diamond geezer

 Sunday, July 18, 2004

Hundreds and Thousands

Yes, it's true. diamond geezer's 100000th visitor is due to drop by late on Sunday evening or early Monday morning. It could be you. And I'm deeply humbled. I never thought when I started blogging that I'd ever get an audience, let alone a regular one. I have sufficient daily readers these days to fill a couple of carriages on a crowded rush hour tube train (which beats reading the Evening Standard any day). Although, viewed another way, my daily audience is lower than the population of a tiny Suffolk village, an insignificant site which few people in the rest of the world have ever heard of.

I say 100000th visitor, but what I actually mean is '100000th unique visitor registered by my stats tracking site' which is not the same thing at all. I have two different stats trackers which keep very different tallies of the number of visitors to my site. I suspect my main long-term tracker has been unreliably undercounting of late in which case the real milestone visitor slipped by unnoticed a few weeks ago. And a lot of my visitors don't mean to come here at all, they just arrive via Google (11% of visitors) or some other search engine (3%). A worrying large number have arrived from Google's incompetent image search, vainly expecting to find photos that aren't actually here. So maybe the undercounting and overcounting sort of cancel each other out.

About half of my visitors have arrived after clicking here from other sites. Which makes this a good time to update my semi-regular 'league table' of top linking blogs, ordered by volume of visitors clicking here from there. Over the last 20 months the following 20 bloggers have pushed more than fifteen thousand visitors my way, and I'd never have reached today's total without them. Cheers to the lot of you.
1) arseblog (approx 2000 visitors)
2) blue witch (1500)
3) scaryduck (1250)
4) casino avenue (1050)
5) my boyfriend is a twat (880)
6) by a woman (720)
7) linkmachinego (680)
8) route 79 (650)
9) mad musings of me (640)
10) troubled diva (620)
11) funjunkie (610)
12) samizdata (600)
13) big n juicy (560)
14) coopblog (520)
15) bitful (510)
16) london underground (500)
17) my ace life (490)
18) getting on (470)
19) swish cottage (460)
20) london calling (450)
And here's how the chart continues: 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 (250) 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 (160) 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 (120) 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 (100). There are some crackers in there. Why now click on a few yourself and take a look?

But a full third of my 100000 visitors have arrived here under their own steam, clicking from their personal list of internet bookmarks. You lot have nobody to blame but yourselves. Thanks for coming, thanks for reading, and thank you all for coming back. Here's to the next hundred thousand. Now, all I have to do is find some more stuff worth writing about...

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