RetroHound is 5 Years Old!

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Five years ago today, November 9, 2008, RetroHound’s first post went up! And we’re still here! In all that time I’ve never gone more than a week without posting (ok, sometimes an 8-day week). Hard to believe I own this much crap and there’s so much more! Other than albums and an occasional piece of ephemera, I really haven’t bought anything collectible in 25 years.

Stats:

RetroHound’s either had 493,523 pageviews or 407,517 (depending on who you believe, Worpress stats or Google Analytics respectively). Averaging around 550 views per day (average grows every year), with a total of 224,000 unique visitors. Most of my traffic comes from search engines and most of that seems to come from image searches. Not much of a surprise there, as I don’t usually post much in the way of text. Retrohound ranks pretty high on an awful lot of searches and that really pleases me.

Struggles lately:

I hope to keep this thing going for another 20 years or more. The wind’s been taken out of my sails lately though. With Webshots closing, most of my pictures will disappear off my posts, and that’s been a huge bummer. I got a Flickr account, but now I have to move all the pics and re-post them and I’m not completely happy with Flickr’s layout and flexibility. How can you rearrange pics there? I’ve considered going back to Blogger for the followers and ease of commenting, but, who knows.

My most popular posts are:

Comments about Comments:

Besides the family of the water bag, I’ve had comments from Laurie Steen Killingsworth, a member of Jesus Music band New Folk, and Staci Layne Wilson, the daughter of The Ventures guitarist Don Wilson and model Buni Bacon/Nancy Wilson!

Shout Outs:

It’s been a great 5 years, met many cool people along the way. The blogs that send me the most traffic are RetroSpace, LP Cover Lover, and my good buddy at Starland (formerly Bunched Undies). Another good friend to mention here is Jesse at Just A Car Guy who’s offered to by the first round if we should ever cross paths in the real world.

Collecting:

I’ve sold off a bunch of stuff, either through people contacting me through the blog, or a booth I recently got at a local antique mall, or on eBay. BTW, did you know collecting is a disorder of the brain? Though Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collectingquotes a study that claims it’s caused by low levels of serotonin. A few shots of my collections.


Soda Pop Bottle Collection
Belt Buckle Collection

So, this has probably gone on long enough. Thanks to all my readers! Look for some giveaways in the next few weeks! And if you made it this far, leave a comment! Let me know what you like and/or don’t like. What would you like to see more of?

5 Responses “RetroHound is 5 Years Old!”

  1. Bunchie says:

    Congratulations my friend! 5 years is an accomplishment. Thanks for all the cool stuff you’ve posted over the years.
    Bunchie´s last blog post ..Days of Future Passed: The Perils of Do-It-Yourself Part 3

  2. Carol says:

    I use Google Reader and usually just view blog posts in the reader – esp if they are just pictures – and I wonder if those views go into your stats? I don’t use Google Analytics though so I don’t know what info you get from that.

    Congrats on 5 years!!
    Carol´s last blog post ..Home Sweet Home: 7 Days to Live

  3. Thanks Bunchie.

    Carol, I don’t think Google Reader stats count in Analytics or WP Stats. About 81 subscribers on GR right now, so if I add +-80 views for each post, that would really bump my numbers up!

  4. Carol says:

    Some people use blocking extensions too – I used Ghostery for a while – that block Google Analytics and WordPress Stats so that’s a bunch more people that won’t show up! Your views could be in the thousands and you wouldn’t even know it :)
    Carol´s last blog post ..Home Sweet Home: 7 Days to Live

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