As this shot of the last nine months of stats for visitors to the homepage of Wilson's Almanac (the Scriptorium) shows, traffic has been increasing steadily. That's just visits to the home page; as we have more than 3,000 fully searchable pages, we must be getting a huge number of readers overall; in the hundreds of thousands per year would be a conservative guess and the only conservative thing you'll get out of your almanackist.
If the bars of the graph were to scale, the image would be more accurate as it would show that traffic has actually more than doubled in nine months. Thanks to all our readers and supporters for helping us grow. More than 440 websites (that we know of) have linked their sites to the Almanac, for which we are very grateful.
We nearly went under last week
Trouble is, there's no such thing as a free Almy. Despite our growth, we are having serious trouble paying our online fees. In fact, I didn't tell you this but just last week I nearly had to pull the plug on the whole project (I couldn't pay by the month and had to pay an annual fee -- money I didn't have). I think it would be a real shame if we had to go, and I'm sure many readers would think so too. If you would like the Scriptorium, Book of Days, Blogmanac and all our other many free features to be sure to stay online, will you throw Puppy a coin? Even a couple of bucks will help pay our Internet bills and keep about 6 million words of Almanac material online for the people of 190 nations, rich and poor, to read absolutely free.
If you prefer, home shopping at our Cafe Diem! store is another great way to make sure we will still be around in another nine months. If you intend to buy a gift or a book for yourself (or software, DVD, home wares, etc, etc) anyway, you can avoid mall carparks and have fast delivery through Cafe Diem. You'll be amazed what a range of products can be found with our search box. Many thanks for your support.