The first 10,000 visitors

My blog count of visitors is about to hit 10,000! (That’s blog hits, not 10,000 unique visitors.) As I’m writing, the count is at 9,095. Some days my blog hits top 100, so I expect the count to roll over to 10,000 within the next 10 days. I’ll be optimistic and predict that the rollover will occur on April 18, 2010.

I started this blog last year in October, so I’m pretty excited about getting 10,000 blog hits already. And if you click on the visitor map on the sidebar, you’ll see that I’ve had visitors from 113 countries. Amazing. I suspect many of them are kids looking for photos for school reports, but it’s hard to tell when so many people visit and so few leave a comment.

For some reason, my post last year on October 30 on “Harvesting lettuce and broccoli in the Salinas Valley” remains my most popular post. In that post, I talked about the agriculture tour that I took with Evan Oaks in Monterey ( I wonder if the popularity of that post is due to the video of the workers harvesting broccoli. The workers followed a tractor pulling a platform where other workers wrapped up the produce. If you haven’t seen that video, here it is again.

So as we climb to the magic number of the first 10,000 visitors, where do you fit in? Are you the 10,000th visitor?

(To read more of Lou Murray’s environmental writing, see her weekly column, Natural Perspectives, in the Huntington Beach Independent at )

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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10 Responses to The first 10,000 visitors

  1. Kathy Stevens says:

    I follow you avidly in the HB Independent, too, and also pass those on to my daughter in Santa Ana. She’s thinking of aquiring a few hens (probably hopes her eight year old son will assume most of the hen’s housekeeping chores….LOL!)


    • Oh, I’m glad that you read our column in the Independent, Kathy. Good luck on getting your grandson to take care of chickens. Speaking of which, it’s time for me to go clean the coop. Again. VBS. Those eggs do have a price.


  2. vrtlaricaana says:

    I just checked my stats and is says 17.588. But that’s hits, not unique visitors.
    I know that most of those hits are from Croatia and neighboring countries, googling their way to my blog. As there is not too many webpages in Croatian on gardening topic, it does appear a lot in google searches.

    And I agree totally with you that it’s too bad that more people don’t leave comments, so you have some kind of feedback.


  3. Turling says:

    Congratulations. I’m still looking to hit 10. Kidding, of course. Job well done.


  4. Barbara says:

    I always enjoy your blog and would be honored to be number 10,000! Barbara


  5. Thomas says:

    Thanks for reposting the video. I hadn’t seen it before. Very interesting. Amazing the amount of labor modern day farming still requires…and as we we can see from the video, back breaking work.


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