It’s taken just over 3-and-a-half years, but the site has just hit 100 000 views since moving to WordPress!
40 000 were from 2015 alone and with 2016 already on 20 000, I’m pleased to report it is picking up speed splendidly.
I wanted to thank a few people who have contributed to the continued success of the site: Percy Tucker, Museum Africa, Eli Rabinowitz from Tangential Travel , Doron Locketz from Bookdealers, James Ball from Heritage Portal and Jo Buitendach from Past Experiences. Also my wife who prints out all the pictures and maps (and generally puts up with my mild obsession) and my two boys who get dragged around Joburg while I (and they, while I’m driving) take endless reference pictures.
Of course, it’s the constant stream of visitors who make it all worthwhile. The read rate is really high and not a week goes by where I don’t get a mail from someone around the world looking for information or sharing a memory or an old picture of Johannesburg. Also satisfying are mentions, comments and shares from respected heritage experts, architects and tour operators.
Top 5 countries from where views originate: South Africa, USA, UK, Australia, Netherlands
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I’m making good progress on part 2 of the Lost Churches piece. It’s turning out to be a monster and while I never intended for it to be an exhaustive list, I can’t help finding important new additions. While doing the research, I’ve picked up a lot of additional information that I’ve used to update part 1 of the church piece and various other posts. Do go back and re-visit some of the early posts.
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