Incite -- (v) 1: give an incentive; 2: provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; 3: urge on; cause to act
Saturday, July 17, 2004

Written by: Beck

Today, INCITE received its 10,000th unique visitor.  Ordinarily I think I'd use this milestone as an excuse to lobby every high profile... and mid profile... and ok, everyone on the planet who has a blog... as I was saying, lobby everyone to link me and send some traffic my way in celebration.  But this is a weekend, so traffic is going to be craptastic anyway.  Actually, I haven't entirely ruled out launching a massive bout of link-whorage.  Ya know, the more I think about it, the more I like the idea.  Maybe I'll just float a trial balloon with Instapundit and see what happens.
Regardless, it took just over 4 months to get this far.  Hopefully, a further 4 months down the road will see much better.  That shouldn't be too hard, what with how March saw only 1,049 visitors.  Any way you slice it, though, it's been a hell of a 4 months.  Those months have seen the number of writers here grow from 2 to 5, they've seen the hosting of a Bonfire of the Vanities (a monumental flop, bringing in barely over 100 unique visitors).  They've seen a whole shitload of writing, much of it utterly unworth the time, most of it someday doomed to oblivion, but all of it worth the effort.  Well, with the possible exception of this monstrosity which just goes to show that you should never drink and blog. 
Not that this is some sort of Academy Award acceptance speech, but there are a few people I need to thank.  First, JeffG at Protein Wisdom is responsible for 946 of the 10,000 people who have been here.  He has been by far the biggest referrer to this site, to say nothing of his influence on my approach to writing & blogging.  Second, I'd like to thank Mr. Roach of mansizedtarget.  You'll notice his site at the top of my blogroll.  He's a friend in the real world, and was at least partially responsible for my ultimate decision to get into blogging.  More importantly, he helped me set the site up early on, and has been one of INCITE's most regular readers & commenters.  His blog is a bit hosed up at the moment, but he's one of the most intelligent writers I know.  
I also need to thank the folks over at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.  In INCITE's microbial days, I emailed him asking him to link me.  He responded with a nice long humorous message, blogrolled me, and then tossed up a post profiling the site.  Prior to his linkage, our biggest day had seen 33 visitors.  The day Misha linked us, we had 201.  Furthermore, BC over there helped get us over the final push linking us today when he heard that getting over the 10,000 hump was going a bit slowly.
Finally, I'd like to thank INCITE's other writers.  I'm the one who runs the page, handles the HTML, and does all the linkwhoring, but though they all seem to have wandered off at the moment, they've all been critical in helping me to carry the load--especially in the early days when it was just me and Answerman.  Maybe one day they'll actually wander back and write something.  I can only hope.
Something else I just noticed: not counting this, I've penned precisely 400 posts and written just over 95,000 words.  I would say that so long as I've changed one mind, altered one vote, shaken one person out of the stupor through which they walk the paths of life, that alone would make it all worth it.  But that would be complete bullshit.  I'm doing this for me.  That's why it's actually worth reading.  Now, without further ado, I present you with... 10,000:
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Now if you'll pardon me, I'm going to go celebrate.

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