A Great Start: 7 Days, 26 Posts, 150 Followers and Sleep Deprivation

This has been a great first week. With the help of my wife, I came up with the name Ghosts of D.C. on Monday and by Wednesday, the blog up and running with the first post. Incidentally, I was a little trigger happy with posts and knocked out two more posts that night. I also stayed up exceedingly late on most nights queuing up posts for the next day, to the detriment of my health, but it was worth it.

A few themes began to crystallize that I will be following down the road. My favorite is “From the Crazy Vault” with all the ridiculous stuff I come across in old Washington Post articles. I can’t decided if I’m happy or sad to know that things were always messed up. The one I most enjoyed doing was this one, about 1036 Park Rd. NW, the building currently occupied by Red Rocks (and yes, I convinced my wife to go that night). The coolest one  was the Hendrix bit (who knew the Washington Hilton was so hip in the 60s?) followed by the post on the Beatles concert in 1964 (this one was the most popular one). The biggest dud of the week was this one. I take this to mean that people don’t like books (WTF?).

Capitol Dome (1861)
Capitol Dome (1861)

We kicked off our presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, gaining a bunch of followers and sharing our stories through those social communities. On a slight tangent … I keep switching between “I” and “we” because I feel the latter includes all the people who help me by giving my ideas or proofreading, primarily my wife, who is indulging me in this new hobby of mine.

Also, a quick note. Per a reader recommendation made by @JustinHerman, I’m going to change the profile pictures for both Twitter and Facebook to something a little more recognizable — the Capitol Dome under construction. It’s the image to the right.

The statistics in Facebook this week are pretty cool to look at, so I want to share them with you. It appears to be an even split between genders, with the bulk of the Facebook readers being 25 to 44 years old. Also, こんにちは (or “hello” to the Americans in the audience – thanks Google Translate) to my one reader in Japan!

People who like your page (January 10th, 2012)
People who like your page (January 10th, 2012)

So, thanks to all of you who have read the posts, followed us on social networks and sent emails of gratitude and encouragement. It’s very much appreciated. I’ll leave you all with my favorite photo from this week. It’s from the post about Dime Messenger Service boys. He just looks like a happy kid.

Dime Messenger Service boy (1912)
Dime Messenger Service boy (1912)

Here’s to a great second week … keep the suggestions rolling in and feel free to add them as comments on the posts.

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  • Erin

    I’m so excited for you. What an amazing early run you’ve had.