Some time on Sunday night, this blog received its 100,000th page view since I began writing in May 2009. Traffic has been steadily rising since last fall, and a quarter of that 100,000 has come since February 1st.
Many blogs see 100,000 page views in a day, so this blog remains a small one. But I’m still thrilled. And I think the increase in traffic testifies to an appetite, both in the US and abroad, for news and commentary about Africa. The popularity of the sites listed in the blogroll, and many other wonderful Africa-focused sites across the internet, is further evidence for that contention.
I’d like to offer a big thank you to all the readers. You guys give me the encouragement to keep thinking and writing. Thanks especially to commenters like Tidinit, James Gundun, Gyre, and others. Comments can make or break a blog, and I’m fortunate to have smart people weigh in on important issues. Even if I don’t always respond to comments, I read and think about them, and I try to weave those perspectives back into my writing. And if you are a regular reader but don’t comment, then I hope you will start – I’d like to hear from you.
I’m looking forward to continuing with the blog, and I’m grateful that anyone reads it at all. Thanks again for the support!