On Thursday, July 15, 2004, at 1:09 in the morning, Counting Stars began to walk. In principle it was a rather literary blog and that first post was about stars, how not?
A friend told me last night that I could do a book of entries and publish it on Amazon. On the one hand it would be a complicated task: I have written in this blog almost 11,000 entries (10,813, to be more accurate). And on the other, I always wanted the readers to access what I write without having to pay anything. Besides, it would be a macaronic book. In addition to thousands of entries in Spanish, I have also written here entries in Galician (I have in mind to group them in some way when there is time). In February I started the English edition, in which I have already published 56 posts, and it is in diapers an Polish edition (I am having more and more readers in Witold Pilecki’s homeland, and in April a Polish newspaper mentioned this blog).
Of course, Counting Stars will continue, God willing. In the last ten years it has received 12.7 million visits and today it continues to have a considerable audience: by 2017, the blog has already received more than 1.5 million visits. Besides God, who has compensated me for my many defects with a certain ease to write, that success I owe to many people who have helped me in this long way, and that is why I try to do the visits that come to this blog can also know other blogs and related initiatives that also merit attention. I know what it costs to start a blog and that’s why I like to lend a hand to those who start. So far I have linked in the section Good ideas 680 opinion articles in Spanish, 18 in English and 1 in Polish that have been published in other blogs, media and websites of various associations. On the other hand, and since I consider myself an active citizen, I have also linked 167 initiatives in Spanish and 8 in English, with which the readers of Counting Stars have been able to help improve our society a little and even save lives. Any SEO expert will shake hands in the head seeing that I send so many visitors out, instead of trying to stay here, but if this blog was locked in itself, it would not be Counting Stars.
I do not want to finish this entry without dedicating a space to the acknowledgments. I begin with my parents, who are my most loyal readers, and my brothers, who often bring me content and ideas for entries that I would never have thought of. In the sibling section, my friend Isaac, who besides hosting this blog on his server, is almost always aware of any failure or attack. If all web publishers had a system administrator like him, they would sleep much more quietly. I also thank my friend Angel Manuel, not only for his translations and his diffusion of this blog, but also for being the best bridge between Contando Estrellas and Poland, a country that I admire. And of course, my special thanks to all those who share my entries on Twitter and Facebook, making it possible to reach many people, and all followers and subscribers of the blog, both by email and social media.
I complete these lines with a few verses from J.R.R. Tolkien that I have repeated many times in this blog, because they express very well the spirit with which I began to write it:
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
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