It's been a great year here at Propnomicon and I wanted to thank all of you for making it possible.
The blog is now into it's third year of life. It began as a place to share some of the "Call of Cthulhu" and Lovecraftian prop resources I thought people would enjoy. Posting was a bit spotty for the first year, but steadily increased from once or twice a month to more or less weekly as I became more comfortable with the format and more astute at finding interesting material.
Things really started to pick up after I decided to do the first "At the Mountains of Madness" patch back in 2008. In hindsight that project is a natural progression from posting my paper props, but at the time it was more than a little risky. I knew I wanted it, but I wasn't sure if anyone else would. More importantly, could I afford to risk the equivalent of my car payment paying for it? Luckily, despite me having what could charitably be called "limited" design and artistic skills at the time, the response was positive. Since then I've been able to work on even more obscure props, steadily improving the quality of each offering.
Thanks to the popularity of those projects, as well as a decision I made earlier this year to update on a daily basis, traffic here has grown pretty consistently. The first two months of Propnomicon's existence, back in October and November of 2007, saw it get 22 visitors. No, not 22 a day. 22 for the entire two month span. Things had improved considerably by the start of 2009, but it wasn't until the last quarter of this year that things really took off. Here are my SiteMeter stats for the year:
Those are trivial numbers compared to a mainstream site like Gizmodo that gets three million hits a day, but for a blog focused on a relatively obscure area of interest I'm overjoyed at the response. To give you an idea of just how niche Propnomicon is, the most popular post this year dealt with what kind of binoculars and tape measures the "At the Mountains of Madness" expedition would have used. Not exactly something that sets Google Trends on fire, my friends. No, that's hardcore, otaku-grade geek territory...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
So thanks for a wonderful year. I'm happy to have had the opportunity to get to know many of you on a personal basis and wish you all the best for 2010.