I’m putting together a giveaway of items,, both big and small, that I’d like my readers to have as a personal way of saying THANK YOU this holiday season.
I don’t really track my blog traffic all that closely. I know that of the hundreds of thousands of visits this blog receives each month, each person comes an average of about four times. But that’s as far as my tracking of these things goes.
I remember way back, after I had been blogging for a year, that my traffic was about 500 visits per day. That was 10 1/2 years ago. Back then I did have an email list of a little more than 1000 people who had signed up to get my posts each day. That sort of encouragement made me feel like what I was doing here was valuable, as was meeting people at frequent flyer get-togethers and having folks tell me that they read the site every day. I appreciate that. I really do love my readers, and I love answering all of the questions that I get every day. I do my best to answer all of the emails that come in.
Randy Petersen emailed me on Friday to let me know that I was rounding towards one million absolute unique visitors over the course of the year. I had no idea.
I mean, I know that each day through a variety of different means — traffic to the blog, email lists, feed subscriptions — that over 30,000 people a day were reading this, I put that number down at the bottom of my posts. In fact now the number is probably more like 40,000. But I always assumed those were the same people. I had no idea that it was more like a million different people checking in here. I love that.
If I had realized earlier I would have reached out to my favorite travel programs and asked them to join me in celebrating by offering points and status. But I didn’t have the lead time for that. Perhaps some time with a future giveaway.
Instead I’m going to clean out my own personal stash, and commit to giving away a minimum of twenty different items to readers though probably more. I’ll do it all in a single giveaway post (or if it becomes too cumbersome, perhaps in two giveaway posts), I won’t drag this out over the course of the whole month. But I do want to personally say thank you — by sharing my miles, by sharing elite status, gift cards, and other items that I can offer you. Because I really do appreciate interacting with you here each and every day.