Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Whoa! Just hit two million views for the blog!

So this is a little bit of navel-gazing, but I just noticed that this blog's Google Stats clicked over to 2,000,000 pageviews yesterday. That's pretty amazing! And it may seem cheesy, but honestly, thank you all, the readers, for reading.

I started this blog in early 2008 because there was no one news source for Columbia Heights even though there was a lot going on here -- a lot of change, a lot of new residents and new development, a lot of interesting issues to write about. I wished there were a better place to find all that, and then I figured, why don't I just try it?

The first substantive post (aside from a welcome to this blog post) was about police setting up a checkpoint to stop cars on 13th Street -- and since then, there have been more than 2600 posts, everything from local development news to crime, history, sports, food and drink, booze bottles on the streets, even April Fool's jokes (I think my favorite was Wonderland getting replaced by a Taco Bell) to crazier stuff like a skateboarding bulldog and an alley full of dildos. (You can see all the tags for the posts on the right side of the blog.)

In fact, the Taco Bell and dildo posts are still among the top 5 most popular posts according to the stats, but interestingly, the two most popular by far are a short one about an extremely loud and lengthy boom late one night (turns out it was just thunder, but at the time it sounded like an explosion, and a lot of commenters agreed) and one about a Pizza Hut possibly coming to 14th and Fairmont, which actually ended up being a Domino's. Maybe people in Columbia Heights really like pizza. And loud booms, and dildos.

But whether or not that's true, I want to say thanks to all my friends and neighbors over the years who I've cajoled to write guest posts for the blog. I also wanted to thank my advertisers over the years. I don't do this for the money, but it's nice to be able to keep it running because of the support from local businesses -- and vice versa, I hope all these eyes on your ads has helped you out as well!

But most of all, thanks to everyone for reading and commenting. As always, you all, the readers, are often the best source of news for the blog -- if you hear of anything interesting or new or have some ideas or feedback, please email me.

This blog has been a lot of fun to run, and I anticipate it will keep being fun for me and hopefully fun and informative for all of you too. Thank you.

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