Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thanks to All of You

American Beautyberry, Nov. 2010
January 2011 was my greatest month of readership ever, according to the ol' Google Stats. Over 4,900 pageviews!  I also surpassed 300 posts, which is really insane!   I am grateful that you all continue to stop by to read my stories (or steal my photos).  You know, whichever. Either way, since I don't have ads on River Mud, I don't make a penny off of it.
This would be a good time to note the first several consistent readers and commenters I had on River Mud in 2007 and 2008 - interestingly - all of their blogs are still active and are the same age, or older, than mine.  Which is quite an oddity, considering that a"high quality" blog lasts an average of 34 months.  River Mud is at 41.  Some of these guys write better than me, some take better photos than me, and some tell better stories and do more interesting things than I do.  You should see for yourself.
Baltimore Urban Revival Blog
The Maine Outdoorsman
Florida Duck Days
Ohio Nature Blog

It's also worth noting my most popular posts of all time (by hits, as of 1/29/11)
3. Now Woodcock, Walk It Out (2009, 951 views)
2. Cicada Killer, Qu'est Que C'est? (2009, 1,479 views)
1. No Alligators in Virginia - None (2010, 1,944 views)
Should I mention that my copyright page has only 16 views?  Sigh.

And my most popular (or dubious) posts of all time (by comments)
3. Shooting Tecomate Bucks in the Knee - TV Worth Watching? (2010, 13 comments)
2. Alligators in Virginia - The Science (2010, 14 comments)
1. No Alligators in Virginia - None (2010, 15 comments)

I'd be remiss if I didn't throw in a few posts that I wish you had seen.  Please click through if you have a minute:
3. The Best of Bristol Rhythm & Roots (2008)
2. Surfing & Fishing the VA-NC State Line (2009)
1. Light Tackle Lunchbreak at the Chickahominy Headwaters (2009)

Thanks as always, and always feel free to send me comments, suggestions on how I can improve the blog.  Compliments too, ha ha. As Esteban says to Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, "I must warn you - I am susceptible to flattery."


Unknown said...

Congrats on your blogging success! I will post my 100th blog post later this week and I am very proud of that fact. I just hope I can get to 300!! Make sure you check it out as your blog will be mentioned!

Keep up the good work!!

Downeast Duck Hunter said...

My personal favorite is the wader wobble wet wonder caught on camera.

I suggest you create a post of the greatest retroactive photos taken over time.

Congrats on your writing success, you put an informative prose out there that is an interesting read.

tugboatdude said...

Good job big brother.ALways well written and your photography is first class

Anonymous said...

Congrats on one heck of a month!

I've always loved your pictures and enjoyed your posts. Keep up the good work over here and take time to relish in your success!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

300 phew that's quite an achievement

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

WOW! Congrats to you. I am a recently new follower so I am still digging through your old posts but absolutely love your blog. My only suggestion is...keep doing what you've been doing. You rock and it's working for ya!

Kirk Mantay said...

Trey - I enjoy reading. Keep it up!

DEDH - why bring up that story again? Oh yeah, it's hilarious. For others:

T dogg - at first I read your comment as "your pornography is first class." In which case, yes it is, sir. lol.

Kari - thanks - I continue to enjoy your blog as well!

SBW - I don't believe you have almost 500 posts. Good God.

LB - I'm thrilled that you keep stopping by! I would love to see more MD, VA, PA blogs that feature hunting!

Toure Zeigler said...

You definitely win best teacher award. I've learned more about the environment from reading your blog than from multiple environmental planning classes I've taken throughout my college career.

Kirk Mantay said...

That is pretty sad, D. But my environmental planning classes were also pretty useless. My most useful classes over 3+ degrees were probably:

3) High school trigonometry
2) Calculus-based ecology classes
1) Human Dimensions of Wildlife Mgt

Thanks for the compliment!

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