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A Blast from the Past

I was startled looking at my website today when I saw the hit counter, which tells me the site has had more than 23 million hits since December of 2000.

Of course, I have to put that in perspective. It's really just the same forty-two people coming back again and again to see if DANCE is done yet, isn't it?

(I suspect the Not A Blog actually gets MORE visitors than my main site. A mention here -- of a forthcoming appearance, a book sale, a news item -- seems to generate a lot more response than anything on my Appearances page, my Signed Books page, or my News page).

No point to any of this, just... hey, 23 million hits, that's kinda cool...

No telling how many of you have actually been around since 2000, and how many found my site and/or the Not A Blog just last week. Some of you newcomers, though, might enjoy giving a listen to the series of podcasts I recorded back in 2005, to promote A FEAST FOR CROWS. (I assume you old timers have heard them all already). They're all at


I imagine I will be doing more of these when DANCE WITH DRAGONS comes out. I'll need to think up some more topics. (Maybe "Deadlines, and Why They Should Never Be Missed" would be a good one). Meanwhile, these may entertain and enlighten those of you who haven't heard 'em.

And try not to laugh TOO hard at the part where I say I hope to finish DANCE by the end of the year. I really meant it, honest.


Mar. 7th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
About the 23 million hits.
GRRM, there's something about your website that tethers itself to my ankle. After "Feast" I kept checking back for updates while my bimonthly tabletop gaming group switched from Dungeons and Dragons to the "Game of Thrones" RPG. Then, I'd check for updates on the RPG. Then, naturally, I was checking for updates on the Guardians of Order situation. Then you had to go and start the rumbling about the TV Series. Somewhere in between there I checked back up more and found all of your incoming work on Wild Cards.

I believe it was Robert DeNiro that said: "Just when I was out, they pull me back in."

That website been a never ending stream of updates. In all honesty, I find that rather refreshing. You definitely have been moving a lot of work into consumer hands and there's always something there to look at.

As for DANCE? Take your time. I'm really anxious to see what you came up with for the direction you're taking the Stark family. Time isn't going to affect the fact that my brain's going to DEVOUR that book.


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