Quick Off-Topic Break for a Major Milestone Brag

Heather says:

Earlier this week Home-Ec 101 hit a major traffic milestone. Over 1 million unique users visited this site in the past 12 months. (In about a week, I’ll be able to say over a million in 2011).

That, my friends, is a lot of people (there are only 10k in my town).

Want to put it into perspective? That’s getting close to the population of Dallas, TX. You’ve heard of Dallas, right? It’s only the 9th largest city in the US.

I have an analytics addiction. Google Analytics recently released their Real-Time feature and my productivity has plummeted. As I write this, I can see there are between 20 and 25 of you on this site (no, I can’t see who you are, but you might want to put on some pants, Lexington, VA). I’m kidding all I can see are general locations and what brought you to the site -“how to freeze waffles” seems pretty hot this morning.

So if you’ve recently started checking out Home-Ec 101, I can see what brought you hear the first time. What I’d love to know is, what brought you back?


  1. pguyton on December 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I must admit once I heard “how to freeze waffles” I had to look that article up!

  2. QuirkyJessi on December 12, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Wow, that’s really incredible. Congratulations! And honestly, I don’t even know what brought me here originally. I just liked what I saw, subscribed, and never looked back.

  3. TaraZiegmont on December 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    You rock, Heather. 🙂 Congrats!

  4. KeterMagick on December 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    WOW!!! Miss Heather, I do believe you have arrived! Enjoy it – you’ve earned it!

    I keep coming back because you’ve set the right tone to attract and maintain a friendly, supportive community, and you are always coming up with fascinating and eminently practical topics.

  5. Rachel@FoodFix on December 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Heather…Wow! Congrats. You’ve earned it with your reliable, consistency and your great information. I was just talking about you to Relish.com and saying how much I loved your site…and what great, useful info you provide. Bravo!

  6. thebeadgirl on December 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    just remember the little people…. 🙂

    kidding…so proud of you and your accomplishments!

  7. stacyl on December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations! It’s hard to even imagine that you, me, or anyone “normal” would connect with a million people. Trippy. Good for you!

    • HeatherSolos on December 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      @stacyl I don’t know if normal is a good descriptor for me, but I totally get what you mean. 🙂 Thank you!

      • stacyl on December 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        Well, you may have noticed that I put “normal” in quotation marks. Let’s just say, “normal-ISH”. Weird, but not scary-weird. Geeky in a good way. How are those? 🙂

        • HeatherSolos on December 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

          @stacyl Perfectly acceptable. 🙂

  8. AmandaHenson on December 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Your grea advice and easy to follow tips are what keeps me coming back @HeatherSolos .

  9. AmandaHenson on December 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    You’re great advice and tips I can actually use bring me back!

  10. VeraThomasHannaford on December 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

    WTG. Your hard work is paying off!

  11. patricksplace on December 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations, Heather! That’s amazing news and I’m happy for you!

  12. HeatherSolos on December 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

    @womanonajourney thank you, I’m pretty proud of this milestone.

    • womanonajourney on December 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

      @heathersolos I haven’t checked out the new analytics yet, I should probably stay away, I can be a little obsessive as well!

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