The little counter at the side of my blog today hit the 100,ooo mark. that means 100,ooo page views of posts on here, mostly by humans (I think Wordpress have a mechanism for discounting searches by Googlebots or whatever.) It’s taken two and a half years. The average is about a hundred a day. Many more round about exam times, fewer during the school and university holidays, and almost none on Christmas Day.
I wonder how many seekers found what they were looking for. Not the late night seekers for Naughty Julie, still one of the most popular search engine terms for finding these pages. Probably not many of those who type in their essay questions about Private Peaceful, hoping for answers their teachers will approve of.
The most popular posts are those that are linked to by Wikipedia – the one about Lark Rise to Candleford, for instance. Suddenly the page counts rocketed when the series came back on TV.
I’m now nearing the end of my Ph.D. research – tidying up the chapters and checking references. Maybe when I’ve totally finished, I’ll widen the scope of the blog – call it Great War Fiction Plus or something, and add a wider selection of thoughts and snippets.
But for the moment, let’s just keep on, and see how long it takes to get to 200,000.