Seven years ago today the first post appeared on this blog. Since then, nearly 1,850 have been added (counting a handful of repeats). While a number of SD blogs have come and gone over those years, this one keeps stumbling and bumbling along, moving far away from its original political tone.
There will be close to 250 book reviews on this site by year end. If I were ambitious, I would create an index or directory but that sounds like the type of project best suited for a cold winter day (if it ever becomes a project).
I’ve only been using Google Analytics for a couple years (since about mid-January 2007) and the conversion from politics to books started about two years before that. As a result, it isn’t a completely accurate gauge. Since 2007, though, the single most popular post is my 2008 review of Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses. It’s accounted for 5.7 percent of all pageviews during that time, a figure I find quite surprising. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that someone — not me — added it it as a link on Petterson’s Wikipedia entry.)
Almost as surprising is that there’s a post from this year in the top 10 for pageviews: my February review of Tommy James’ Me, the Mob, and the Music ranks ninth. As would be expected, it is the most popular post this year (2.5 percent of all pageviews), although the Out Stealing Horses review is close behind.
So happy birthday to my personal diversion and outlet.
Your blog is your unedited version of yourself.
Joshua Porter, bokardo.com, April 19, 2007