I blogged for about eight years before joining FtB. First I was on xanga (all the cool kids were doing it), then for about six months this year I was on my own site. Up until FtB I never gave a thought to how many readers I had – I just wrote because it was a good way to organize my thoughts and I enjoyed it. Katie, my web mistress back on my own site, would occasionally say something like, “Good job! You had 40,000 views last month.” I would just smile, be flattered, and move on.
I’ve begun keeping an eye on those numbers since moving to FtB though. My first month here, October, I had 96,000 views, which put me in the company of some of the blogs I read daily in college. In November I had 130,000 views. Last night, for the month of December, the blog passed 200,000 views on the month.
I don’t write to drive traffic, so that means people are reading just because they like what I write. It never occurred to me that so many people would care about me, or at the very least be interested in what I have to say. Thinking about those numbers this morning filled me with gratitude. Of course, I’m flattered so many find me worth reading. But I’m also grateful for what many of you have done. We’ve added mental health to the causes addressed by the skeptic community, and that’s only growing. We’ve helped raise money for worthwhile charities. We’ve shared stories of what ails us as atheists and as lunatics.
You guys are the first time I’ve really cared about an audience as a writer – not in the sense that I’m going to change how I write, but because you’ve been so great to me and because we have done so much together. I’m smiling ear-to-ear this morning, and I just wanted you all to know. Thank you for everything. *hug*