Hey, I'm way ahead of Lloyd Alter at Treehugger! It took him nearly a year to get to 500 blog posts, and I'm there in half that.
I notice that Celsias is paying $50 for posts on sustainability, which would equate to $50,000 annual income if I could figure out how to get it. Wouldn't that be grand!
To make matters more maika`i (outstanding), yesterday saw my highest visitor count yet: 1,477.
Would you believe a total of nearly 108,000 visitors in 6 months? That's an average of nearly 600 daily, and each averaging 2.2 pages viewed. (And I even took some of February off to visit grandots...)
Mahalo ke Akua (which means thanks be to God, and is an expression of gratitude I use frequently each day of living here on Kauai).
Log analysis suggests roughly half of SusHI's daily visitors are new and half come from the islands.
SusHI is ranked 8th at the moment on Google's blog search for 'sustainability', and ranked 14th in Google's general search for 'sustainability' and 'hawaii'. Double Mahalo ke Akua!
FWIW, here's the average daily visitor count by month since launching SusHI last September:
- Oct06: 272
- Nov06: 384
- Dec06: 596
- Jan07: 792
- Feb07: 764
- Mar07: 968
For comparative purposes, note that my Kauaian Institute site is averaging barely 100 daily visitors.
Technorati notes that SusHI has 110 blogs linking to it and ranks 35,160 in the blogosphere. Not bad, yeah?
Oh, and, I notice that 85% of respondents to my SusHI poll agree with this statement:
'I am willing to pay higher prices in order to reduce global warming.'
I started SusHI with an interest in the practice of sustainable development in the islands and a vague idea that we needed to learn a lot more to be able to figure out exactly what that means....and, thus, wot we should do.
I have read and written, cut and pasted and most importantly, learned.
Not a day goes by without me thinking about what I can do, what we have learned and where we can go from here.
This (non-paying) gig is sometimes tough, and I have taken my share of abuse (including an old friend who insisted I was not a 'green' economist if I saw any sustainability benefit in the Hawaii Superferry). So it goes. Yet, the favorable comments outnumber the nasty ones, and I truck on.
As a young radical at Syracuse doing a doctorate in urban economics some 35 years ago, I decided teaching didn't have enough 'reach'. I wanted to reach more than a few sharp students each semester. I passed on the dissertation bit and headed out into the 'real world'.
Over the years, I've been blessed to address audiences of hundreds, even a few with thousands.
Yet, I gotta tell ya, nothing is more gratifying than the surging stream of daily visitors to this blog.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to read what I write.