There are many ways to celebrate an anniversary. In this particular case no champagne will be sipped, no cake and ice cream devoured, and no candles lit. There are however always gifts to be exchanged.
At least every other day for the past two years, I have posted articles about people, places and events in New Hampshire history. Although it has been suggested that I redirect this energy to writing books instead, I continue to give freely of my time and research to my readers throughout the world (my gift to you).
And in return, I daily am reminded how small the world really is, how closely related we all are to each other (your gift to me). I have also learned that history has a tendency to repeat itself.
During the past two years the number of blog visitors has grown exponentially. Sitemeter reported that 8,291 unique visitors read Cow Hampshire in January of 2008. Just a year ago (January 2007) this site had 3,610 unique visits. Both then and now about 80% of the visitors are brand new to Cow Hampshire.
A keyword search using the Google search engine is the most popular method of arriving here. Between 11 AM and 8 PM is the most popular time to visit.
The top three (all-time most popular) articles viewed this year were:
– Francestown New Hampshire Motorcycle Inventor: Sylvester Howard Roper (1823-1896)
– Webster New Hampshire Author and Illustrator: Tashua Tudor aka Starling (Burgess) McCready (1915-living)
– Gilmanton New Hampshire Serial Killer: Herman Webster Mudgett (1861-1896)
Since Cow Hampshire's inception in March of 2006, 827 articles have been posted, 335 photographs shared, and 1518 comments added. I want to acknowledge (and thank) those who read and comment on my articles, as you help me to discover additional information about the topic, and what subjects people find interesting (or not).
The cow in my banner has worn 11 outfits this year with the following themes: irish, spring, thanksgiving, beach-goer, wintry day, vote, Christmas, new years, Halloween, valentine, and nekkid flagwaver.
“I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought I'd rather dance with the cows until you come home. ” (Groucho Marx)
-Cow Hampshire: Celebrating One Year of Blogging About New Hampshire-