I started this website on a whim and, initially, as a Tumblr about 10 months ago. When I did, I told myself it would be for my personal pleasure and to get me to write more. When I realized that Tumblr was a somewhat addictive format that didn’t lend itself to substantive writing I shifted my focus to WordPress (while maintaining a Tumblr account for it’s outstanding Dashboard feature and community). Since doing so in late November, just over nine months ago, I’m had the pleasure of welcoming 10,000 unique visitors. That total is a good 9,000 more than I would have expected.
Though I hope to write more social commentary, political discussion and scientific/religious debate, I’m quite enjoying the pop-culture and review format so much of When[It]StrikesMe has assumed. And it pleases me greatly that those of my friends that I’ve let in on the site’s existence have enjoyed reading it.
I was asked recently what advice I would give to someone who was just starting out with their own site. I told them to a) write it anonymously (I sure as heck don’t want my ability to write freely impinged upon by knowing the consequences of doing so publicly and in perpetuity online) and b) to do it for pleasure and not revenue (though, of course, if you want to click on an ad and help defray the GoDaddy cost of hosting, that’s greatly appreciated too).
You can more easily follow the blog by clicking the RSS feed, Twitter feed and Facebook icons on the upper right hand of your browser page. Anyways, thanks to all 10,000 of you visitors. It’s my hope that you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing.