A VERY MINOR MILESTONE
The internet is indeed a wondrous thing. After talking forever about creating a “marketplace of ideas,” the world finally did so. Now anyone who thinks their opinion has any value, can throw a few thoughts out into cyberspace and see if anyone agrees. It occurred to me that it might be cool to be a part of all that, but I quickly discovered that I had as much to say about the sorry manner in which the debate on autism was being conducted as I did on the substantive issues. I don’t think I’ve had much of an impact on either the debate or the way it is conducted, but somebody out there reads and either agrees or disagrees with what I write.
I installed Site Meter™ a week or so after getting the blog on-line about eight months ago, so it accounts for nearly all of the visitors I have had (those who came before the meter’s installation were part of what commerce usually calls a “soft opening”). Sunday night, around 10:22 p.m. CST, I passed a milestone: my 10,000th official visitor.
Ah, 10,000 hits . . . or as Orac calls it, a “slow week.” But what the heck, I just feel gratified to get any readers at all.
It occurs to me that I could get better numbers if I posted more frequently like some people do. But unfortunately I keep pretty busy between my job and doing my share of the child-care thing.
I have also noted that my numbers shoot way up when I post something that people find controversial. I guess most people love a good argument but frankly, I get enough of that on the job. Although I won’t shy away from a fight, I really don’t need to go looking for one. So I guess I have to be content with my relatively low number of visitors. I like to think I attract quality as opposed to quantity.
Here’s what I know about number 10,000. He or she logged on from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania (using, ugh, Internet Exporer), and stayed about two-and-a-half minutes. There was no referring page, listed, so he/she apparently knew his/her way to the site before this visit.
So, number 10,000, let me offer you my thanks, along with this laurel and hearty handshake. Please accept them on behalf of all the other people who stop by. Return when you will, and know that all are welcome to join in the discussion.