It may interest new bloggers to see how long it took to find readers. Many of my best efforts were in that period, but as you see they were read by virtually no-one. I still don't quite know why I didn't give up, but I would encourage anyone who has something to say to persist. At the very worst, though few of us will make a difference individually, we will together show future historians that we were not the bland, homogeneous mass the mainstream media's archives will suggest.
However, it made me realise that I have never actually looked at the year-on-year trend in The Kitchen's readership. So, like Tom, I too turned to Statcounter—the first counter that I put on the blog—back in August 2005, and generated my all-time quarterly stats (up to the end of Q2 2009).
Obviously, that was a while ago now although I do remember that, after nearly eight months of blogging, I was getting about 250 visitors a week (as you can see).
At the time, I was pretty pleased with that...