August 5 marks the 2nd anniversary of The Vegas Solo, the blog. (The website itself was created in the spring of 2010, but I didn’t get the blog up and running until August.) While there are weeks when I wonder what the hell I was thinking to create a second blog when my day job and my first blog kept me plenty busy enough, I have to admit, connecting with other people who love Las Vegas as much as I do has been well worth it.
This past week, for instance, I was able to meet up with my two favorite Vegas podcasters, Tim and Michele Dressen of Five Hundy by Midnight. They are just as smart, funny and incredibly nice in person as you would expect them to be. Thanks again for a great evening, Michele and Tim!
And thank you all for being interested enough in what I have to say that you read regularly, comment, hang out over on my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter. The emails I’ve received over the past two years from some of you are much appreciated. I’d like to give a huge shout-out to my guest bloggers over the past two years:
- Tim Dressen (The Cocktail Bars of Fremont East)
- JoAnna Haugen (Solo Hiking Near Las Vegas)
- Jason Hussong (Feeling Social? Try Table Games)
- Janice Miller (A Solo Traveler Tours Las Vegas)
- Emily Brown (Emily’s Solo Vegas Adventure)
- Brian Tucker (Hotel Review: The Plaza)
And more thanks to some folks who have contributed Vegas hotel reviews to my site: Brian Tucker, Edward Terry, and Megan Riley.
I thought you might find the following stats interesting:
- Approximately 7,500 of you visit monthly.
- You look at about 2.66 pages per visit.
- The top four regions of the world that you come from are (in order): The U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia.
- This is purely anecdotal on my part, but based solely on comments, it seems I have a much larger male readership on this blog than I do on SoloFriendly. Interesting.
What are some of the posts that stand out the most over the past two years?
Most Controversial Post
I sort of expected that this topic would have strong opinions for and against, and boy was I right. It obviously touched a raw nerve with some people.
Based on low traffic numbers and comments/feedback, I’d have to say my biggest flop was the time I was live-blogging during my Christmas trip in 2010. Aside from the fact that it sucked up huge amounts of my vacation time, those blog posts don’t really stand the test of time very well. It was an experiment on my part, and I got my answer. I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.
The Top 5 Posts of All Time
Apparently, a lot of you are cheap, non-smoking carnivores. What a coincidence–so am I!
Would you agree with those? Or did you have another favorite? Any surprises there? I have to admit, I was really surprised that the prime rib post beat out the other two food posts. Who knew so many people were looking for advice about where to eat prime rib in Las Vegas? That’s one of the coolest things about blogging–sometimes, it’s very unpredictable.
One last reminder: Don’t forget, we’ve got the second annual Vegas Solo Meetup coming up on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. If you’re going to be in Las Vegas, I’d love to see you there! In the meantime, I hope I keep seeing you here. Thanks for making the last two years so much fun they’ve flown by!