Friday, November 18, 2016

Love Our Lurkers! A Half a Million Thank Yous!

We have Bonnie at http://bottomsmarts.blogspot.com to thank for Love Our Lurkers Day, and Hermione at http://hermionesheart.blogspot.com/ for taking it over. Every year we get a chance to thank you, our faithful readers, for hanging out, checking out our pics, and (hopefully) reading our words. This year marks the fourth anniversary of Black & Blue and, amazingly enough, our blog has reached 500,000 page views!

Here we are again. Seven years ago I said "thanks, lurkers!" for the first time on my original blog, Dark Musing. Man, a lot has happened since then, most notably the start of this blog that Lizzie and I have enjoyed making month after month for all of you.

As our intro states, we have had half a million page views. The counter clicked over to that number just a few days ago. We are always excited about the number of people that come and visit our site and are always fascinated by the statistics of where people are coming from, how long they stay, and what they read (or look at). (Yay, Google Analytics!)

But I'm a bit gobsmacked by the stat. 500,000 page views! Goodness, y'all. You're either eager to read our side-by-side views of the kink scene, our place in it, our experiences, and our D/s, or you simply love looking at Lizzie's smacked bottom. Either way, thanks.

Thanks to those of you who come for a few seconds just to perv on the latest bottom redness.

Thanks to you Fellow Kinksters who actually stay to read.

Thanks to few who actually comment.

But thanks most of all to our lurkers, who make up the majority of our traffic.

We strive to come up with original content—both in terms of our his/hers perspectives on things, but also in terms of new ideas for entertaining posts. We aren't a "diary blog" per-se. We consider our blog a "channel" and thus try to program it with stuff we know and hope you all will want to read and see.

So thanks! A half a million thanks to be exact!
We know that Lurkers make up the majority of our visitors. Of course, we’re thrilled that you’re here to take a look at our pictures and read the things we’ve written. And we’d love to hear from you - leave a comment or drop us a line by email or message on FetLife or Tumblr.

This year, “Love Our Lurkers” meets another milestone for us - half a million page views. Seeing such a statistic always leads me to Google Analytics, where I pour over the wealth of information provided and wonder about the people behind the numbers.

Google has added a feature that tracks the activity of individual users - while keeping them anonymous, of course. It’s fun to see the people who discover our blog and spend more than half an hour reading through old posts. It’s even more fun to see that some of those people return to read each time we post something new.

Seeing the number of people who stop in for less than 10 seconds on Thursday or Friday when we haven’t posted something new makes me feel bad. We’ve made a habit of posting on those days, so I’m sure they are coming back in hopes of finding something new. When we have a new post, they stay longer to read it. We do our best to keep up with posting, but it can be hard.

Thank you for stopping by - today and every other day. I hope you find something you’re looking for here: a fun picture, an interesting story, or the knowledge that there are other kinky folks out there.

And remember, we’d love to hear from you!

18 comments:

  1. Hello I'm not exactly a lurker as just found your name on Hermiones list. Have a fun LOL day and hope you hear form heaps of new readers.
    Hugs Lindy

    DOWNUNDER DREAMING

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    1. By "not exactly a lurker" you mean you're not a reader? For shame! ;-) Thanks for the comment. Hope you like what you see/read, Fellow Kinkster.

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    2. Great to hear from you, Lindy! I hope you like what you've found here enough to come back again (or look through our old posts - I may be biased, but I think there's some fun and interesting stuff there).

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  2. Happy LOL-Day, Lizzie and Craig!

    I am still a regular reader of your blog but don't manage to post any comments these days. Always enjoy reading about your thoughts on kinky topics and your exploits, though!

    Warm greetings from Germany,
    Kaelah

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    1. Thanks, Kaelah. Glad you're still with us.

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    2. We love our readers, whether they comment or not. Great to hear from you, Kaelah!

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  3. I've lurked before. I thought your candy spanking video was really fun by the way! I know it can be difficult working hard on something and not getting much feed back. Hope more people come out of the shadows and say hello.

    Keep up the great work!
    willie

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    1. Thank you, willie/Wilma. We appreciate the feedback.

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    2. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the candy video - it's probably my favorite. We had such a good time making it.

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  4. Hi Craig and Lizzie and happy LoL Day! Congratulations on your first half million visitors. Your content and the side by side narration style are unique and appealing, both to readers and to those fans who think that red is definitely Lizzie's color. Either way, your blog is wonderful and I appreciate you both sharing your adventures.

    Hugs,
    Bonnie

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. You're always sweet with your comments. Thanks for checking in. We'll keep writing and posting pics. Hopefully we'll get another half million pageviews.

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    2. Thanks so much, Bonnie! It's great to hear from you.

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  5. Hi Craig & Lizzie, I am one of those regular visitors who pops in for a little while and just as quickly fades away. What I love is reading the same true life adventures but from 2 sides. Always interesting reading. I agree with Bonnie that red, or even a scarlet, is Lizzie's colour.
    Happy LOL day

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    1. Thanks for commenting--and lurking--Downunder Don. I agree with both of you. Red looks good on Lizzie!

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    2. Great to hear from you, Downunder Don. I hope you continue to enjoy our blog!

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  6. Hi you two! I know I'm a few days late, but still want to leave a comment. I don't often have time to look at spanking blogs (I'm in my last year of college so I don't have a whole lot of time), but when I do I like to check this one. It's always so cute and sweet and just makes me feel good. Hope you two are doing well!
    - Taylor

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    1. Thanks for the note, Taylor! It's great to hear from our readers. I hope your last year of school is going well and that you aren't as swamped by it as I seem to be this semester!

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    2. Thanks Taylor for your kind words.

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