One Million Hits!
As of today, Ultima Aiera has officially logged its millionth tracked hit.
I’ve been tracking stats on the site since 2008, but the site is of course rather older than that. As such, it’s likely that the site actually received its millionth hit some months ago, if not even earlier than that. But lacking information about the volume of traffic that Aiera incurred in its previous incarnation, how can I say for sure?
So today is the day, officially and as far as I’m concerned.
Site hits are tracked by StatCounter in units called page loads. These are, in essence, the completed loading of a page or post on the site by a (probably) non-bot visitor (new or returning). As you can see, I track stats on a handful of sites, including The Codex; they’re doing pretty darn well, also.
Really, the number is a testament to the size and passion of the Ultima fanbase. The series itself is 30 years old (its youngest single-player incarnation over a dozen years old), and yet news about it — and the people who made it happen — still attracts attention…as do the works and efforts of the more technically savvy fans to update, improve, or remake the Ultima games.
And if, in 2012, things which are presently the subject of rumours make the jump into reality and the public eye, the scale of that attention is only going to increase, as will the number of people looking for both information about Ultima and a community of Ultima fans. Here’s hoping that we’re all ready for that when and if it happens.
Because really, I just run this thing. It’s you Dragons and Dragonettes that make the site…well…more than just a handful of words and hyperlinks in a little corner of the Internet. What I maintain, you populate and transform into a community. So thank you for that, for making the site what it is and helping form and shape its purpose…and mine.
Oh, by the way: If you’re curious about who that millionth hit was, the page load went to someone in Rome (Lazio), Italy, who arrived here after looking up information on The Codex about Shamino. So, if that’s you, good Dragon or Dragonette, why not introduce yourself in the comments?