The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

June 6, 2009

It’s My Two Year Blogiversary

Filed under: Site Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 12:42 am

On June 6th 2007, an unassuming little Blog by the name of The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0 popped up on, one of millions on the site.  As such, for quite a while it remained in relative obscurity, but as time has gone on and I have continued to write and develop it, the site  has become…  Well…  Somewhat less obscure anyway.  Although I have never really harbored any delusions of ever becoming rich and famous off of this stuff (well OK, ,maybe one or two of those somewhere along the line) and this Blog is nowhere near the big leagues.  Nonetheless, I can see that there is a small but growing audience of regular readers out there (some of whom I might not even be related to)  reading this site, and if I have not yet had the chance to do so previously, I would like to thank everyone for their continued visits and patronage of the site, and I hope you will continue to visit. 

To be honest, the immediate to semi-immediate future is somewhat uncertain for me right now so I can’t say for sure which direction all of this will be headed as I continue into the site’s upcoming third year, but I do intend to continue writing here on a regular basis (or something resembling one) and as long as I am around to do so I do intend to actually pick up on the malls project again at some point.  I would also like to try to sort out the Recycled Newspaper stuff and try to get some sort of regular schedule for those posts, but since they tend to be time and research intensive to produce I need to determine what that will be, and if it might be necessary to scale the posts down somewhat in order to make them a bit easier to put out (I would be interested to get feedback on that if anyone out there has any.)  There’s an awful lot of stuff out there that has yet to find its way onto the Internet in any form, so I don’t anticipate running out of material anytime soon.  Unfortunately, that also means that there’s not really any way to find it without just grabbing a roll of microfilm out of the cabinet and hoping to hit something interesting as you scroll through it, but once I do find stuff it’s a lot easier to go from there.

Anyway, just in case anyone out there happens to be interested in any of this (and because I’d like to have this information to refer back to later on,) I thought I’d go ahead and do another quick drop of some of my Blog stats from the past year.  WordPress has actually done a pretty good job of making this data more accessible over the course of the last year, including the addition of stat tables, which I have pasted a couple of below.  If you don’t have any interest in this stuff, I thank you once again for your patronage, and direct you to the post below.  If for some odd reason you DO have an interest in this stuff, here you go:

  • Total posts: 339 (Including this one)
  • Total comments: 481
  • Total Views since June 6th, 2007:  85,360
  • Total Views since June 6th, 2008:  64,545
  • Total Views since January 1st, 2009:  29,521
  • Busiest day: 722 — November 13, 2008 (Most of the hits on this day came from, which I believe had been linked by an article in the Wall Street Journal that day.)


Total Hits per Month:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2007           108 617 313 694 1,117 1,224 1,473 5,546
2008 2,610 2,254 2,216 4,731 2,885 4,590 5,402 5,542 4,094 5,464 6,129 4,293 50,210
2009 5,638 6,355 5,717 5,606 5,402 803             29,521

Average Hits per Day

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Overall
2007           4 20 10 23 36 41 48 27
2008 84 78 71 158 93 153 174 179 136 176 204 138 137
2009 182 227 184 187 174 160             189


Top 10 Posts from the Past Year:

2008-06-06 to Today

Title Views  
Retail Wasteland – A Tour of the Totem Lake Mall 9,432
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of the Factoria Mall  3,379
A Tour of Crossroads Bellevue – Part 1:  The Mall 2,804
Classical Gas – Abandoned Route 66 Gas Stations 2,774
My Very Nearly Award-Winning Chili Recipe, and Other Deep Dark Secrets  1,731
The Beginning and the End of the Old Bellevue Safeway 1,493
The Redmond Costco Moves Forward 1,250
Factoria Mall Redevelopment Update: The Beginning is Near 1,192
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of The Everett Mall 1,104
Guaranteed to Bring You More Senior Moments or Your Money Back 955

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