Sometime yesterday this blog went over the 200,000 views mark. Pretty remarkable in some ways.
On the other hand, this blog has been around for quite awhile, so perhaps not. While there are a few postdated entries here, the actual first post came on May 1, 2009. 200,000 views in seven years isn't exactly an Internet sensation by any means. Of course, early on the blog was very inactive and therefore its not surprising that it received little in the way of readership.
It's readership has picked up a lot this year. It has ups and downs, but starting in March it really picked up. That was the anniversary of the Punitive Expedition and we started posting a lot on that. Searches on that, perhaps, might explain it. The frequent insertion of newspapers from 1916 also seems to have had a marked impact. Given that we were basically running some things in "real time", so to speak, we also started linking some of those threads into Reddit's 100 Years Ago Today subreddit, which also had quite an impact.
Indeed, an impact of 100 Years Ago today is that the longstanding list of most viewed threads changed nearly completely. Only one of the threads on the all time top ten, the one on hats, was on that list before Reddit impacted the list and changed it nearly completely. Posts on Arminto, Wyoming, young Queen Elizabeth II in Canada and the Niobrara County courthouse left the top ten, presumably for all time. Most of those thread would have about half of the views they'd need to be on the top ten list, even though some of them had been on it for years.
Indeed, some of the newer threads on the list have gone over 1,000 views in a day, pretty remarkable when we consider that getting about 500 used to guarantee that the thread would be on the top ten list. Right now, the site gets over 15,000 views per month. Prior to March of this year, the all time high had been September 2014 which had seen 5,000 views that month. In February 2015 the number was back down to a little over 2,000 per month. March of that year brought it back up to a little over 4,000 and it hovered around that for a long time. March 2016 brought it back up to nearly 5,000. Last month in had a little over 19,500. It's had just over 16,000 this month, with the month nearly over, so my guess is that September 2016 will be a peak for some time.
Thanks go out to everyone who reads the blog. Special thanks go out to everyone who has commented on a thread. This blog remains mostly a learning exercise, so i particularly enjoy any engagement we receive.