Five years ago today, on July 3rd, 2006, my first blog entry was posted on the Birding in Maine web site. At the time, I had a point and shoot camera and little knowledge of where to bird in Maine. Blogging was new to me and I was not even sure that any one would visit. The first post received a total of 4 views and no comments through the first month of its existence.
Looking at my blog stats, I’ve made 560 posts over the last five years and received 4683 comments. That’s an average of 112 posts per year or ~10 per month. I’ve posted 3111 images during that time as well. From June 2007 through today, my c-panel shows that there have been 1,233,433 unique visitors and 2,749,668 page views from folks in 54 countries (stats prior to June 2007 have been lost due to changing hosts). 60% of my traffic comes from search engines with Google being number one, 11% coming from Twitter, and 6% from Facebook. These stats over the past 5 years of blogging has more than surpassed my wildest dreams.
Writing this blog has brought so many wonderful people into my life. I’ve met people through the blog with whom I’m so happy to be able to call my friends. For those that have visited and commented, thank you for taking the time to read about Sharon and I and our adventures in the wonderful world of birding and photography. I hope you’ve found it to be informative and entertaining. Birding in Maine would be a tree falling in a forest with no one to hear if not for you, my wonderful followers, friends and readers. Thank you for visiting and for your participation!
To close out this special day, I’m including some of my favorite photos from over the last 5 years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Some of the following photos are tall. Press your f11 key to open your browser window to its fullest extent. Then, simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography | All Rights Reserved