First of all, this is a day late. Or two. But as my wife will testify, that is sometimes when I remember anniversaries. Or Birthdays.
But on Monday, had a bit of a milestone. 7 years. 7 years writing this little blog.
I started this blog in 2006 after months of fighting breed-specific legislation in several area communities. At the time, I felt like there was a limited amount of information available on fighting breed-specific laws, including suprisingly few cases studies. So I started this blog as a depository of information about our fight here in the Kansas City area, and for me to post what I learned in hopes it would be beneficial to others.
In the early months, not many people read this blog. I'm probably thankful for that. Some of the early stuff wasn't very good. A really high traffic day happened when a link got posted on a chat board. Facebook, by far my largest traffic driver now, wasn't even open to the public yet.
A lot has changed in the past 7 years.
Because of this blog I've gotten to meet a lot of great people. Many are doing amazing things in their own communities. Some are kind of celebrities. Some are actual celebrities of the canine-variety. I've been invited to speak at several conferences. We've repealed a few breed bans. Two years ago we started a process to take over our city animal shelter and to end the killing.
And I've written on this blog. A lot. In total I've written more than 2000 blog posts, had more than 1.5 million page views and nearly 12,000 comments. I've learned a lot from many of the commenters. Thanks for that. There also are a lot more great blogs out there than there were 7 years ago. I love their voices, and perspectives.
I'm happy that I've been able to stick with the blog. Most blogs rack up about a dozen posts and fade into oblivion. Maybe I'm more stubborn than most. But I have enjoyed it. And it has inspired me to keep reading and learning and hopefully sharing.
Thanks for reading. Sharing. Inspiring. Commenting and being a part of my little corner of the internet. And thanks to my wife who patiently (or sometimes not patiently) tolerates the time I spend here and her many great thoughts that have made me sound smarter than I am here.
So happy anniversary. To me. Late.