Some time today, probably in the next few minutes, this blog will reach 225,000 hits.
That’s a lot of hits.
The very first post was written November 29th, 2008. It started off:
Protesters: appox 45
It was cold this morning, a little windy but over all not bad. We got to the clinic about 7:05 and there were maybe 25 protesters, the doors were open and a few clients in line to sign in. Mary was really pushy again this morning. She is definitely back to her old self, pre-harassment citation self.
You can read it here.
Since then, there have been 282 posts. Different people have written for the blog, and there were always guest posts. We invite new escorts to write about their experience.
My first post was a “new escort” post, published October 9, 2009. Deciding to escort was a huge step for me, and a significant step in my life journey, and I was so glad to have a chance to share my thoughts and feelings.
The blog gets hits from all over the world. In the last quarter, we got over two hits from the following countries:
United States 11,355
United Kingdom 361
New Zealand 29
Russian Federation 12
Saudi Arabia 11
Hong Kong 8
United Arab Emirates 5
South Africa 5
That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?
The post that got the most hits was July 22, 2009. One of our posts was picked up on Reddit ~ apparently this post, which announced an upcoming training for new escorts.
I’m not sure why that post got to reddit, unless this announcement generated some excitement:
And for the first time ever, we are having an escort exchange! We will be hosting escorts from Cleveland OH here and sending escorts from here up there some time next month.
In September, 2011, we had another post picked up by reddit, and got over 18,000 hits for that month, but I can’t pin down what particular day it was. That was around the time we had a protester we called “the newest, scariest Dave.’ We had some pretty amazing video of him, pretending to be an unborn fetus talking to its mother. Gross.
One of the things I noticed in looking back over old days of the blog is how much more we used pictures back then. Some of the pictures we posted remind me of protesters who’ve disappeared; other pictures are familiar faces.
Compare this picture from September, 2010:
With this one, shot today:
Some things just don’t change. Today, as I was walking next to a client, the little red-headed woman got in front of me and just stopped. For the zillionth time. Really, D?
Anyhow. I miss the pictures and videos of years gone by, and maybe we can start adding more pictures to the blog again.
But today we’ve reached the milestone 225,000 hits while I’ve been writing this post. And mostly I want to say thanks to all the people who write for the blog, who read the blog, who share it, who comment, and who help support reproductive rights in any way.
One of the great benefits of escorting has been the people we’ve met. For example, one morning this week our escort crew will be joined by Brianne Bilyeu, whose blog, Biodork, is one of our favorites. She’s going to guest escort, and come have breakfast with us afterwards. I’m sure you’ll hear more about that later.
It’s lovely to find connections with like-minded people, and the blog has done that for us in so many ways… Thanks to each of you.