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.
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.