Originally I started the site back just before Gen Con Indy 2010 last August and was going to have a writer friend working with me. He couldn’t make it to Gen Con last year so I wrote a few articles myself. After that he had a new book come out and that kept him busy, so in January 2011 I decided to just scrap the old site and do the writing myself. The thought of it intimidated me though, as I have never really fancied myself a writer.
I can’t guarantee that anyone but me will be excited by this, but back in February when I trashed my old site, I set some goals. Along the way I decided that if/when I hit 10,000 unique visitors (multiple visits in a month are not counted so that is one visitor per computer counted. Multiple people using the same computer are not counted so it could, in actuality, be higher!) in a month I would start looking at the possibility of getting sponsors and such.
The final statistics for July 2011 are in and, six months after posting the first article to my site, I broke 10,000 unique visitors with a total of 10,584 and 336,749 total hits for the month.
I also posted my 100th article last month and covered Con Bravo! an anime convention in Canada this past weekend so now I can say I have provided international coverage. As far as readership, I know I get readers in a number of countries, Canada being one of the biggest I also get a lot of hits from Europe, Asia, and Mexico.
Earlier this year I had to upgrade my web hosting account due to the quantity of files and photos I had posted making my web space tight.
As soon as I finish this post I will be calling my web host and letting them know that I have posted this and it is time for the second upgrade this year, freeing me up to post more pics and going with unlimited bandwidth as it looked like I would exceed my bandwidth before too long if the site continues to grow as it has.
They said the upgrade will take a couple days. During that time the site will be available but if I make any changes I would lose any updates so I won’t be posting again until they give me the word.
Gen Con 2011 starts Thursday so they said they should be able to do it before then as long as I step back and let them. It seems appropriate as I started this site last year just before Gen Con Indy 2010 and now I am celebrating what I consider significant success just before Gen Con 2011.
So, the bottom line is I am celebrating and at the same time stepping back from the site for two days to let the techs do their thing. I will be at Gen Con Thursday through Sunday so see you there or you can see what is happening there by checking here.
They have an awesome cosplay/masquerade, a zombie walk, and on the gaming available there, there really is no comparison!
See you soon!
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