It was 19 years ago today (March 31, 2002) that Bits and Pieces was born with a single post. Miss Cellania left the first comment. B&P was started over on Blogger and after a little while, I moved it to a self-hosted WordPress site where it still resides to this day.
A couple of years after that people were urging me to monetize the site with ads. It was getting more and more expensive to keep the site going. Domain costs, hosting costs, security costs, blogging-utilities costs keep rising so the need is there for revenue. We changed hosts last year and the new host is several times more expensive than the previous host but I have no doubt that it was the right move and is worth the cost. While the ads help we depend on the generosity of the readers and their donations to stay afloat.
B&P has been a big part of my life for these 19 years. It’s been a labor of love. While B&P isn’t as popular as it once was it still gets over 2.27 million page views a year. We’ve had some ups and downs over these years, the worst of which was a hack in 2010 that caused the loss of two or three years worth of posts.
Thank you! I’ve met a lot of really nice people both online and in person who I consider good friends if not like family members. Thank you for stopping by, whether you do it daily, weekly, or just every now and then. A special thanks to those who comment for I think you’re the lifeblood of B&P. I don’t think the site would still be here without your input. Thanks to my fellow bloggers whom I “borrow” from and to those readers who send me things to post. I don’t know how long we’ll continue here, but I’ve got to see if we can make it to 20 years.
I still love doing this and having people from across the globe be part of our little world-wide neighborhood. Thank you!
20 thoughts on “B&P Turns 19”
Happy anniversary and here’s to many more! ??
I don’t remember any of the details as to how and when and why I found B&P, but I am glad I did. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary, and thank you for the daily humor both here and on the naughty side.
I’ve only discovered your blog recently, but you’re on my daily list already. Keep up the good work
Thank you! You are my morning wakeup read. Happy Anniversary!
My morning coffee and Bits & Pieces – morning ritual that I cannot start the day without
Happy Birthday on You
Happy Birthday on You
Happy Birthday all over You
Happy Birthday on You
Sing that twice while you wash your hands.
I’ve been with you since the early days and I still look forward to reading your blog everyday. You do a fantastic job!
Happy Cake Day!!!
Thank you for making a fun place to visit. I have been dropping by for at least 14 years and it’s always good stuff.
Happy Birthday! You’re my first stop every morning. Please keep up the good work!
I can’t remember when i found you Jonco, it’s been a loooong time ago 🙂
I come here almost every day, there’s always something interesting to be found.
Keep up the good work and thank you !
I used to comment a lot more, I feel like. But at some point a few years ago, WordPress stop notifying me of replies or new comments, and I got frustrated and just stopped bothering.
Bits and Pieces has been a great time killer for me for an awfully long time!
I’ve always loved it here. I don’t think I’ve been here the entire time, but I sure have been coming here for quite a lot of it!! First page I open up when I can log on for me.
Happy Birthday B&P!!
Happy anniversary, Jonco!
I must have been surfing here for about 10 years; it was about 8 years ago I got the pleasure of meeting you ( https://www.bitsandpieces.us/2013/02/05/meeting-me-meeting-you-4/ ). Hopefully, we can meet in person again.
Here is to many more years.
Happy Anniversary Jon. We will get to Las Vegas sometime and finally met?
Love coming here. Its my first stop of the day! Keep up the good work Jonco!
Thanks for all the kind words. We’re working on that 20th year now!
This site is my favorite part of my day!
You do a fantastic job and I love your sense of humor! Please keep it coming!
Thanks for being here for us 7 days a week, all through the year! I love opening B & P because it means it’s my time for a little laughter and stress relief! May you continue in good health and humour so B & P can celebrate many more anniversaries! Have a great day!!
This is the only site that I have gone to regularly for the last (at least) 15 years. Although I don’t comment as much as I used to (life, responsibilities, work, You know…) I still love this site and it holds a special place in my heart. It is more of a community than just a website. I have corresponded with many great people that I met here and even went to the Vegas BABBQ. Looking forward to another 19 years!
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