And, since my attention yesterday was appropriately devoted to my partner of 17 years — the centerpiece of which was a gift of some custom jewelry I had made for her by a friend, using the abalone shell I harvested back in May during AbaloneFest 2011 (more on that soon!) — I’d like to take a moment today to reflect on the past two years, the latest two of my seven-year-and-counting adventure as a blogger.
First, let’s go to the numbers:
- 664: Number of posts I’ve published since my inaugural entry, October 2nd, 2009.
- 19,689: Number of times Fish & Bicycles has been viewed by visitors.
- 191: Number of views on my busiest day to-date, December 16, 2009.
- 1,190: Number of views for the month of December, 2009.
- 3,408: Number of views during my busiest month, September 2011.
So, traffic is on the rise, with monthly visits to Fish & Bicycles having tripled just since July 2011, and I can’t thank everyone enough! It’s exciting and humbling at the same time.
My primary goal as a blogger is to maintain a regular creative practice, that I might enjoy that heavenly flow state, when inspiration seems so readily available, allowing me to express myself on a regular basis. It really is a kind of spiritual experience for me, and the fact that people come to see what I’m doing here is just the most delicious icing on an already delicious cake.
So, as I head into Fish & Bicycles‘s third year, I feel deep gratitude for everyone I’m lucky enough to call a reader, all of you, friends, family, acquaintances, neighbors, total strangers.