Wednesday, January 09, 2008


I just noticed that my "hit counter" is at 49,801 visits to my blog! Wow. I am humbled. And thrilled. And very grateful. It makes me happy that so many people have cared enough to stop in and see what my critters and I are up to from time to time.

At the normal rate of 'visits per day', I'm thinking we'll probably go over 50,000 (that's FIFTY-THOUSAND hits) in the next few days.

Want to have a CONTEST???? I'm thinking maybe the 50 thousandth visitor could win a 2008 "Real Sheep Wear Shetland Wool" Calendar.

There's going to have to be some TRUST involved: let's say, starting at visitor number 49,975, everyone starts leaving a comment telling what number visitor they were? There's a window on the right side-bar, right below my profile, that shows how many visits there have been. Just leave a comment, saying what number you were (from 49,975 on) and the 50 thousandth person will win the calendar! Sound like fun?

Let's GO FOR IT! Play honest and be fair. Don't worry ~ the stat counter does NOT count when I visit the blog. To keep one person from just logging on and off a kazillion times, let's say that no one can leave more than 2 comments in a row. In other words, if you were visitor number 49,989 and 49,990, you could not also be number 49,991. If you are, I will adjust the stats so that the next commenter is actually given number 991. Make sense?

Good Luck to you ALL and Thank You for making "A Shepherds Voice" such a rewarding endeavor!


  1. Anonymous6:55 PM

    Well, Nancy, very sweet & generous of you. I love checking in on what you're up to (or the sheep, dog, goats, etc.) It's my daily cup of
    sheep farm 'coffee'. I better keep an eye on that counter......:)

  2. Neat photos, Nancy! And congratulations on the blog's popularity!

  3. You guys remind me of one of the things that I enjoy the most about blogging: the comments that you leave! I enjoy knowing who visited and what they thought. I'm glad that you enjoy my photos. Perhaps you'll win a Calendar!

    I love my life so very much and it gives me great pleasure to know that others enjoy hearing about it.

    Thanks for stopping by...

  4. I LOVE my calendar!!! What a cool prize. :-)
    Congratulations on all the visitors.
    - Franna

  5. Anonymous7:36 AM

    Love checking in on you annd your sheep. You're living my dream life!

  6. AAaawwww!

    Mine too!


  7. Kelly V4:30 PM

    I don't see the counter.

  8. :) I love you Mom.... you're so cute!
    I was already 49917, so it's getting up there...
    Have a great day off tomorrow!

  9. I love you too, Princess.

    Hey Kelly ~ the counter is right under my profile box. On the right hand side of the page. Right above the picture of Paco that links to my web site...

    See it now??? ;-)

    P.S. I need your snail mail address. Or are you going to come visit me one of these days?

    Happy New Year!

  10. Kelly V6:14 PM

    I don't get to see the number. All it says is Vistors to a Shepherds Voice. I will email you my snail address because I am not going to back down in your area for a few months. I tried popping in a couple times when I went past but no one but Bella and Sadie were home.

  11. I usually read through Bloglines so I don't see the counter either. But I followed the banner link to your site to find I'm visitor # 49,979.

  12. Interesting! I didn't realize that the counter doesn't show when you go through Bloglines! I guess you'd have to just go by the number the person who left the last comment had...right now the counter is showing 49980 ~ so I'm apparently the next visitor after you.

    Good luck everyone ~ it looks like it's going to happen TODAY!!!!

  13. Wow! You are getting so close to that magic number! How cool is that? :)

    And it's so good to "hear" happiness in your voice!

  14. That's kind of disappointing! I guess visitor number 50,000 didn't want a "Real sheep wear Shetland Wool" calendar. The counter is at #50,013 now. There have been no comments since it turned 49,990. Kind of "anti-climactic"...

    I guess we'll have to wait until the 100,000th visitor!

    For what it's worth ~ I still love reading the comments. ;-)


  15. Oh, bummer! I'm # 50,031! Love the photos! I still wanna be a bear.

  16. I was here just before the Majik number (like 88, and here again at +49) but it makes no difference, Nancy...we all win every time we read one of your posts and see your great photos!


  17. Wow, that counter zoomed right by 50,000 in a short time! Oh well, like Kathy, I don't come just to get a calendar.... :-)

  18. You guys are sweet. But it sure is strange that there were no comments posted for about 20 visits!

    Oh well. We tried. The whole point of this, for me, was to encourage my visitors to leave comments. It's always fun to know who stopped by.....

  19. Kelly V11:44 AM

    Ok, since I just realized I forgot to email it to you and don't feel like turning on my work laptop, here you go. Kelly Voge, PO Box 5033, St. Cloud, MN 56302. Thanks.



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