B&P Turns 15

Today, March 31, marks the 15th anniversary of the start of Bits & Pieces.  It was on this date in 2002 that I started B&P over on Blogger.  After a short while, I moved to a self-hosted WordPress blog.  

It has been a major part of my life these last 15 years.  And I’m sure I wouldn’t still be doing it if it weren’t for the wonderful people that have come together as contributors, readers and especially commenters to make Bits & Pieces what I like to call our little worldwide neighborhood.  

The number of daily visitors is down significantly from our heyday back in 2009-2010, but we still managed to get more than 3.3 million page views last year.  I don’t know if the lower numbers indicate just a general blogging trend or if I’m not keeping up with the times in one sense or another.  With the lower page views and with Amazon abandoning their affiliate program in Missouri the income produced here has also taken a dive.  It still covers expenses of running the site which continue to be on the rise but doesn’t leave a  whole lot extra. Having to pay for hosting and purchase more security utilities to keep the site safe from hackers takes a toll on any advertising profits.

I still enjoy working on the site and interacting with the B&P community (for the most part, anyway) but I also sometimes think about scaling back the time spent on here every now and then.  I don’t think I’ll ever stop having a web presence like this but it would be nice to be able to step away every now and then and not feel guilty about doing so.

As I said earlier, you, the person reading this, is the reason this website exists and has existed for so long.  15 years is more than a lifetime, maybe more than a couple of lifetimes, for many blogs.  I’m proud of what we have here and of the people who visit.  I’ve met many of you in person and have enjoyed doing so.  I’ve communicated with many, many more and almost all of those communications have been friendly, productive and satisfying.

Thanks to all who send me post suggestions whether it’s regularly or just every now and then to those who just stop by and read, whether occasionally or every day and most importantly those who have left comments and become true neighbors and friends in our little worldwide neighborhood.  I’m humbled by your kindness.

 

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47 thoughts on “B&P Turns 15

  1. I have no idea when I found BP but I would guess 15 yrs ago. I wrote before that BP and Presufer, God rest his soul, were side by side on my daily blog list. Every morning I read the news and then laugh with my blogs. Thank you so very much. Also, take a break when you want just let us know so we don’t worry.

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  2. I’ve been around for about six of those fifteen. I remember the first day I arrived. I never left. This is one of the more awesome sites on the net. Keep on keeping on, Jon.

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  3. What erin and Mike said. B&P is a daily read for me, and I’m appreciative of the friendship formed through here that has extended to other forms of social media. The only thing you forgot to mention is” click here to donate”.

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    • Thanks for the reminder, Paul. I keep putting off the “Donate Now” thinking “next time.” This site is worth far more to me than others that charge just to look at once in a while.
      And, thank you, Jonco, for sticking to it for all these years! Congratulations on your longevity!

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    • Good call. I just utilized it to send Jonco a Jackson. Hopefully he spends it on something wise… like beer! Happy 15th B&P!!!!

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  4. congratulations. this site is on my daily websites-to-visit-list. Great, keep up the funny etc pictures.

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  5. Happy birthday, B&P. Like most of the other people, this site is a daily (sometimes, several times daily) read for me. Always something on here to make me smile. Keep up the great work, Jon!

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  6. I am a West Australian old lady, reading B and P, is a daily must do, like brushing my teeth. Thanks for the unique entertainment, I admire your long term tenacity. Also it is B and P that have led me to other sites, I love the ‘links’ what I learn from them keeps the brain active. Sincere thanks, and best wishes.

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  7. I think I’ve been around for about 10 years. I always love your mix of stuff. The sense of humor and balance. I also like how nothing is over the top, or hateful, or extreme, or overtly political, etc. It’s my safe place hahaha. Thank you very much Jonco.

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  8. Happy 15th and thanks so much for your dedication to the site! I’ve been coming here almost daily for at least the last 10 years.

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  9. Ive enjoyed B&P for about 11 years now after accidentally finding it. Keep up the good work and congratulations!!!

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  10. Happy birthday to you,
    You live in a shoe,
    You smell like a monkey,
    And you look like one too!

    THPPPPPPT!!!!!

    Happy Birthday Jonco 😀

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  11. I had no idea you were doing it longer than me! We’ve traded a ton of links over the years between our sites. I also started on blogger and went self hosting after I found I wanted to do more than what they were allowing. I’ve also seen the huge drop in traffic and revenue, I blame both Facebook and Reddit, that’s where a large portion of people are going now days.

    Ever thought about allowing people to register so we could get jetpack comment notifications (if you even have jetpack installed?)

