Too busy to remember to buy a cake?

by nobugsonme on October 8, 2007 · 6 comments

in bed bug epidemic, bed bugs, meta, spread of bed bugs

Hey Bedbuggers,

Sometimes the day to day running of the blog and forums, on top of other responsibilities, means the details take a backseat. So last Tuesday was actually the one-year anniversary of the blog. And though all day long I had a strange feeling, like I had forgotten someone’s birthday (and I could not, for the life of me, remember whose), I completely missed it.

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It was a year and six days ago, almost to the minute, that this blog was launched.

I originally decided to set it up to house FAQs made up of suggestions by folks on the Bedbugger Yahoo group.

But pretty quickly, I realized that following the bed bug news as it unfolded would be pretty important too.

Then people started leaving comments–everywhere, on any post at all–asking for advice.

Thus began the Tales of Bed Bug Woe, a series of catch-all comments threads, where current bed bug infestations could get and share advice with others.

That was a bit of a clumsy solution, so when I could, I moved us over from wordpress.com, and put up the Bedbugger forums, so people could talk to each other and post their own queries in a more user-friendly way.

From the start, this site would have been nothing–and pointless–without your participation. So I thank you, readers, those who have written blog posts, those ad hoc admins who kept the ship sailing when I had a few much-needed vacations, our Spanish translator who has been very helpful in spreading word of bed bugs to the Spanish-speaking internet, and the 574 registered users who have posted comments on the blog or posted in the forums.

I started listing on my notepad all the people who have contributed so much. First the blog posters, then the faithful commenters and forum participants. And then I stopped. I realized that if I even tried to name the people who regularly comment or so generously share advice with others, I would be omitting and potentially insulting many others. So I hope you all know how much your contributions are appreciated, and how completely responsible you all are for making this blog happen. And I will try and remember to thank you all individually.

I hate to wax maudlin, but you’ve made me laugh and you’ve made me cry. Thanks, sincerely, for your contributions.

We haven’t stopped growing. We now have around 1100 different visitors every day, and 70% of those are new to the site each day. They look at an average of four pages per visit (4400 hits a day). It kind of scares me that every day more than 700 new people come on the site, folks who’ve never been here before, since I see it as a sign of how fast the problem is spreading. But I am hopeful that it means awareness continues to spread too, and this can only be a good thing.

We also haven’t stopped changing: I hope to keep adding new features as ideas present themselves for what might be useful. And I am still looking for a graphic that takes us closer to our roots. A recent site update has made some of the characters in old posts and Spanish posts go all screwy, and it needs to be fixed.

I seriously hope that this site outlives its usefulness, and that we’re not still talking about bed bugs in five or ten years.

But if we are, with your help, I will do my best to make sure this site is still there for those that need it.

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1 hopelessnomo October 9, 2007 at 1:15 am

Nobugs! Oh no, I forgot — I actually didn’t have a date, just “October” and a note to look for the date of the first post. Happy birthday to your beautiful brain child. I have such overwhelming gratitude and admiration for the extraordinary work you have done here, all words are plainly inadequate. Thank you.

2 James Buggles October 9, 2007 at 1:23 am

Congratulations on creating the best bed bug resource in the history of the world!

Happy Birthday Anniversary!

Now, I’d like to blow out the candle and make a wish: I hope this blog does not celebrate its second anniversary thanks to a silver bullet that knocks out bed bugs for another fifty years (by which time I’ll be too old to care).

Even if my wish does not come true, it’s inevitable that NoBugs will someday hang up her cleets so to speak. No one could possibly fill her shoes (even if they’re just a size 6). So let’s be thankful that one year in she’s still enthusiastic about this rather unsavory subject. Some bloggers cover fun topics and give up after just a few months.

Thank you for your hard work.

3 hopelessnomo October 9, 2007 at 2:04 am

Amen.

Just doing any one thing would be amazing: researching and writing so many essential FAQs, taking news organizations to task for misinformation, and celebrating those who get it right, providing a forum for people to share stories and information, a way to feel that they are not alone. Doing all of it for so long and with such care and empathy, we are just… very lucky.

4 nobugsonme October 9, 2007 at 2:15 am

hopelessnomo, you are one of those without whom it would not be happening. Seriously. So thank you 🙂

James, thank you–your comments are always welcome.

5 persona-non-bugga October 9, 2007 at 10:32 am

Thank you, nobugs, for all your work. You’ve built an amazing resource, and I’m so grateful that you did.

6 lieutenantdan October 9, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Nobugsonme,
Congratulations!
Your hard work and dedication is much appreciated.
You have helped all of us by providing us with info and support. I know of no other site that can even come close to bedbugger.
You have helped save our sanity too.
Happy Birthday!

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