Monday, August 02, 2021

New Edition Day

The URI! Zone turns 25 years old this month which means that I should probably commission a celebratory parade in a local arena, complete with commemorative coins. I, too, have evolved subtly in this same period.

Though the URI! Zone was quite popular in the Web 2.0 era, it has shed visitors down to just a diligent few. (On any given day, 50% of traffic is Doobie, Evil Mike, or someone related to me). This reduction has been exacerbated by the general decline in blogs and people wanting to read blogs, such that the URI! Zone sometimes feels like an ancient diner whose interstate entrance was blocked in the name of progress, and the only people around anymore are crusty locals willing to drive on four miles of back roads for the 6 AM flapjacks and discussions about the weather.

Still, everything I've ever written is carefully preserved here with a twofold purpose: (1) to thwart any future runs for public office by putting my most juvenile thoughts up for everyone to see, and (2) to eventually train a machine learning algorithm to write new blog posts for eternity, so you'll never be quite sure if I've already died. #2 may or may not already be happening but covfefe.

By the numbers, here's what the URI! Zone looks like today:

  • over 186,000 unique visitors since 2003
  • 4561 blog posts since 2001
  • 8992 comments from 151 unique visitors since 2003
  • 8905 images, MP3s, and other files, totaling 449 megabytes
  • over $4200 spent on web hosting since 2003
  • exactly $222 in prizes given away in caption and name-that-tune contests
  • $0 in income from ad revenue, because ads are still super lame

Thank you for your continued friendship and readership! TWENTY-FIVE MORE YEARS!

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