This morning I woke up, switched on my iPhone and then punched in www.Westernwomensuck.com and scrolled to the bottom of the screen to see the hit counter. Sure enough, there it is:
Today this site broke the 900,000 hit mark.
The total number of visits to the site is 90% of the way to a million hits. It is a big surprise for me: when I started writing this blog is was only just for friends and colleagues. But in time, it seems to have grown into a life of its own.. Back when I began seriously searching for a foreign bride I would always get a lot of questions from colleagues, friends and my brothers.. It seemed I was always email photos and updates only to forward them a day later to someone I had missed. Then, a computer buddy of mine suggested I start a blog.
A few years and some posts later, here we are.
In looking at the curve (frequency) of visits, it seems that this site’s popularity is growing at an exponential level. I can only wonder where it will be in 5 or 10 years. But when I compare the dates of previous milestone dates I can see the level of site growth:
Only 6 months later, in January 2014, we passed 100,000 new visitors and 200,000 webpage views.
And by June 2014 the total webpage views jumped to over 300,000.
A year later, the total number of views has tripled to over 900,000 with more than 550,000 total new visitors.
It seems that the site is doubling in size (as far as visitors and hits are counted) every 6-9 months. At this rate, I would expect to see this site approaching the 2 million hit mark sometime before 2017.
To that end, I thought we should have a little fun, a raffle of sorts. At what date will this website pass the 1,000,000 hit mark? You can see the dates that we passed 50,000, 100,000, 300,000 and now 900,000. Do a little math and make a guess. Post your best guess in the form of a comment to this email. Whoever guesses the date (or closest to it) will win a door prize. In this case, a stainless-steel Submariner style Invicta dive watch.
This watch is scuba rated to 200 meters, has an automatic movement (no batteries, it is powered by the movement of your wrist), has a stainless-steel bracelet, uni-directional rotating bezel and measures 40mm across the case. The watch has luminous material on the dial and can be seen in the dark (glow in the dark).
I just purchased it new in box (about 5 minutes ago, just for this raffle) and the watch is covered by Invicta’s 1 year warranty. I’ll ship it (internationally) to the winner after we determine just who that is.
If you already have a watch (or 20 or 30 like me), no worries. You can always use another watch, especially one that is waterproof. Eventually, you’ll find yourself wanting to go swimming, snorkeling or rafting and having a 200 meter waterproof watch with a screw down back and crown is nice to have around. I don’t usually wear my high end Swiss watches when I go in the ocean, I save that task for an Orient Diver I picked up at Massdrop.
This should add a little fun “Man competition” to the mix. I think I’m going to add my own vote to the comments and if I win, the watch will go to the second closest guess.
So, put on your thinking caps, post your best guess and may the best Man (or Woman) Win!
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