At some point over the next couple of days we will pass a new milestone on the blog as it lodges its one millionth unique visitor for the year. Needless to say, this makes me one million times thankful and one million times eternally grateful to everyone who has mentioned the blog to a friend or fellow writer and helped make this a community.
Thank you so much for making 2009 such a special year. I’ve learned a whole lot from the people who have taken the time to comment and participate in the forums, and I can’t thank you enough for making my time with this blog so enjoyable. Particularly since, well, let’s face it, a side effect of my job is saying no to about 15,000 people a year, your generosity of spirit is inspiring and appreciated!
Here’s hoping to many great manuscripts and successes and writerly camaraderie in the coming year.
Heather Boyd says
Well you haven't said no to me yet. Actually, I havent given you the chance, but thank you for posting such a great blog posts this year. I've really enjoyed reading your work. Merry Christmas.
Congrats – you deserve it, this is a great destination.
And I'm truly excited for you for Jacob Wonderbar. The fact that you went through the process to get your book published completely cast so many of your blog posts in a different light. I admittedly answered a few of them rather grumpily (that time you asked what made anyone call themselves a writer I was totally Babyface: taking it personally and like an insult – if you get that reference at all let me know).
Just goes to show I'm dumb as a box of rocks.
I'm glad you're blogging, and glad you're being published. 🙂
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Though I feel you missed an opportunity here. You could have done the 'Thanks a Million' line 🙂
How do you determine "unique" visitors–different IP's? But don't ISP's these days use dynamic IPs so that your home PC IP is always change every 8 hours or so? So wouldn't that throw it off?
D. G. Hudson says
San Francisco, I meant. One of my favorite cities, so I should be able to spell it. San Francisco attitude. It's subtle.
Donna Hole says
Thanks for having this site, and for being willing to continue and expand.
You are appreciated also.
Have a great holiday!!
Rick Daley says
That's cool you have so many unique visitors. Many of us are kind of ordinary. I know I am a real homebody.
Really, those are high numbers. The total visits count must be staggering. I know because I count for at least 3,178,945 hits from refreshing the page the day I was a guest blogger.
Looking forward to following you through 2010! Have a safe holiday.
Jackie Brown says
Thanks for all your help and encouragement. I wish you every happiness for year 2010.
Nathan Bransford says
Yeah, it doesn't mean literally one million people, it's a mixture of actual people and return visitors who have different IP addresses. I use StatCounter to track the hits.
It's a daily competition between facebook and your blog for the first window in my browser (which, if you ask my husband, is a pretty high compliment given that FB and I are usually joined at the fingertips).
I love the honesty, hilarity and relevance of your topics. You've certainly built a great little community here, and now with the forums, I'll see less of my husband.
Congrats, Nathan. Happy holidays.
A million you say? 0.0
Well, you're a smart and sweet person – and that combination is enticing.
Robena Grant says
Congratulations! Like many others have said, I love this community, and I appreciate your humor and insight and read your blog daily. Haven't commented yet in the forums but have visited several times…maybe over the holidays.
Happy holidays to all, wishing everyone happiness in the New Year.
Congratulations, thanks for the blog and forums, Season's Greetings and all the best for 2010!
As you probably know, I don't always agree with your views. Nonetheless, your blog is an invaluable service to the community of all those involved with the world of publishing "from the outside". You are among the leaders in creating a free resource that provides the kind of insight into the industry that is comparable or superior to that provided by educational programs costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Although there are others who do a noteworthy, even admirable job of this, your blog is outstanding in its energy and consistent quality. And, of course, this is win-win, as the service you provide enhances your own visibility among the target community.
You have competition, even close competition, but while recognizing the value of the efforts of others, I have to say that in my judgement, your blog simply rocks.
Thanks so much for all your efforts,
Nathan, thank you for being available, for answering questions, and for continuing to allow anonymous postings.
Here's to a much healthier publishing environment in 2010!
Claude Forthomme says
Congratulations…A well-deserved success!
All I can add is: many happy returns and looking forward to the second million of visitors…
Glad I could- potentially- help.
I'll check back in 2010.
That's awesome! Congratulations. 🙂 And I know I've said it before, but thank you as well. You provide so much amazing information and take time out of your schedule, which gosh knows is busy, and you gives us such an amazing resource. And you're always positive and encouraging to boot. 🙂
Congratulations! Thanks for a great blog.
Seasons Greetings and all the best for 2010.
Meghan Ward says
Yes, congratulations! You deserve it. It's a great blog.
Nathan, I read your blog every day but have yet to comment. This has been the spark I needed I suppose.
My name is Ashleigh
I'm from beautiful British Columbia Canada
My wish for 2010 is for the health of my friends and family (and to be free from the nasty bug known as writer's block)
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday 🙂
Yay. Congrats Nathan! That's bloody impressive.
Oh, and I'm accepting one of the million thank yous for mentioning the blog under 'Network' here.
Have a merry Christmas. See you on the other side.
How come we're being modded? Do the crazies come out at Christmas or something?
Nathan Bransford says
Comments are being moderated to force myself to relax and not check comments/e-mail.
Which is, um, clearly not working at the moment as I'm still checking. Oh well!
Michael Clutton says
Continue to post informative, helpful info like you have been and that million will multiply rapidly!
All the best! Thanks for providing much-needed info to those of us out here struggling for just a small slice of the pie.