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1 Year Of Sweetness & Light – A Look Back

How time flies. August 15, 2006 is the one year anniversary of Sweetness & Light.

A perusal of the archives shows the topics we have covered over the past year: Cindy Sheehan, Katrina, the Veterans For Peace scams, the Iraq War, Wilson and Plame, the cartoon riots, national security leaks, Haditha — and most of the other pressing issues of the day.

All in all, it's been a year crammed with incident. And along the way the place has steadily grown.

Behold the statistics provided by Alexa (which only tracks users who have downloaded their toolbar) for the year:

Alexa actually shows much more radical peaks and valleys than our web host's figures show. Which suggests they are tracking the more casual visitors.

Our bandwidth usage since last March (when we moved to the current host) shows much more steady growth:

According to our host’s statistics S&L currently averages more than 50,000 hits a day. And it has reached more than 200,000 a day at times.

In the last year there have been roughly 1,131 articles posted, and 31,480 comments. Which averages out to 27.8 comments per article. Which, bizarrely, has been the rate almost from the very start.

More than 12,500 people have registered. Which is amazing, given that you only need to sign up to make a comment. And more than 700 sites now link to S&L.

Ann Coulter was the first to link here, and many of the earliest and most faithful readers are due to her. Her site, The American Thinker and Lucianne have always been the site's top three referrers.

I want to thank them and everyone else who has helped Sweetness & Light along the way.

I especially want to thank everyone who takes the time to send in news tips, and those who post their insightful and entertaining comments.

You make this site what it is.

You and Karl Rove.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 14th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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