Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Pr*tty Sh*tty

It’s hard to believe, but one year ago today, Pr*tty Sh*tty went officially live.

Mind you, I intended it to be a soft launch, but it quickly became, um, not soft, when I impetuously shared the URL with my former colleagues Michael Beirut and Armin Vit, who promptly linked to me from their blogs Design Observer and Quipsologies, respectively. Shortly after, blogger Michael Surtees included me in his Link Drop and the seed of my readership really took root. Nothing like a little attention to make something like this official, so there was no turning back. Couldn’t disappoint the readers after all. So thank you to those fellas (who continue to link/tweet to me), and to you dear readers.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the past year’s statistics with everyone. I personally find these sorts of numbers interesting, so maybe you will, too.

Number of blog posts: 240 (I took a few breaks, sue me.)
Number of visits: 212,000
Number of unique visitors: 155,000
Twitter followers: 1,000 as of last week
RSS subscribers: I have no idea. Let’s just say millions.
Most popular post: An Open Letter to James Cameron from Papyrus (of course!)
The post I expected most to have more traffic: For All the Nay Sayers (another dig at James Cameron)
Most comments on a post: 243 (also on the Open Letter)
Meanest comment:
“None of this is even remotely funny. In fact, I'm almost embarrassed for you since you apparently thought it was so funny that it should be shared with the world. Please don't procreate. You're dumb.” (Anonymous, of course!)
Nicest comment:
“I love and respect the idea behind this blog.” (thanks Laura Marie!)

Not bad for one year, if I do say so myself.

Thanks again to everyone who reads P*S* and to anyone who’s shared the site on their own blogs, or via Twitter, or an email, or Facebook, or whatever. An additional, special thanks to everyone who contributes images... here’s hoping more of you do!

And a very special thank you to my lovely wife, who’s not only tolerated the extra time I’ve poured into this endeavor, but whose keen wit and clever mind have helped to keep me, and my writing, my sharpest. You’re the best (everyone agrees!), and I love you.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats. Love the blog. I've learned a lot about bad design by reading it!