Gosh, doesn’t time fly? Here’s some proof: Today we celebrate our 6th birthday.
It’s hard to pick a highlight out of those six years, but the one most special to us is the way our readers rallied around in May last year when without their support we would have been forced to close our doors. Thanks to our wonderful supporters we were able to meet the costs of the site’s migration to a larger server and the web-hosting fees for another year.
Nothing showed to us how much this site means to so many people. We thanked you then. We thank you again now. You are the reason we are celebrating birthday number six.
Moving along …
When we opened our doors it wasn’t exactly with a bang. On Day 8 we had a whole 48 visitors to the site! Undeterred, we marched on. We had a job to do.
Now after six years we have:
- Published 7,100 posts;
- Published 213,000 comments;
- Welcomed 10,100 commenters; and
- Attracted almost 20,000,000 site views.
While we are talking about stats, here are a couple of negative ones to include:
- Our moderators have been busy clearing 799,000 spam comments; and
- In six years there have been 260,000 malicious login attempts from hackers.
And some amazing records have been set along the way:
- The most number of visitors the site has received in one day is 218,448;
- The most views for a post is 432,000 being again for Victoria Rollison’s An Open Letter to Frances Abbott;
- The most comments for one post is 681, being for Victoria’s An Open Letter to Frances Abbott;
- Most number of articles – Rossleigh with 1,027; and
- Most number of comments – Kaye Lee with 16,325.
And our work is not yet done!
In six years we have gone from just a few authors to a proud collection of thirty-two amazing people. Added to that we have published “guest posts” from hundreds of other fantastic writers.
But The AIMN team is far larger than a fabulous collection of writers and commenters. We’ve showed you the “visible”, but what you don’t see is the “invisible”: The people who work behind the scenes. These include:
- Editors to prepare articles for publication;
- A person to enhance the Search Engine Optimisation of each article;
- A team of four who share the responsibility of promoting our articles all over Facebook;
- A person to share the articles on Twitter;
- A para-legal to review the suitability of “borderline” articles (or to suggest amendments); and
- A web developer.
We are here because of them, the authors, and you.
It’s our birthday … but you guys and gals deserve the plaudits.
We thank you truly.