Tuesday, June 20, 2006

What A Difference A Year Makes

Well, I decided to treat myself to a belated Father's Day gift, took a surprise *cough cough* sick day. So, today I played Hooky from work, and took my son out to the Atlantis Aquarium and Dinosaur Museum. We spent the day together, just the two of us. The weather was beautiful, the places had tons of fun stuff for him to do (I'll probably be putting up some pictures once I download them from the camera), and in the end we had a pretty great day. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Father's Day.

But I digress.

When we got home a short while ago, I checked my email to see an invoice for the next year's payment from my website hosting company.

I thought, "That can't be right! Can SLYDESBLOG be up and running for a year now? No way....".

Yes way. As my lovely Hit Counter on the bottom of this very page can attest to, my first page of actual content went up on 6/21/2005, but I had actually purchased the hosting services 2 days earlier.

The year really DID just whiz past. I could have sworn that we hadn't been up and running for more than 8 or 9 months tops. I've talked in the past how, when I originally started up this site, it was merely meant to be a means where I could put up some pictures of the family, so relatives across the country could have a place to easily see some shots of the fam. That's all this was to be. No more, no less.

What I didn't expect was for this site to evolve so fast into something else entirely. What it is now, I can't really say.....

It certainly ISN'T a place for family to visit to catch up with us. In fact, I don't think I have even ONE family member (wife included) who checks in. I haven't put up a new picture in months either, for that matter.

It ISN'T a movie review site, or game review site, although you WILL see that stuff here from time to time.

It ISN'T a true "blog" either, since I don't really use this site as a daily diary of my life, although people who visit here regularly certainly have a pretty decent peek into what's going on with me (and good ol' Earl, for that matter).

So, in short, after being up and running for 1 whole year, I still don't really know WHAT the Hell SLYDESBLOG is, or where we are headed. All I can tell you is that the site is growing and gaining viewers every month. As of today, we have an over 300% increase in the number of daily readers that we had just 6 months ago.

That makes me very happy. It tickles me that people find enough enjoyment on these pages to actually take some time out of their busy day to read what we have to say here. I have made some great new friends (that you can meet as well, over in the LINKS section), had some laughs, and learned a thing or 2 along the way. That EASILY justifies my time spent doing this, and then some.....

As long as you all keep coming back for more, I'll keep trying to post as much meaningful (and not so meaningful) crap as I can find the time for.

Thanks for the great year, all.

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