Happy Second Birthday to The Brothers Brick!

Yesterday was the second birthday of this blog, but I was too busy reading the adventures of a certain young wizard to post anything. ;-)

Let the long-winded and self-satisfied post begin! (Read last year’s anniversary post here or with original comments on the old blog.)

The big changes to this blog since last year:

Here are some possibly interesting statistics about all of you, our faithful readers:

  • Between August 2006 and July 2007, we’ve quadrupled our daily readership, from about 250 visitors a day to over 1,000.
  • Since we launched Brothers-Brick.com in December 2006, you’ve posted 998 comments (and we’ve blocked 11,350 spam comments).
  • Visitors have viewed Brothers-Brick.com from 129 countries and regions, representing all the continents except Antarctica.
  • More than 140 unique blogs have sent 310 links our way.
  • The top sites that send us readers are Google, the old blog, StumbleUpon, Kotaku, Classic-Castle.com, LUGNET, and Destructoid.
  • Other than the blog’s name, our top keywords are “new 2007 LEGO castle set”, “LEGO blog”, “BrickArms LEGO creation”, and “LEGO 10190“.

Finally, taking my queue from Technorati founder David Sifry‘s “State of the Blogosphere” posts, here’s a quick summary of how things have changed in the LEGO blog world since last year:

  • 2005-2006 saw an explosion of new LEGO blogs. Most of those blogs are no longer posting regularly.
  • Nearly all LEGO blogs I was aware of in 2006 were in either English or Japanese. Today, the LEGO blogosphere hums with many other languages, including German, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • The sudden demise and unexpected resurrection of Brickshelf has spawned several new LEGO picture sites, as well as mass migrations to existing sites like MOCpages, Maj, and Flickr. What effect this will have on LEGO blogs and the broader LEGO community remains to be seen.

19 comments on “Happy Second Birthday to The Brothers Brick!

  1. Lego Shark

    YAY BROTHERS BRICK!! I only signed up for an account here a week ago and this is probably the best lego blog i’ve seen yet!! This place rocks and it always will. I knew that you did Japan, but 129 countries?! wow. Here’s Happy birthday in Japanese!! YAY! 誕生日おめでとう、誕生日おめでとう! 誕生日おめでとう、兄弟の煉瓦、誕生日おめでとう!! Actually… that doesnt work. I tried agin and it read this way: You question with the your birthday め, you question with the your birthday め! You question with the your birthday め, the brick of the sibling, you question with the your birthday め! !

  2. wunztwice

    Happy, Happy birthday…er anniversary, er…whatever!!!

    Nice to see “Andrew’s minions” are working sooo diligently to make this blog/site what it is!
    I look forward to many more happy years viewing this site!

  3. Kawabonga

    There is a cat on my neighbor’s roof. It is black and I am not certain where it came from so I have decided to call it roof bum or peeping Tom. It is looking towards my window,so you never know it may want Lego too!

  4. Fabio Fiss

    Hei there!

    Congratulations for Brother’s Brick sucess!
    You deserve the growth that happened through the years

    You guys rock… Keep the good work!

  5. smcginnis

    Awesome cool!!! Happy second birthday, TBB! Here’s looking forward to many more years of excellent LEGO blogging!
     
    ~smcginnis

  6. Norro

    Congrats! I glanced at the map in last year’s celebratory post and was thrilled to be able to see myself (though I only looked like a little red dot from the distance of your satellite).

    Keep up the great work and God Bless,

    Nathan

  7. minifig

    Congrats TBB!

    (am I allowed to feel slightly smug that I’ve been reading since before the TBB name arrived?)

    Keep up the wonderful work!

  8. Mainman

    Thanks for all the great posts, guys.
    If I ever get the opportunity to visit Antarctica, I’ll be sure and look you up from there!

  9. Rafael

    Happy birthday Brothers Brick! Btw… what are the blogs in portuguese? I’m just curious, as portuguese is my mother language… :p

  10. Tim G

    Happy birthday, Andrew. Some good pimping of LEGO. Hopefully I’ll get settled down again soon and actually be able to contribute again.

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