    I’d also like to offer you any assistance I can with WP or with hosting, I have my own dedicated machine now 🙂

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  12. One of the highlights of my life so far was meeting you in person. Well, meeting your dogs actually. Trixie was a perfect little lady, and I felt so special when Gus sat on my feet.

    I think I’ve been around here about 10-11 yrs, and besides you and the fam, I’ve met in person quite a few B&Pers over the years, and I consider many some of my best online friends. Several of us will be meeting up again in the ATL area this coming July for food & adult beverages. Always a fun time with awesome friends that YOU brought together, years ago, right here.

    Congratulations on the big one-five! I know you work very hard for us, and it is appreciated every day.

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  13. Happy Anniversary B&P and Thank You Jonco & Family for all the laughs you’ve given us through time. Much-o Love-o!!!

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  14. I come here every day and more than once usually. I have made some good friends here and always have a laugh or two. I have no memory of how I found my way here, but I’m sure glad I did! I’ve made some friends from here as well. The only the thing I’m mad about is that I missed the big ass BBQs.

    Happy Anniversary B&P and thank you for everything.

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  15. I like many others have been an almost daily and sometimes more than daily reader, for 10 or so years. that most definitely means that I enjoy your work and thank you for doing it. Wishing you the best and hope you enjoy whatever path you take.

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  16. Must peruse Bits & Pieces, Bits of Wisdom and Naughty Bits at least once daily. Congratulations on 15 years. I have seen you take a lot of crap for things that typically aren’t your fault yet you persevere. Like Barb said, I keep putting off Donate Now until next time but I’m sending you a donation today. Please don’t feel guilty if you ever need a temporary break because you truly deserve it if that is what you need. Thank you for what you do, Jonco. It is much appreciated.

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  17. Keep up the good work. I’ve been a reader since late 2003 or early 2004. Bits and Pieces and Naughty Bits are two of maybe 10 websites I frequent regularly. I look forward to them every day after work. Thank you.

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  18. Happy 15th Jonco.
    I can’t imagine a day without B&P popping up in my news feed.
    It’s a real ray of sunshine among all the gloom of media both social & mainstream.
    Much appreciated.

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  19. Jonco,
    You sure about the 15 years, I thought I’ve been reading your site since 2001 or earlier. I thought I found you back in 1999, but I guess time flies when you are having fun.
    You’ve switched it up a bit since then, but the overall hilarity hasn’t changed.
    No matter how long it’s been, you’ve been part of my daily routine for a long time. If I take 5 min a day for 15 years (and that’s conservative), that means I have invested 27,000+ minutes reading bit&pieces. I could have been a doctor, haha, but this was way more interesting.
    GOOD JOB! DON’T STOP OR YOU’LL HAVE A MAYHEM ENSUE!!!
    Your long-time reader from Canada.

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  20. I almost never comment, but I’m a daily visitor to this blog. I think blogging in general is more or less dead, at least compared to the heyday of blogging. I think I shut mine down about 5 years ago. Keep up the good work, and if you feel the need to cut back that’s cool, you need to do what’s best for you.

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  21. Congrats Jonco. I have been with you for several of these years and you have provided much entertainment. Thank you sir.

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  22. Happy Birthday!! I’ve been a reader since sometime in the 2006-2008 timeframe.

    Out of curiosity, would you be willing to share what it costs you to host this site for say one day or one month?

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  23. I’ve been around pretty much since the beginning, and am a daily reader.Thanks for bringing us interesting things, and Happy Birthday!

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  24. Thank you all for the very kind words. I do appreciate it. And thanks for those who made donations. I appreciate that very much also.

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  25. I started visiting B&P about ten years from now. Or was it a hundred years ago? I don’t know. Time traveling gets really confusing.

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  26. I have also been coming here for a long time and it has always been my favorite blog alongside “The Presurfer and J-walk blogs”.Boy,I do miss those two…Keep up the great work Jonco.

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  27. Thank you for all the years of entertainment Jon. I’m a long time reader, I’m guessing somewhere around the start 15 years ago. ☺ I’m a less frequent commenter and visitor these days, I blame technology and smart phones. Years ago, I would log on daily from my PC at home (and occasionally from work 😉). These days, my web access is almost always via my smart phone and FB. Which rarely shows me all the pages I love, but does show me all the trending crap that FB thinks I need. I’m sure there must be a way to get my preferred pages to populate regularly, but I just haven’t figured that out yet. Anyway, I’m still here and just want to say it again… thank you for everything you do!

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  28. Happy 15th birthday, Jonco and BP! You’ve been part of my daily life for so many years. Many blessings!

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