Okay, so it’s not quite as exciting as Thanks a Million! at Country Universe, but you have to start somewhere.
Country California reaches something of a minor landmark today: 1,000 hits in its first month (36 days) of regular activity. Trivia buffs know that this blog actually started in late April, then lay mostly dormant for two months, with almost no new posts and only 27 hits. If we keep up the new pace, we’ll hit 1 million by late 2091. If you stick with me until then, I’ll buy you a pony or a Toby Keith hat that looks like it went through a meat grinder or something.
Seriously, we’re off to a great start. Big thanks are owed to:
- The 9513, which helped build initial momentum with a June 27 plug just as I was starting the blog back up and then expedited my arrival at 1,000 with another plug yesterday. Their support means a lot, as their example was one of the main things that inspired me to try my hand at this blogging thing in the first place.
- Leeann at Country Universe, who has been a prolific commenter and champion of this blog ever since she discovered it. I also have to thank her for finally getting me to check out Country Universe and the excellent work that she and Kevin do over there.
- Squinty Dan, an early supporter whose astonishingly good writing and keen wit frankly make me a little nervous. Why would anyone bother reading me when they could be reading him?
- Carolyn at Melodic Sunburst, officially the earliest known supporter of this blog (first comment, first shout-out). She also writes wonderfully and keeps folks informed about what’s going on in the indie world over at her very stylish-looking blog.
- Chris N., who is so country he brushes his teeth with mashed taters.
- Everyone who has read, commented, subscribed, shouted-out, or even just accidentally clicked on a link to this site and then left as quickly as possible. It all helps.
This is (obviously, I’m sure) a no-budget, one-man operation. I’ve never really written about country music or maintained a blog, so I’m trying to hone those skills as I go. If you don’t think the site is very good now, come back in a week or two and hopefully it will suck a little less. Improvement is the main, ongoing goal.
Speaking of which, this might be a good opportunity to invite your feedback. What’s working? What’s not working? Where should I be focusing my efforts? If you have anything to say, I want to hear it!
Also, be sure to check out Country Music Day at Photocrap.