Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Corner Turns 1.

If I could, I'd put a cake in front of The Corner and smear icing all over its face.

But alas, I cannot.

It's been quite a year. I'm not sure what I expected was going to come of all of this when I posted this little number on June 7, 2010, other than it would get me back in the habit of rounding up words like cattle and depositing them into the word pen.

Needless to say, things have gone better than I ever imagined. I made a bunch of new friends, I got a bunch of new readers, I signed with a literary agent, and I published a book. And for a short time in October, I was probably the most famous lawyer that no one had ever heard of.

I do love the statistics, so I'm going to stick a few in my trusty stat cannon and shoot them across the bow of the Internet.

Posts: 58 (including this one)

Blog Hits: 51,442

Number of Times My Videos Have Been Viewed: 1,952,737

Number of Times My Videos Have Been Viewed by My Mom: 1,952,716

Number of U.S. Presidents I Stayed in Same Hotel With: 1

Number of First Dogs I Scratched Behind the Ears: 1

Number of Copies of Wall Street Journal Article Featuring Me That I Purchased: 6

Number of Copies of Aforementioned WSJ Article I Know The Current Location Of: 0

Number of Tweets I've Sent: 950

Number of Books Published: 1

Number of Times I've Checked My Amazon Sales Rankings: Infinity + 1

So there you go. A little taste of the number-crunching that goes on here at The Corner.

And last but not least, I'm going to do that cheesy "it's my birthday, but I'm giving away the gifts" thing that you always see the cheap furniture discounters doing on television.

Ten random commenters who post a comment before midnight tonight, will get a coupon code for use at Smashwords.com to download their very own copy of The Jackpot for free. Smashwords carries formats compatible with all e-readers. Your comment can be about anything at all, but you must include the best book you've read or best movie you've seen in the last year. Please -- don't let me look all sad-faced and leave me hanging with fewer than ten comments. All my blogging friends will make fun of me.

OK, so that's all for now. It's been an amazing ride, thanks to all of you guys, and I hope you'll stick around for the year ahead.



  1. Best book: Beatrice and Virgil. Or possibly When We Were Orphans.

  2. Best book was obviously The Jackpot, written by some guy or another. Worst movie, again obviously, hands down The Lottery Ticket.

  3. YLlama -- thanks for the comment. Had not heard of either of these. will check them out.

    Drunko McD: clearly you are wise.

  4. Happy Birthday. Love your statistics. You've had a lot of views, shows you're gathering a following.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Lori, and thanks for the good wishes. I'm definitely thrilled by the number of people that have visited in the past year. IT's been awesome.

  6. OK, my good friends, as I was writing the last comment, I see that The Corner's 1st birthday has come to an end, as has the giveaway.

    Could you all please e-mail me at wahoocorner @ gmail . com (spaces need to be removed when you type the address), give me your emails and I will send out the coupon codes right away.

    Thanks for participating!

  7. Hey! It's only 10:36pm in California! : )
    Thanks for sharing the stats. Great to see what can be accomplished in just one year!

    Best book: The Sunday Wife, by Cassandra King
    Nonfiction: The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron

  8. Happy blog birthday, my friend. :) 51,442 views on your blog in a year??? Can I just say ... WOW. Awe and silence.

    Congrats to the winner of the contest!

  9. What? The giveaway can't be over - I just found out about it. Anyway, congratulations! I guess I'll have to check in mor frequently if I want to win something.
    Best movie in the past year: RESTREPO
    Love the stats, btw.

  10. Welcome LD27 -- thanks for the good wishes. And I'm glad you liked the stats.

    I'll probably do more giveaways in the future -- I might actually figure out how to do them properly.

    I've been meaning to check out Restrepo -- heard terrific things about it.

  11. Congrats on your first year, David! I just celebrated mine not too long ago. It's a huge accomplishment - these things are not easy to maintain. I'm excited to see what material you share in year two!

  12. Thanks Paul! It's been a great year. I'm also excited to see what else is coming down the pike (or is it pipe? pipeline? road?)