June 12, 2006
At some point today, perhaps even while you're reading this, AaronGleeman.com will pass the two-million mark for total visitors. To check which visitor you are, take a peek to your left and note the black-and-white number posted above the words "Visitors Since 8/1/2002" at the top of the sidebar. And if you're magic No. 2,000,000 ... sorry, I don't have a prize.
Back in the old days I used to obsess over the site's visitor totals and constantly discuss them here, but somewhere along the line it stopped being so important. In fact, my focus on how many people read this blog has been inversely related to the actual number. For some reason it seemed far more crucial to know whether 15 or 20 people read this site on a Monday in 2002 as opposed to whether 3,000 or 4,000 people stopped by here yesterday (if you're curious, it was 3,895).
It took 30 months to reach 1,000,000 visitors, but just 17 months to go from 1,000,000 to 2,000,000. And if the current pace continues, AG.com will crack 3,000,000 visitors sometime next July. Because talking about this sort of stuff apparently either bores or infuriates many people I'll stop now, but I just wanted to thank everyone who stops by here every day.
Whether you're a glutton for punishment who argues in the comments section, one of the angry souls who send me nasty e-mails, someone who complains about my links to pictures of girls, or simply a reader who stops by on occasion without saying a word, your continued support and readership means a great deal to me. While I had absolutely no idea at the time, starting up this blog four years ago was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Today's entry is brief and decidedly non-baseball in part due to the visitor milestone, but also because the Twins' off day leaves me without a game to discuss and I spent last night working on a freelance article about Johan Santana. Feel free to make up for my lack of words with some quality chatter in the comments section, and if you haven't already please check out yesterday's entry The Joe Mauer Show.