An Inventory of Animal Inventory
Posted by lisagbrown on August 1, 2009
This entry marks the 100th posting since the start of Animal Inventory. And, with appropriate synchronicity, this 100th entry also marks — nearly to the day — the two-year anniversary of Animal Inventory’s very first post (August 5, 2007).
When I first started Animal Inventory, my audience was mostly family and friends. I averaged about 20 hits per month. Yet over the past two short years, Animal Inventory’s readership has grown at an amazing rate. Last July 2008 (one year after its inception) Animal Inventory had 700 readers that month. To mark Animal Inventory’s first anniversary I, along with local producer Hannah Pillemer, launched Animal Inventory TV, a Web show that honors the unique relationships between people and animals. The show (currently on hiatus) has had a viewership thus far of nearly 6000 views for the three inaugural episodes.
But nothing could have prepared me for the rapid growth over the last year. Readership has continued to increase steadily with each passing month and for July 2009 ALONE, Animal Inventory had more than 4800 visitors. That’s a 650% increase since July 2008’s 700 visitors! What’s more, many readers take the time to explore the blog, clicking on past postings, the recommended list, and my bio. On the average day, Animal Inventory receives between 150-250 visitors, an average that rises when a new post goes up. In addition to visitors from every corner of the United States, the blog has had visitors from England, Austria, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Vietnam, Canada, Norway, Belgium, France, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, Hungary and Brazil — and this list represents today, August 1st, alone! Over the course of the last two years, visitors have come from too many countries to name, and have requested translations from Google Translate in many different languages.
I am sharing this information with you simply because I am astonished — and so pleased — with the growth of Animal Inventory. I started this blog with very simple and humble expectations — namely, to organize my thoughts about the subject of animals in popular culture. I hoped that some animal studies scholars and general animal lovers might read it on occasion, but I never could have anticipated the loyalty of my readers, the professional friendships that would arise as a result of the blog, and the positive feedback I would get from varying animal-related communities and individual animal lovers.
Animal Inventory continues to be one of my most fulfilling projects. I’ve got a few plans for the future to keep the site and it’s contents fresh and informative. Here are just a few:
- I’m currently seeking a designer to help create a unique and identifiable logo that matches the theme of the blog. If you or someone you know might be interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- Relatedly, I’m considering doing a website redesign to make the blog a bit sleeker, more user-friendly, and more up-to-date.
- I’m thinking about publishing a collection of Animal Inventory’s most popular entries in book format.
And finally, I have just launched Animal Inventory’s Facebook page. This page will enable me to post links to artists, news and content that may be of interest to Animal Inventory readers — even when I don’t have time to write a full blog posting. This will bring all the best of animals in pop culture — right to your Facebook news feed. Plus, you’ll be the first to know when there’s a new posting on the blog. Simply click the link below and click “become a fan” to start receiving Animal Inventory updates:
And, as always, thank you so very much for reading Animal Inventory.