Via Negativa snapshot

Age of blog: 8 years
Total number of posts: 3,528
Total number of archive pages @ 10 posts/page: 353
Comments (since April 1, 2006): 19,051
Categories: 40
Category with the most posts: Poems & poem-like things (1,306)
Tags: 652
Series: 25
Active plugins: 15
Average page views per month: 15,000
Busiest day: October 6, 2011 (2,919 views)
Most popular post: Tree stands (15,326 views)

Total word count: 1,364,021
Average words per post: 386
Wordiest post: Festival of the Trees 1 (5,113 words)
Wordiest post that didn’t include a ton of quotes: Monsters of God (4,624 words)
Wordiest month: April 2004 (40,945 words)
Least wordy month: September 2009 (3,186 words)
Dave’s total word count: 1,288,732
Dave’s average words per post: 409
Luisa’s total word count: 55,865
Luisa’s average words per post: 152

Number of times Via Negativa has been hacked: 2
Number of times Via Negativa has moved to a new web host: 3
Via Negativa is older than: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, this mountain in Iceland, my niece Elanor, and my relationships with more than a dozen dear friends, scores of great writers and countless other interesting folks whom I’ve met through blogging.

Thanks to the WP Word Count plugin, by Brian J. Link, for all the word-count statistics.

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Fortunately, many of the blogs I follow have been around even longer, so unless or until they all fold, I’ll always feel like a youngster. :)

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  1. Woohoo, and congratulations, Dave. The blogosphere wouldn’t be the same without you. I know I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten turned onto something because you mentioned or tried it first. I consider you my “big blog-brother.” :-)

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    1. Thanks, Lorianne. VN is only older than Hoarded Ordinaries by about a week, no? But if you want to hold me in that kind of esteem, who am I argue? :) You, Leslee and he-of-the-many-pseudonyms were the first bloggers I ever met in person, so I do feel as if we’re sibling bloggers, yes.

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      1. Yes, VN is about a week older than HO, which means I always know to start thinking about my own blog-day retrospective post when I see yours. :-)

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  2. Now that is awesome stats. Congratulations, Dave. And thanks for the literary yeomanship. Bravo!

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  3. We’re the same blog-age but you’re way way *way *ahead of me in post-fidelity and post-consistency and word-count (not just many words but fine ones too).

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  4. Is it really eight years? How amazing. Congratulations, and thanks for being here :-) That’s some statastic geekiness. Twenty-five series!

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    1. Thanks. I thought you’d enjoy some of those stats. Obviously I don’t display links to all series, the earliest of which date to 2004.

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  5. Eight years. That is some stalwart marching, Dave. Proud of you! (Hey, proud to know you, too!)

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    1. Thanks, Marly. Likewise. (I’ll bet you’ve written even more words than I have over that same time-span!)

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      1. Dunno. Maybe you’ve got a fat novel under your pillow…

        But I have dragged more smallish people through homework!

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  6. Grizzled, eh? I’m a thankful reader who caught on, if not early, in earnestness.

    Happy birthday, VN & Dave, & thank you for the ribald, odd, poetic & entertaining posts. And all others, too. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Deb. I’m grateful for your kind thoughts and attentive readership. (And also for the swell knit cap which I still wear daily throughout the colder months!)

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