Marketmanila.com turns four years old sometime this week… I don’t remember the exact date of my first post (I did some earlier posts that were pre-dated) but the real birth date of the blog was about now. In blogging terms that makes me roughly 70-80 years old, I think, and I will need serious medication if I am to make it to 100 in blogyears! :) I continue to be pleasantly shocked by the statistics… in the first three years of this blog, it attracted a total of 5.0 million page views, and in the last year alone, another 4.3 million page views were registered for a total of 9.3 million page views. There are 1,902 posts in the archives or an average of 1.3 posts every single day for the past 1,460 days. There are just under 50,000 comments from readers from all over the world. And in a post earlier this year asking where you now call home, a record 451 of you responded in what sounded like the ultimate Mr./Ms. Universe introduction segment, see link to that post here. I continue to be amazed by all of you, and I thank you for your continued and frequent visits to the site.
So it seems like a perfect time to have an eyeball, and a lechon/insasal eyeball at that, to celebrate the blog’s 4th birthday. In less than two days some 50 or so guests will get together in an empty lot in the middle of Cebu and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Some of you will fly in from Davao, Bacolod, or Manila, or take a ferry from Ormoc or Tacloban in addiition to coming from all parts of Metro Cebu. A number of the guests at this Saturday’s eyeball were ALSO present at the first ever marketmanila eyeball here and here, and at the second eyeball contemplated and finally held at Gourdo’s here and here. The funniest part of these somewhat modern age get-togethers are the expectations readers have of how other commenters or Marketman might look physically… short, fat and old were the most common theme/expectation early on in the blog… but only those who attend eyeballs will really know for sure… :)
So forgive me if I appear distracted over the next couple of days, I will probably be totally crazed. More calories than I have ever prepared for one meal will be laid out on buffet tables for the guests and my crew. If you are coming on Saturday I sure hope you have an appetite. If you can’t make it, know that I wish you all could, no matter where in the world you are currently be based. Thanks again for being a part of the marketmanila.com family!!!