April 19, 2004
500,000 (and some other news)
I haven't been focusing nearly as much as I used to on this blog, so it kind of snuck up on me, but this website surpassed 500,000 total visitors sometime yesterday afternoon.
I used to make a big deal about each milestone. 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000 and on and on. 500,000 is, I suppose, the biggest milestone yet. As many of you would probably be quick to remind me though, the blog would have reached 500,000 a while ago if I'd have actually been writing new articles on it every day! 🙂
Barring some huge surge of visitors in the next 10 days, this will be the first month since August of 2002 that the visitor traffic of this blog does not increase. This is partly due to the fact that the majority of my daily writing has shifted over to The Hardball Times, but it's also partly due to it just being hard, at some point, to keep the numbers going up.
Anyway, I really want to thank everyone who has contributed to that 500,000 number in the past two years or so, especially those of you who have been everyday readers and frequent e-mailers. And a special thanks to those of you who have continued to stop by here on a regular basis, despite there not being nearly as much content as usual.
Hopefully you've heard me say this enough by now to actually do it, but I highly suggest you stop by The Hardball Times each and every day. The daily blog entries I used to do here (you know, the Gleeman-length ones) haven't disappeared at all, they are simply at a new place -- along with great articles from a bunch of other guys.
On the same day this blog hit 500,000 visitors, I got some other good news. Those of you who are long-time readers of this blog may remember my various entries about the Minnesota Daily, the college newspaper here.
I won't go into the details for those who weren't around back then or just don't remember, but it was a frequent topic of discussion here for a couple weeks. I guess this is sort of like one of those inside jokes. You either know what the heck I'm talking about or you don't. Those of you who do know, I guess that's your reward for coming here every day for so damn long.
Anyway, if you head over to the Minnesota Daily's website, you'll see an article about the Minnesota Twins/Victory Sports situation.
If you click on the above link, you should see a familiar name in the byline.
Florida (Willis) +105 over Philadelphia (Padilla)
St. Louis (Suppan) +165 over Houston (Miller)
San Diego (Lawrence) +120 over San Francisco (Hermanson)
Toronto (Halladay) +115 over Boston (Martinez)
Kansas City (Anderson) -105 over Cleveland (Durbin)
Total to date: $285
W/L record: 16-18 (0-2 yesterday for -200, including one loss on a 14th inning balk.)
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