Sunday, April 24, 2011

Making A Mark notches up 1 million visits

One million visits to Making A Mark - on 24th April 2011
Little did I realise when I published this blog back in 2006, that some five and bit years later this blog would notch up ONE MILLION visits.

As you can see visits have climbed steadily over the years - helped along by what is now a vast archive of posts which continue to attract a lot of interest from people.

Here are ten of the most popular posts those million visits have been to:
  1. 10 Tips for How to Sketch People 
  2. Van Gogh: Drawing media and techniques   
  3. Composition - Principles of Design 
  4. Composition - The Elements of Design
  5. Colour Schemes: Split Complementaries, Triads and Tetrads   
  6. What is a still life?   
  7. The influence of Japanese Art 
  8. Which sketchbook? 
  9. Flowers in Art... and Charles Rennie Mackintosh  
  10. Major Art Competitions in the UK 2011 - a timetable
Tip - If you think you're going to have a successful blog, get Google Analytics up and running early!  I didn't do this until 2008 hence don't have a complete stats profile for content.

I've got a much better record of the numbers.  Except the interesting thing I discovered this morning is that I've got a lag of about 20 or so visits between my dashboard on my Statcounter account and the Statcounter counter on the blog.  However the chart up above was created at 7.37am this morning when the millionth person visited and it actually counts 1,00,002 visits!

Those visits have also generated over 1.5 million pageloads.

Statcounter has a specific time which has to elapse between visits for any pageload to count as a completely new visit.

Were you the millionth visitor?

I had a little count back on my stats and I can't tell who the visitor was but I do know that he or she came from Toni Kelly's A Spattering.  I'll be writing to Toni and sending her a voucher to spend on Amazon for 'making a mark' and generating the millionth visitor to Making A Mark!  I toyed with the idea of announcing a competition but decided to stick with not saying anything at all and just being around to see if I could work out which blog was the nearest to the millionth visitor!  

PS  There will be no "Who's made a mark this week" as I've been 'out and about' this week with himself and not really looking at blogs.  However later today I will finally get round to the review of the Pastel Society exhibition at the Mall Galleries which continues all next week.


  1. Congratulations, Katherine! Fantastic achievement.

  2. Congratulations Katherine - a testament to all your hard work.

  3. Thank you Katherine! Glad I could help. :)

  4. Congratulations Kathryn, you created a unique blog which is of interest to the professional and the amateur artists as well as art lovers and show visitors. You deserve all the success.

  5. This is wonderful news. Congratulations.

  6. Congrats! I just found your blog yesterday while I was browsing through the web in search of a lost address for a pigment shop in Venice, Italy I visited once...which I found in one of your other blogs! Thanks :) – love your editorials & archive, just so much great info for artists and anyone who cares to learn. Amazing. I will be posting links to all your blogs on my blog so that more artists will have a chance to find you! Keep up the good work!!!

  7. Brilliant news Katherine! So so well deserved :D Well done

  8. That is a huge number. It is not a mystery why you have the visits. Where else can one find the catalog of art information published here at Making a Mark? And, all from the efforts of an artist, rather than an arts professional.

    Well done.

  9. Hi Katherine,

    I've known your blog for long and this number is not a surprise considering its quality.
    Keep up the good work.

    Take care,


  10. Wow thats a lot of visits! Congratulations to you Karen for an informative and educational blog.

  11. CONGRATS ! ! ! your blog is an excellent find and you most definitely deserve all the visits and compliments! Your posts are always thought provoking and well written !

  12. oops sorry *Katherine-must have been early

  13. Congratulations! Here's to the next million. Also thank you, that's a whole lot of work that you have put in, shows you just how many people look forward and enjoy your posts.

  14. congrats - what a nice accomplishment! here's to visitor #2,000,000 !!


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