Editorial Note: The Kitchen Table is Popping!
Just wanted to “pop” in and give everyone an update about the latest with Kitchen Table Medicine.
We are now officially an online magazine, so please stop by the home page and check out the beautiful new magazine theme courtesy of my dear friend Chris Ruddlesen. Also visit the newly updated authors page to see all the fresh holistic perspectives that will be leading future mind/body/spirit discussions at the kitchen table.
I remember back just a year ago when I set up the website I had about 6-10 lonely page views a day. I would wonder who these readers were…until I sadly realized they were just me making edits… 🙁 Back then I was writing my heart out and no one was even reading it! Now we have over 6000 to 10,000 daily page views AND 40,000 hits a day! The site has far surpassed my initial goals and I am absolutely delighted to see such an interest in naturopathic medicine.
Kitchen Table Medicine is now the 189,000th most popular site on the internet which may not be that impressive to you until you think of the BILLIONS of websites out there. We are also now in the top 0.19 percentile of the MOST POPULAR blogs in the world, and have consistently been featured as one of the most commonly read blogs at the #1 blogging network on the internet– BlogCatalog.com! Stanford University has also asked to feature our content at their preventative wellness site Wellsphere.com.
I am delighted to report that articles from Kitchen Table have been repeatedly featured on the front page of GLCzone.com the premier wellness site for health bloggers, and we have spent a great deal of time on the front page of Digg.com the #1 social news site on the internet.
Wow people really love our healthy news you can use! Thanks so much for all the Fan Mail 😀
As far as visitors go, I have learned that traffic on the internet is a lot like making popcorn. You have to be patient. Whether you are warming up your popcorn machine or turning on a brand new website you have to wait around a bit feeling hungry and hopeful for that corn to start popping. You get a few initial exciting “pops” here and there and continue to wait in anticipation. Eventually things really get popping and sometimes the bowl fills over!
Well the bowl has filled over three times now at Kitchen Table Medicine!
What this means is that I have had to upgrade the website three times to manage all the traffic we have been getting. Even our fantastic GREEN host, Dreamhost is impressed! Our new GREEN host means that we are officially a green website!
Really it is unbelievable that just one popular article on olive oil actually shut my site down for over a week. I had no idea people loved olive oil so much! TWENTY THOUSAND PAGE VIEWS IN A DAY! WOW!
The now “popping” popularity of Kitchen Table has been an ongoing source of inspiration for me, and I really don’t think I have EVER worked so hard at anything in my entire life. Not even when I was working 100 hour weeks between Bastyr and Virgina Mason. I literally work until the wee hours of the night editing errors and answering questions. I am so glad to receive emails of thanks from readers hungry for this kind of information and grateful for the easy access to naturopathy online.
In the past year, I have learned a great deal about how the internet works, HTML code, graphic design, FTP, and webhosting—ultimately realizing that there is a great deal of complexity to online content publication. It really isn’t as simple as it looks.
Although there is the fantastic advantage to rapidly getting information to you, there is still a great deal of upkeep on the back end. But, I am learning and have actually helped a few friends launch their professional blogs, like my friend Dr. KC at Docinthebiz.com.
Right now I am still busily working to go through the site and fix errors that have resulted from the upgrades and correct the mistakes I made early on when posting articles. If you find any pages that look bad simply copy and paste the URL and email it to me or post it in a comment on this page. I always appreciate your feedback on this new project.
In the interim I have invited some very special expert guests to the kitchen table and I hope you will enjoy the wisdom they have to offer. Dr. Benjamin Lynch of HealtheGoods.com has volunteered to help me answer reader questions, and we will soon offer that feature again. His diverse expertise on Environmental Medicine should provide Kitchen Table readers with an enlightening GREEN perspective about their health.
Thanks for your patience, support, and encouragement!
Be Healthy & Enjoy Life,