For the past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about what I should write as my “goodbye 2011” post. I find myself doing this every year, with no clue what to write. Do I list my “top” posts (if so, do I do it by traffic or by more subjective means)? Do I list my achievements for 2011? Do I do predictions for 2012?
I’m gonna keep it simple and thank everyone for reading. It has been a good year for me both personally and professionally, and I’m really glad I have this site as an outlet to convey some of that to others.
Recently, some of you have noted that you’re liking the stuff I write here more than what I’ve written in the past elsewhere. I really appreciate that. To be honest, when I stepped away from fulltime duty at TechCrunch, I was a little concerned about losing my voice, as it were. Instead, I feel almost the opposite has happened. It took a little getting used to, but being able to write what I want, whenever I want without having to worry about anything else is really what it’s all about.
And the response has been amazing. Last December, this site got about 10K visits (not to be confused with pageviews — it’s nice not having to worry about that game) — this December, this site will end the month at right around 500K visits. When you combine that with the over 60K Tumblr followers, most of whom are presumably reading the content in their main Tumblr feed, I’m blown away.
I know this site has had some substantial downtime and access issues this year (alongside Tumblr), but things are being put in place now to hopefully fix that once and for all. I appreciate the patience.
2011 was great, 2012 will be better. Thanks again for reading and Happy New Year.