One year ago today, the Friends of Jake went live as a blog. We were part of the diaspora after the closure of our previous bloghome, "Fr Jake Stops the World", and we are a group blog of 5 contributors, who also have our own individual blogs. Thanks to all of you, I think it's been fairly successful. We average around 200-250 visitors a day, and have at times had very spirited commentary; that's around 50,000 visitors in the space of a year. (Our counter did not go up until late in 2008, so it's not quite accurate).
Others in the diaspora have had varied styles and success. But I particularly want to call out James, at The Three Legged Stool (TTLS), whose blog has focused more on spiritual and church issues. James has had over 180,000 visitors to his blog! If you haven't been there, go!
Since many people access the blogs through readers, all these counts underestimate the total "eyes" on the material.
So, Happy Birthday, US of A. And Happy Birthday to the Friends of Jake blog, and a joyful holiday to all Friends of Jake.
See you in Anaheim!