The number of visitors to the main page broke half a million for the first time in September 2008, with 535,523. We also recently set a new one-day record (33,065), a record for a Saturday (19,111, yesterday), and a record for people making cash donations using the tip jar (23, more than in the whole rest of 2008! With the average September donation being $11.63). Again: THANK YA! This is not the biggest site in the world but I do have the best readers. I'm amazed every day at how fortunate I am to have such a large and good readership.
Briefly, a base, grasping, greedy, self-serving plug (is that enough of a warning?): People do help the site most if they buy something big and expensive from our Amazon links (or the B&H or Adorama ones), but in the case of Amazon, you also help out when you buy something very small and very inexpensive. The reason is, the percentage we earn for everything goes up with the number of things people buy. So even buying a lenscap or a roll of film or a CD or a wrist strap—the leastest, littlest item—helps out more than you might think. End of plug.
Thanks also to the TOP Brain Trust, a.k.a., those who comment. Lots of people find the comments fun to read, and they mean that I learn stuff from my own website, too, which helps keep it interesting for me, and for which I'm grateful.
—T.O.P.'s Major Factotum and Chief Functionary