A brief time out for self-congratulation and thanks…

I just looked over my statistics for the month of October 2009, and I was shocked. Pleasantly shocked, but shocked nonetheless.

Why do I say that?

I say that because traffic from October 2009 is more than twice the traffic from October 2008. Moreover, it’s not an anomaly. Although there have been fluctuations in traffic over the last year, so far the trend has been steadily upward, so that I’ve more than doubled my traffic since this time last year. Not bad, not bad at all. Actually, it’s more than that. It’s friggin’ unbelievable. If, when I started this thing nearly five years ago, someone had told me I’d eventually hit traffic levels as high as they are now, I’d have told him he’s out of his mind.

Why traffic has increased so much over the last year, I have no idea. I haven’t really been doing anything different than I’ve been doing all along, at least radical. Changes in this blog have been slow and evolutionary (as is appropriate), not revolutionary over the years, and I’m under no delusion that somehow I’ve gotten twice as good at blogging as I was a year ago. I’d love to think that, but clearly that’s not true. Still, whatever the cause, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, my readers. Whatever the reason, somehow there are a lot of you out there who like what I lay down on a daily basis here.

I only hope I’m managing to persuade a few mavens of pseudoscience, such as anti-vaccinationists, to come back over to the light of reason and science. Again, I’m under no delusion that I’m likely to have influence very many on the “other side,” but if I’ve only influenced a handful it will have been worth it.