I'm trying to remember back to July 18th, 2009, and I'm having a hard time doing so. So many thing in my life have changed since then, I wouldn't even recognize the person I was then. I had been hanging out on the Barnes & Noble Book Club pages, which are now defunct, for a year or two by then, and a few of my friends on there had started blogging. My wonderfully talented friend, Deb of Book Magic, looked like she was having so much fun with it, that I felt I was missing out on something.
When I first typed the words, Let The Maiden Voyage Begin, and hit the publish button, little did I know that I would still be doing this five years later. I wouldn't still be here if it hadn't been for the wonderful reception I was given by fellow bloggers, both established and those who were just getting started themselves. Everyone was accepting of the new kid on the block, and they were always willing to answer any questions I asked, no matter how small. Overall the book blogging community is a terrific group of people, and I couldn't ask to be in better company.
Even when I hit my low point last year, and would disappear for weeks or months at a time, you guys were always here. You gave me encouragement when I came back, and offered support when you found out the reason behind my absences. I couldn't be more thankful for you guys, if it weren't for you, I'm not sure I would have found the strength and energy to come back this year. I love you all, and I hope we have each other in our collective lives for years to come.
I can't wait to see what the next five years has in store for the blog, and for me personally. I'm hoping that the we both continue to grow, and that you guys continue along for the ride.
Since I've never shared my stats before, but I'm thinking after 5 years, I should share some of the raw numbers. So that's the way I'm ending this Thank You Letter to all of you guys, showing off my crazy math skills. Okay, maybe just my crazy being able to read numbers skill.
I've published 1,183 posts, and those posts have generated 10,120 comments.
There have been 431,760 page views.
The five posts with the most views are:
TV Guide Picks TV's 60 Nastiest Villains - 38,917 views
Simcha's Favorite Fictional Character --- Tom Sawyer - 15,807 views
10 More Of The Sexiest Vampires - 5,820 views
Favorite Fictional Character --- Pepe Le Pew - 5,445 views
Favorite Fictional Character --- Willow Ufgood - 5,194 views
I've reviewed about 383 fiction books, 43 nonfiction books, 20 movies, and 1 CD.
The five most reviewed authors are:
Agatha Christie: 32
Mary Roberts Rinehart: 22
Robert Jordan: 14
Mercedes Lackey: 14
Jacqueline Winspear: 9
I've done 177 Favorite Fictional Character posts, highlighting a total of 232 characters.
I've done 9 guest posts for other blogs, and I've had 29 posts written by other bloggers, posted to the blog.
How much I love you guys: To Infinity and Beyond!
Congratulations on 5 years. I'm sure the next 5 years will be just as good
Ryan, many congratulations on your 5th blog anniversary and I wish you and Wordsmithonia many more in coming years. Yours is one of the most eclectic blogs I read or drop in on.
Congrats on 5!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on the blogoversary!
Happy blogiversary, Ryan!
Woohoo!! Big Congrats, hope we're still sharing the awesomeness in years to come. PS love Buzz Lightyear :)
Five f**king years. Kudos, Ryan. We're practically old-timers in blog terms now.
Happy 5-Year Blogoversary! Doesn't the time fly? Have another wonderful five years, and then ten, etc.
Who knows how many of us will still be here, but blogging is a fabulous journey.
Congrats, Ryan! I am SO glad we met through blogging. You're kind of awesome and I love awesome people. :) We started the same year! I don't think I realized that.
I also did not realize how many Favorite Fictional Character posts you have done. I need to go through them all because I am betting I have missed so many good ones from my own blogging breaks (and general getting behindedness. Yes I just made up a word. Yes, it's awesome.)
Congrats on 5 years!
Happy Blogoversary Ryan! Here's to another wonderful five years! :)
Congraties on the big 5! :) Pretty good stats. :)
Happy five years! I can remember one thing you were doing around that date...chatting with me on Twitter. We had just met and you were the one that inspired me to start my blog. For that I will forever be grateful. Moments we can really cherish are not always promised, but book blogging and my blogging friends have been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I'm glad you're still around to share it. Here's to five more years and beyond. Congrats, my friend. <3
Loved your stats, especially the most popular posts--I'm often surprised by what brings out the comments/lurkers. Sometimes I'll write a post thinking that it will be a hit, and it gets only a passing glance. Others, that I think are sort of throwaways, are enthusiastically met with.
Congrats on your anniversary--I love blogging and have met so many kindred spirits this way.
Congratulations on Five years and I am glad you are still around blogging. I will have to go back and check some of your older posts that I have missed. It is funny that Pepe Le Pew was such a popular post... I do like that character.
Happy 5th Blogiversary!
Happy Anniversary!! I started four years ago, and remember following you when I first started. Though our reading tastes are different, there's often posts here that I just enjoy reading. Also, really cool to see your stats! 10,000 comments :D
Wow Happy Blogoversary what an accomplishment!!!!
Happy 5th Blogiversary!!! Here's to another 5!
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