Sunday, May 29, 2011

One Year Later...

Happy 1st Birthday to my Blog :)
One year ago today, I published my very first blog post, appropriately titled, "Some thoughts on the First Amendment."

It's appropriate that I started this blog with a discussion of the First Amendment, because I've had to rely on my constitutional right to free speech a few times to defend myself (here, here, and here).

I draw inspiration from the motto of RedState's Erick Erickson to "fight the left and clean up the right."  Anyone who thinks that harassing or threatening me will shut me up is sorely mistaken, and the attacks have only furthered my resolve to continue criticizing those who deserve it.

It's hasn't been all fights and challenges. There's been a lot of fun in the past year. Some highlights:

  • Being invited to be a guest on Flashpoint, local talk radio, conservative podcasts, and other media appearances. In case you haven't noticed, I'm a little (OK, very) opinionated and getting to share my thoughts and debate political topics is always a lot of fun.
  • Getting to meet so many conservative leaders and politicians over the past year, too many to list. There's really no substitute for getting to hear a candidate speak in person, unabridged and uncensored. A few minute clip of a TV interview is not the same, never mind an over-produced 30 second ad. That's why I won't ever endorse a candidate unless I've met him or her in person.
  • What I've enjoyed most of all is hearing from all of you. It's been fun getting feedback from friends or meeting new people who read the blog or follow me on twitter. I really do appreciate all your support and encouragement, and thank you for your continued interest in my little corner of the internet.

A few semi-interesting statistics about this blog...

Most viewed posts:
Top traffic sources/referring sites:
Visitors - Top Countries:
  • United States (94% of traffic is from the U.S., all other countries are <1%)
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • India
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Israel
Visitors - Top States
  • Florida (60%)
  • New York (6%)
  • District of Columbia (4%)
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
Browsers used to access this site:
  • Internet explorer - 46%
  • Firefox - 28%
  • Safari - 9%
  • Chrome - 8%
  • Mobile - 4%
Operating Systems:
  • Windows - 77%
  • Macintosh - 12%
  • iPhone - 3%
  • BlackBerry - 1%
  • Other Unix - 1%
  • Linux - 1%
  • Android - 1%
To all of you who have been there for the entire year, those of you who found me along the way, or those of you who are new readers, THANK YOU. I'm looking forward to sharing the years to come with you.

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  1. Happy Blogiversary Sarah! Keep fighting the good fight!

  2. "Blogiversary?" Heh. I like it! Thanks :)


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