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  • 08 Aug 2009

    Happy Birthday Blog!

    This blog is one year old today. I made my first post on the 8th of August last year, and one year and 1,314 posts later, it’s still going.

    It’s been fun – but time consuming! When I started I didn’t realse how time consuming it would become, but as more people started to read it, it became a vague pressure to post regularly. I feel a weird responsibility to the people who read it regularly, and start to feel guilty if I haven’t posted anything, even for one day. I started it just as a way to give the Pantibar site some life and interactivity, but it has taken on a  life of it’s own, beyond it’s original purpose.

    I guess the first time I realised that was when I posted an angry rant about the poor turn out for the marriage equality rally. The response to that post really surprised me, which I first became aware of from the huge number of comments that were left. Then I satrted to see the post being reproduced on other sites, and in the end, I think that post seemed to help light a fire under the campaign for marriage equality in this country that is still burning. That was not at all what I was expecting when I wrote it and I realised that the blog  was suddenly more than I had anticipated it to be.

    In some ways, it’s taken over my life! Whenever I see something interesting, or discover something new, I immediately think, “I must blog that”. Sometimes my friends will tell me stuff, and than say, “Don’t blog that!”

    But it’s helped me too. I’ve found that writing for the blog can crystalise my thoughts, and then those things seep into my other work. My new stage show, for example,  definitely benefited from things I’d written about on the blog.

    It’s encouraged me to take more photographs too, which I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed. Walking with Penny has become an on-going photography project. They may not be very good, taken with my phone, but I have fun taking them.

    And I’ve benefited from the interaction with you, the readers. I enjoy the comments, and the instant gratification that comes from reading responses to something you’ve just written or posted.  And I enjoy all the stuff you send me – keep them coming.  I’ve learnt a few things!

    The number of visitors has been growing steadily over the year. The first month there were only a few people reading it, but last month...

    There were 31,000 visits

    From just over 11,000 visitors

    Single day visitors varied from 653 to 3015

    Visitors came from 94 different countries

    Ireland accounted for 19,756 of those

    USA  2,968 visitors

    UK 2,777 visitors

    Right down to places like Kuwait, Georgia, Bangladesh, Liberia.... that sent 1 visitor.

    The most popular post last month was this one. (which was linked to by a few sites in the US)

    And these are some of the Google searches that brought people to the blog:

      Mateus Pantibar

      Eileen dunnes glass eye

      Annoying japanese girls

      Brenda Power turnip

      Is Derek Mooney gay?

      Naked Brazilian

      Pantibar blasphemy

     

    Thanks for reading. It’s been fun.

     

     

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    • Posted By Brian 11 Aug 2009 00:27

      I've only just started reading your blog in the last month and I must say I was never into blogs before this one, but it's completely got me hooked. My daily internet routine now consists of checking emails, facebook and panti's blog. It's very entertaining and very informative, a must read for the Irish gay! Congratulations!

    • Posted By davedesslock 09 Aug 2009 13:33

      I've really enjoyed this blog a lot over the past year. It's informative, entertaining, very clever and a lot of fun! Here's to many more years of Panti's Blog Job! :)

    • Posted By P'Lo 09 Aug 2009 13:03

      Congrats chicken! XX

    • Posted By Brian 09 Aug 2009 11:02

      Its just another success story based on your immense talent, personality! People will only read and intereact with a blog if it means something to them and the effort you put into it shows and is welcomed by all your readers....the poor single visitor from Liberia....we gotta find out who he/she is! (free holiday!)

    • Posted By Jamiecakes 09 Aug 2009 07:16

      Is it wrong that this is my mozilla homepage *sigh* always has amazing stuff, a perfect dolly mixture of serious news, hilarious stuff and then just plain freaky shit!!! May it never end....Happy Burfdeh xxx

    • Posted By Polomint 09 Aug 2009 01:59

      I love your Blog. I always look forward to seeing what you have posted. Keep up the great work and Happy Birthday Blog!

    • Posted By CP 09 Aug 2009 01:50

      The reason the internet was invented. Looooooooooooooooooove this blog. X

    • Posted By valentina 09 Aug 2009 01:18

      happy blogiversary! love ya xxx

    • Posted By impala 08 Aug 2009 21:03

      It's our number one news source here on Sharon street.

    • Posted By CB 08 Aug 2009 20:38

      My favourite website. Happy Birthday and thanks a million! x

    • Posted By Peter 08 Aug 2009 18:52

      Happy birthday! The blog is the first thing I read in the morning and the last thing I read at night. Never stop! x

    • Posted By squirl 08 Aug 2009 18:37

      Happy Birthday, Darling. But Brenda is STILL waiting for her turnip.

    • Posted By CiarĂ¡n 08 Aug 2009 18:30

      Happy Birthday ... love this blog, I hope it keeps dishing out! x

    • Posted By Simon 08 Aug 2009 18:24

      Happy Birthday Panti's Blog Job. I read you everyday - LOVE IT Keep it coming

    • Posted By Alan 08 Aug 2009 18:10

      Easily the most entertaining and interesting blog in the country. Always brightens up my day :-)

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