My State Of The Blog Address

Earlier today I got an email from someone who just discovered this blog. He couldn’t sleep and aimlessly went from page-to-page. He joins the 73,807 visitors in 2009 who came here 165,558 times and viewed 297,223 pages! My page counter currently reads 2,120,588 pages served since I began.

Over the years traffic has gone up and down. It was highest just before I was struck by a hacker and lost my Google mojo. Google has reinstated me to their index, but the traffic has never quite recovered though it’s getting close, again.

All of these statistics are possible because of Google. There’s a little piece of code on every page which connects to Google Analytics. GA quantifies everything that’s going on.

There was a time I was making a few bucks a day¹ from the blog. Now it’s a few pennies. That’s Google related too-Google AdSense.

Posting my blog entries to Twitter and Facebook has made a difference. I know most readers don’t read every entry I write, but from time-to-time there’s something that catches social networking eyes and traffic spikes.

The blog is read around-the-world though over 2/3 come from the United States. Foreign viewers tend to come for something specific, stop by and never return. Connecticut provides the most readers. As far as I remember I have never mentioned this blog on-the-air.

I was REALLY sick… doctor to your hotel room sick… and didn’t post October 22, 2006. That’s probably the last day I missed. An unwritten rule demands a post every day. Often there’s more than one.

Each entry is written and rewritten. Seriously, everything is rewritten. Mistakes still get in. Helaine is my best editor, though she continues to refuse my offer to let her make the corrections on her own.

Writing this blog is the most disciplined part of my life. Until I began I had no idea how much one could enjoy writing.

¹ – Before you poo poo a few bucks a day, over the year it added up to hundreds of dollars, which paid for the web hosting with a little left over for coffee.

6 Responses to “My State Of The Blog Address”

  1. Tom says:

    Your blog is good reading, Geoff.

    It gives those of us who read it a real life view of someone we have watched on TV for a long time.

    We’ve watched your daughter grow into a young woman. We’ve met your wife and we have had a somewhat voyeuristic view of what it’s really like in the Fox family.

    We’ve seen your wonderful photography skills, found out how and why you forecast the weather, heard about your car troubles, and got me watch Roxie turn into a teenager.

    We saw where you grew up and went to school. We met your mom and dad and learned how much you hate cold weather and winter in general.

    Please continue to allow us to see the “other side” of the guy we watch for a few minutes each night on News Channel 8.

    Tom

  2. Lou says:

    I fully agree with Tom – it’s always nice to see the human side of someone we “invite” into our home every evening (and soometimes other shifts too).

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Geoff Fox says:

    Please remember, this is a sanitized view of my life. Trust me, there have been disputes with my family and times I’ve questioned my bosses. None of them are documented here.

  4. Evi says:

    Tom really said it very well. It is interesting to share other peoples lives sanitized or otherwise. Sure, you give us the weather, but you’ve given us much more with a glimpse into your photography, your lovely family (so VERY Glad you introduced us to your amazing parents!) and of course, Roxie/Roodle. I’m really going to miss Roxie when she leaves with Stef!

  5. Jim says:

    Geoff you’re a everyday read. I have enjoyed your posts.

    Now please ask Helaine if her Eagles are going to show up against my Cowboys next week?

  6. As far as I remember I have never mentioned this blog on-the-air.

    If you have, we all missed it.

    Your failure to self-promote is probably due to your seriously undersized ego, something most of us have noticed, and been fairly impressed by, for years.

    Several of us secretly got together and were ready to pool our funds in an effort to purchase a larger ego for you. (That way you could be as full of yourself as some other TV people, or even some state legislators!)

    Search as a would, nothing was available on Ebay!

    That must indicate that those that already possess larger egos have no intention of giving them up.

    Figures doesn’t it?

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