In the winter of 2004-2005, I began to move from the most basic of blogs to adding features in the sidebar I saw others using. I believe I first saw a Site Meter at jo(e)'s place. As I did with everything else I liked in blogging, I figured out how to add one. It was February of 2005. When I moved to Typepad, I brought the counter with me, and when I made this my primary blog, I switched it here, too. I made a choice early on to "ignore" my own visits.
This morning, just a few minutes ago, visitor #200,000 stopped by. If you are a Roadrunner user somewhere in the vicinity of Carrollton, Texas, I hope you'll e-mail me; I'll send you a little prize! I promise I will maintain your anonymity if that's important.
I have a lot of visitors from Texas; I hope I'll get to be there in person someday. (Keep rooting for Snowman to go to school in Austin, okay? It's one of the possibilities he's pursuing.)
We still have a ways to go on the comment prize…so keep talking!