Marketmanila passed the 2,000th post a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t even notice it at the time. I was thrilled when I managed to make 500 posts, here, and a bit more surprised when I got to a 1,000, here, but I did wonder at that point if I would ever make it to 2,000 or if the well of ideas would run dry… When I hit 1,000 posts in February 2007, this blog was 26 months old and readers logged on 2.7 million views from the day it was started. Two years later, I have managed to write another 1,000 posts (some serious, many food related, some silly, and others incendiary), keeping up a pace of 1.33 posts per day on average, for the last 4 years, and in the past two years, another 7.6 million page views were registered, for a total of 10 million plus since I started. Of course many millions of those page views were people who just lost their way to the blog and have never come back, but some 5,000-7,000 of you visit everyday or fairly often, logging in some 18,000 page views on a normal weekday. The numbers do amaze me, and I am stunned when they are reviewed in retrospect…
So I was even more amused, when I noticed I was linked in to a ranking of the Top 50 Filipino Blogs over at PinoyMoneyTalk, and it seems that during the last quarter of 2008, marketmanila.com was ranked the 22nd most visited Filipino blog, by Alexa rankings. Most of the other top blogs are computer gaming blogs, technology blogs, gossip blogs, portals or group sites, artista blogs, so it was a surprise to see marketmanila.com on that list. And marketmanila.com was the second largest gainer, rising 15 places on the ranking from the third quarter of 2008!
In the end, this isn’t a silly numbers game. It’s a personal and totally non-commercial blog. And I am just amazed by the number of “guests” it plays host to on a daily basis. The marketmanila.com community of readers is a special one, and I thank you all for coming back again and again. Marketman’s virtual “dining table” has grown by leaps and bounds, and only very rarely does an odd interloper come to dinner and I have to take out a fishpan and bop them on the head for shoddy manners. I hope I can continue to write and keep you amused, but for now, let me just say a big “thank you” from Marketman, family and crew!!! :)