It’s ILMK’s third birthday!

It’s ILMK’s third birthday!

The first post in this blog was published on August 28th, 2009.

It’s been a wonderful journey so far, and I’ve really enjoyed writing for you and all the great exchanges I’ve had with the commenters!

I thought you might be interested in some statistics, but before I do, I want to especially thank those of you who subscribe through the Kindle store. Even though it’s only ninety-nine cents a month, it’s the combined royalties from those subscriptions that really make it possible for me to devote the time and energy to writing ILMK. Certainly, it’s a lot of fun and rewarding in other ways, but it would be harder to justify devoting this big a chunk of my life to it if it wasn’t providing for my family (which comes first for me) in some way.

For those of you who don’t subscribe, you’re still absolutely welcome! I don’t expect everybody to subscribe through the Kindle store…certainly, some of you can’t for various reasons (like being outside the USA and the UK, or having an app, rather than a hardware Kindle, that doesn’t support Kindle store blog subscriptions). I feel especially gratified when someone takes the time to comment and tell me that something I wrote helped them, or amused them, or that they respectfully disagreed with it. :)

If you click on a link here, or retweet, or mention the blog, thank you.

If you just read the blog and it makes your world brighter in some way, you don’t need to tell me or anybody else about it…just the sense that it happens makes me a happier person.

To thank you all, I’m giving away

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1

today only, August 28th, 2012.

Note: check that the price is free before buying the book. There may be a mismatch between when you read this post and when Amazon makes it free based on my request.

Now for some statistics:

  • All time views per WordPress: 818,482
  • Number of posts: 1,710
  • Number of comments: 8,763
  • Busiest day: December 27, 2010
  • Highest rank in Kindle store blogs & newsfeeds: #1*
  • Days in the top 100: 1,085
  • This morning’s rank: #8

Ten most popular posts/pages:

  • Home page / Archives
  • What to do if your Kindle is lost or stolen
  • Word up! Using the Kindle’s dictionary
  • Which Kindle 3 should you get?
  • Flash! My Kindle 3′s screen fails
  • Flash! Some Kindle owners report freezing/rebooting problems with K3s
  • Kindle trouble-shooting #1
  • Flash! Sleep mode pictures (screensavers) on the K3
  • Which Kindle do you have?
  • Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: special Collections edition

Top recent commenters (based on the past 1,000 comments):

  • Bufo Calvin
  • Edward Boyhan
  • Lady Galaxy
  • Zebras
  • rogerknights
  • Pam

Top views by country since February 25, 2012:

  • United States 102,662
  • United Kingdom 6,784
  • Canada 2,444
  • Australia 2,056
  • Germany 791
  • India 712
  • Saudi Arabia 652
  • Brazil 585
  • Spain 519
  • Russian Federation 426
  • Ireland 422
  • France 378
  • Philippines 370
  • Italy 359
  • Slovakia 351
  • Japan 324
  • New Zealand 323
  • Czech Republic 309
  • Poland 295
  • Singapore 285
  • Taiwan 278
  • South Africa 276
  • Switzerland 259
  • Hong Kong 233
  • Mexico 213
  • Romania 211
  • Netherlands 196
  • Ukraine 179
  • Colombia 175
  • Hungary 171
  • Republic of Korea 166
  • Turkey 164
  • Israel 155
  • Thailand 153
  • Malaysia 152
  • Viet Nam 150
  • Belgium 140
  • Argentina 129
  • Portugal 125
  • Austria 116
  • Sweden 115
  • Indonesia 112
  • Bulgaria 103
  • Pakistan 95
  • Bahrain 94
  • Denmark 92
  • Norway 89
  • Iceland 85
  • Dominican Republic 76
  • Greece 75
  • Egypt 75
  • United Arab Emirates 68
  • Croatia 64
  • Finland 64
  • Chile 58
  • Trinidad and Tobago 58
  • Peru 56
  • Serbia 53
  • Venezuela 49
  • Slovenia 47
  • Costa Rica 45
  • British Virgin Islands 43
  • Puerto Rico 40
  • Georgia 33
  • Lithuania 32
  • Ecuador 31
  • Malta 29
  • Belarus 29
  • Kenya 29
  • Barbados 27
  • Nigeria 25
  • Estonia 25
  • Bahamas 24
  • Latvia 24
  • Jamaica 23
  • Guatemala 21
  • Bangladesh 19
  • Qatar 19
  • Cyprus 17
  • Sri Lanka 15
  • Netherlands Antilles 15
  • Ghana 14
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 14
  • Paraguay 13
  • Kuwait 13
  • Nepal 12
  • Lebanon 11
  • Panama 10
  • Cayman Islands 9
  • Cambodia 9
  • Guam 9
  • Macao 8
  • Honduras 8
  • Luxembourg 8
  • Bolivia 8
  • Cuba 8
  • Angola 8
  • Jordan 8
  • Mauritius 8
  • Macedonia 8
  • Morocco 8
  • Nicaragua 8
  • Isle of Man 7
  • Moldova 7
  • Uruguay 7
  • Albania 7
  • Saint Lucia 7
  • Virgin Islands 7
  • Anguilla 7
  • Mongolia 6
  • Oman 6
  • Belize 6
  • Azerbaijan 6
  • Algeria 6
  • United Republic of Tanzania 6
  • Iraq 6
  • Guyana 6
  • Benin 6
  • Tunisia 5
  • Dominica 5
  • Rwanda 5
  • American Samoa 5
  • Jersey 5
  • Bermuda 5
  • Sudan 4
  • El Salvador 4
  • Andorra 4
  • Namibia 4
  • Afghanistan 4
  • China 4
  • Zimbabwe 4
  • Gibraltar 4
  • Armenia 4
  • Syrian Arab Republic 4
  • Myanmar 3
  • Fiji 3
  • Kyrgyzstan 3
  • Northern Mariana Islands 3
  • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 3
  • Brunei Darussalam 3
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic 3
  • Cape Verde 3
  • Vatican City 3
  • Uganda 3
  • Kazakhstan 2
  • Djibouti 2
  • Senegal 2
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 2
  • Mozambique 2
  • Montenegro 2
  • Antigua and Barbuda 2
  • Gambia 2
  • Vanuatu 2
  • Papua New Guinea 2
  • Palestinian Territory, Occupied 2
  • Ethiopia 2
  • Suriname 2
  • Grenada 2
  • Palau 2
  • Aruba 2
  • Maldives 1
  • Swaziland 1
  • Malawi 1
  • Liechtenstein 1
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1
  • Zambia 1
  • French Polynesia 1
  • Guernsey 1
  • Côte d’Ivoire 1
  • Haiti 1
  • Botswana 1
  • Cameroon 1
  • Yemen 1
  • Sierra Leone 1
  • Eritrea 1

