Now it’s official. The website achieved an incredible milestone by reaching one million views. Like I said yesterday, I really didn’t start tracking this until over a year since the site became active. There is no doubt that we are, in reality, probably approaching two million.
What can I say? I never thought it would become this popular and I was just trying to make it through the day. I guess it’s an indication of how far Ryan has come that I can now tell his story.
It also does my heart good that you keep Ryan in your thoughts. The support from communities across this country (and, to some extent, the world) is nothing short of astonishing. There are no words… no way… no money in all the world… that will ever approach how much this means to my family. You keep my son relevant. You brought him this far, against all odds.
Without you, he never had a chance. A chance is all I can ask for.
Like I promised, I’d like to share some details of the website and readership. If nothing else, these are fun facts.
Top Country Readership: 1. United States, 2. Canada, 3. Ireland, 4. United Kingdom, 5. Australia
Most Read Posts:
- Austin Vantrease Request: Denied (link broken, will fix today)
- Kari: “I Feel Guilty for Going Out” (link broken, will fix today)
- Where are You, Ryan?
- Two Years
- He is Not Likely to Survive
- 6,907 total comments have been left by readers (on 492 posts).
- The average number of reader comments per post is 14.
- The average comment per view is 0.69% of the time.
So, there you have it. The nuts and bolts of the websites profile. I think it’s really neat information.
Before I finish I must tell you all again how much it means to us that you chose to lighten our load. It’s the hardest journey I can imagine any man, women, or family could ever face. It’s intense and sustained. It’s a life of living simultaneously on both ends of the emotional spectrum; It’s hope and despair, It’s love and hate. It beats me down ever time I look in Ryan’s eyes. Getting back up hurts… like hell. Without you lifting me up I might have collapsed a long time ago. You, by your own compassion, chose to circle around us and give comfort, resources, and protection.
People tell me there’s a special place for me after this life. I’m not so sure about that place existing (and I still have some things I must do that might not go over so well), but if there is I’m sure I’ll be seeing all of you there too.