So, as all of those stars lined up, I started writing about matters concerning my neighborhood, and low and behold, I became the publisher of a "hyper-local weblog." And today that hyper-local weblog, Enclave: Nashville North-By-Northwest, celebrates its sixth month anniversary. Six months may not seem like a very long time, but my perception is that the shelf-life of many blogs is also not very long. And I never set out in February thinking, "I plan to put six good months into this."
But they have been six good ones. In the last 182 days I wrote 250 posts, published dozens of photographs, and edited my own writing over and over. Readers have paid attention to Enclave to the tune of 7,000 total page loads and over 4,500 total visitors (unique) during its lifetime. During that short life, Enclave has averaged about 45 pageloads per day and 28 visitors per day. But the latest stats are even more gratifying:
- Both Enclave's pageload and visitor averages increased steadily each of the last six months.
- August's averages show a 525% increase over February's averages.
- Since July 1, Enclave has averaged 67 page loads per day and 42 visitors per day.
- The highest numbers of recorded page loads (192) and visitors (108) occurred on the same day: yesterday, only a week after Enclave had set its previous personal bests.
And thanks for indulging me a few moments of self-reflection on the last six months. I hope to make a go of it six more, but I'm not entirely sure I'll make it. My hope of team blogging across the neighborhoods remains real; if not at Enclave then some place else. But I've got other non-blog pursuits to follow once fall gets here. So, I'll give you advance notice if and when time begins to wind down for Enclave. In the meantime, let's enjoy the ride. Here's to six more months like the last six we've had; I would even toast to three more good months or to one more good month, as long as I can count them as progress in this week-by-week, day-by-day proposition.