*I always like to tell people about when I passed both the Huffington Post and The Onion Blog on the same day. :)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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16 Responses to “It’s ILMK’s third birthday!”

  1. Zebras Says:

    Happy Birthday ILMK! Great Work Bufo. I apparently talk too much having ended up 3rd after you in frequent commenting!

    Great representation of countries, I think you might top the Olympics in numbers of countries mentioned.

    I have learned so many things I wouldn’t know about my Kindles, especially the Fire, if it weren’t for you!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      Talking a lot doesn’t automatically equate to talking too much. ;) I suppose some would argue that there are people who speak very little, and still say too much…

      Thanks for the kind words! Definitely don’t cut back on the comments! That’s part of what makes ILMK successful, I think. I am genuinely interested in what others have to say, and I think sharing that helps make ILMK more interesting to others as well.

  2. Joe Bowers Says:

    Happy Birthday and congratulations! To paraphrase ZZTop, You’re bad, you’re worldwide! Thanks again for being very helpful, informative and entertaining. Keep on keepin’ on.

  3. Rick Askenase Says:

    Fantastic milestone, Bufo. I’ve been reading this just about every day on-line. During my work day, I take a short break and read my favorite Kindle blogs, yours included. AND, I have read many of youir comments on the Kindle Forum (but I haven’t really looked at that for quite some time now- just moving onto oither areas of interest.)

    Keep up the VERY good work.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Rick!

      I appreciate your comments on the blog, and I’m glad you are here representing those online readers. :)

  4. Dave Says:

    Congrats on three years Bufo! I came here after becoming frustrated with the oversaturation of advertising and promotion at another Kindle blog, and am very happy you’re still ad-free and all about the content. Keep up the great work!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dave!

      Thanks! I like not selling advertising…I do think it helps readers believe in the integrity of what I say in the blog. I can see situations where I might have to do that…if my Significant Other was out of a job, for example. If I were to charge, say, $25 for a 1-day two or three line ad, that could be a significant bumper…in a thirty day month, that’s $750 (before taxes).

      If the other income from the blog and my other writing dropped off drastically, it might become a choice of that or curtailing ILMK.

      As you can tell, though, my preference is to keep things pretty much the way they are. :)

  5. rogerknights Says:

    Amazon ought to hire you as their Designated Backseat Driver.
    (Then I’ll climb into the rumble seat and add my own two cents.)

    But Corporate America is no more likely to do that than to hire court jesters.
    (Which it also ought to do.)

  6. ddlarsen Says:

    Hey, Bufo. I’ve been enjoying and benefitting from your fabulous blog via email subscription for free for around a year or so, and was inspired to subscribe to it on my Kindle Fire after reading this one. It’s a great value and you deserve my 99 cents a month. But here’s the thing I need to know: on the list of Kindles that are compatible with your blog, the Kindle Fire isn’t one of them. Is the list wrong? Or can I subscribe and get them delivered to my Fire?

    Thanks for all the wonderful posts I’ve enjoyed for free, here’s hoping I can get them on my Fire soon.

    D.D. Larsen aka Dean

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Dean!

      Unfortunately, Amazon has not enabled Kindle store blog subscriptions to go to the Fire. I really appreciate your desire to support my work, but with only a Fire, you can’t do it by subscribing through the Kindle store.

      You can, though, get ILMK there…for free. I guess you are already doing that via e-mail, but you can also do it through the Pulse app, if you prefer.

      Here’s how (from my book on the Kindle Fire):

      Go to your homescreen and tap the Pulse app (you’ll probably see it on your Favorites shelves) or open it from the Apps tab

      Click the menu icon (the horizontal lines in a box) at the bottom of the screen

      Choose Manage Sources

      Tap the blue bar with the plus on it

      Tap the Search magnifying glass at the top of the screen

      Tap the Search box and type ILMK

      Tap the magnifying glass

      It should find I Love My Kindle at http://ilmk.worpdress.com/feed/. Tap the blue plus box at the end of that line. It will say “Added”

      Tap the back arrow…you can drag it to the top of your feeds, if you want, or wherever you want it to be

      • ddlarsen Says:

        Thanks. I should have waited before sending the duplicate comment. I’m disappointed I can’t subscribe via my Fire. But will add it to my pulse app and continue getting it through my email.

        Dean

  7. Lourenco Says:

    Congrats Bufo, ILMK is by far the best Kindle blog. Thanks for keeping us updated on this wonderfull device called Kindle!

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