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200,000!!! and a Walk Down Memory Lane


October 2014

The first year of this blog, I think I got something like 26,000 hits.  My second year, 70,000 which had me just shy of 100,000 at the beginning of the year.  Since, and especially over this summer, my blog went a little crazy picking up more than 16,000 hits in July alone.  Unfortunately, my single best day as shown in the stats was due to a fluke with The Simpson’s of all things, in June.  I had something like 400 hits in one day on a post that I wrote about acquiring a new pair of cycling shoes, entitled “Daddy Needs a New Pair of Shoes”…  It took a Google search of my own to figure out what was going on when I received something like 120 hits in one hour alone (40-60 in an hour is pretty high for me).  I laughed pretty hard about that one, let me tell you.  Even with that activity, the post didn’t come anywhere near my top ten posts:

How I Got Fast – A Noob’s Guide To A 23 mph Average   19,577
A Newbie Comparison of Shimano Shifters…UPDATED   15,857
How Much Faster Is A Road Bike Than A Mountain Bike?   10,000
How Much Faster Is A Road Bike Than A Mountain Bike… Part II – It’s Not Just The Tires   7,043
How to Make Your Mountain Bike Fast… Really. On a budget.   6,419
Specialized Venge Comp/Elite 700 Mile Review: At Long Last 5,670
Road Bikes – Internal Vs. External Cable Routing   3,850
Is A High-End Road Bike Faster Than An Average One?   3,156
1990 Cannondale SR400 Criterium – My pride and joy   2,762
Map My Ride Vs. Endomondo   2,538

I left out my home page for fairly obvious reasons and interestingly enough (at least to me), the next best hit getter is my About the Author page with 2,322 views.

In any event, I’ve got a few favorite posts of my own…  The best post I’ve ever written, without even batting an eye, was about my recovery and celebrating my anniversary for the entire month of November, entitled (appropriately enough) “The Beginning of a Month-Long Celebration“.  I wrote it on November 2, 2012 and still read it every now and again.  It’s the one post that I’m genuinely proud of having written.

Another favorite, again about my recovery, was “I Am Living Proof that God Doesn’t Keep Score“. One final post on recovery that I enjoyed writing and did make it pretty high on the “Hits” list with 662, entitled “Incomprehensible Demoralization“.

To round out my favorites is the one that pertains to fitness.  It shows, in photographs, my transformation from a Noob to a Cyclist.  I never would have guessed that I looked so dorky at first.  It makes me laugh every time I see it.

200,000 hits

As you can see, I do well in the summer months and fade through the winter, not surprising for a blog mainly about cycling and recovery.  In any event, I can’t believe that I’ve come this far over the last 2-3/4 years.  As I wrote the other day, thank you.


  1. and thank you for your straightforward advice and common sense – always great to read!

  2. cyardin says:

    Well done man, keep it up with your honesty and candour.

  3. Kecia says:

    Congrats Jim!! Keep ’em comin’ 🙂

  4. Chatter says:

    Congrats, way to continue with the good quality writing.

  5. The Guat says:

    Congrats on that milestone! And thanks for the walk down memory lane…I think I discovered you through one of your recovery posts. Always true, always honest, always with reflection and heart. Keep them coming 🙂

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