You may recall the blog post on the last day of June about TransLate hitting 20,000 page views since its inception, and I’m happy to tell you that we’ve just hit 30,000 today. This pace is exciting, a full 10,000 views in just about 10 weeks. The first 10,000 required 5 and a half months, and the second 10,000 took about 10 weeks from mid-April, 2008 through the end of June, 2008. You will all get tired of my scribblings, dear readers, and you won’t be able to hide your fatigue, for the stats will tell the tale; however, until that point, I’m happy to keep scribbling, as it helps me process what I’m going through, even as it may speak to you for whatever reason.

Here’s the growth of the blog since its inception, month-by-month. which shows steady, if slow, growth during the blog’s first weeks (2008-3 means the 3rd month of 2008), which coincides with a slow coming out process, followed by the high mountains of April as I disclosed my transsexual transition plans to everyone, followed by a lull in May and another set of peaks probably coinciding with my facial feminization surgery in late June. I cannot account for the relatively flat, moderately high volume of July and August unless it’s just a matter of the blog’s address getting shared around a larger group of family and friends.
Blog Stats (weekly)

Just for fun, this second chart is a time-series graph covering just the past 30 days’ of stats, which shows just how variable the author and readers are, separately and together.

Blog Stats (weekly)

What do people read? Here are the top posts for the past 30 days

2008-08-16 to Today
Title Views

Scenes from Social Security 68
About 67
Trans 101 59
Slade Out 52
Cog and Re-cog 47
Changing the M to F 38
Marriage 33
Lost and Found 33
Surgeonocracy 31
Courting Change 28
Letters 25
Reflection on My Reflection 24
Cisgendered 19
You Look Good in My Skirt 17
The Joyce of Naming 16
Gender Discrimination Survey 15
Facing Change, Changing Face 13
Just Following Regs 12
What is Laser Like? 12
20,000 Pages 12
Industrial Strength Electrolysis 11
Parenting 11
Repetition 11
Just Joyce 10
FFS Surgery Day, Tuesday (6/24) 10
Electrolysis 10
Facing East (part 1) 9
Sow and Reap 8
MD High Court Throws out Anti-Trans Refe 8
Letter To Colleagues 8
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 8
Sex Change Operation 8
Trans-gendered: Theology, Ministry, and 7
Smoother Transitions These Days 7
Praying for General Relief 6
FFS Assessment by Alexandra 6
About Face 6
Invisible Party Dress 6
I’m Gonna Zap that Gray Right Out of My 6
Gender and Technology 5
Who Knows? 5
Naming Power 5
Money Changes Everything 5
To Grad Students 5
Dr. North’s Recommendations 4
TransLaw 4
Cartoon Commentary on Peeing 4
de-transition 4
FFS Day 7, Tuesday (7/1) 4
Local Newspaper Invitation 3
Makeover at MAC 3
Please Don’t Share My Umbrella 3
Dr. East’s Recommendations 3
Fingerprints 3
Naming Change 3
Original Letter Draft (Dec 07) 3
Williamson / Mandela 3
Demon Eyes 3
Gender Expression is for Everybody 2
True West Tradesmen 2
Blood is Thicker than Water, part 2 2
Trans-spotting 2
Reap and Sow 2
Resources 2
On the High Dive 2
Ritual 2
Let’s Take Your Reasoning and Run with i 2
Two Views of a Young Transsexual 2
Fortune 2
FFS Day 3, Friday (6/27) 2
The Wisdom of Children 2
Provost 1
Authentic vs. Legitimate 1
Parting Gift 1
Blood is Thicker than Water, parts 3-7 1
Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Tra 1
Disclosures 1
Be a Man 1
Death of Dysphoria 1
Minimalist Sex Change 1
FFS Day 4, Saturday (6/28) 1
Blood is Thicker than Water, part 1 1
Dark Places 1
Facing East (part 2) 1
New Personal Style 1
Personality by the Numbers 1
Hair Gone Missing 1
In Transit 1
52 Things You Can Do for Transgender Equ 1
COLAGE 1
Normalcy 1
Evolving Relationship 1
To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before 1
HBS and TS-SI 1
Inner Child 1
FFS Day 6, Monday (6/30) 1
Strange Fits of Exuberance 1
Serendipity Doo-Dah 1
FFS Day 5, Sunday (6/29) 1


How do people find their way here? They click on someone else’s links. Here’s the location of those hyperlinks for the past 30 days (and frequency)

Referrers for 30 days ending 2008-09-15 (Summarized)
2008-08-16 to Today
Referrer Views

wordpress.com/tag/ffs 32
google.com/reader/view 24
wordpress.com/tag/transgender 20
aebrain.blogspot.com 16
amelieloveslia.wordpress.com 11
myhusbandbetty.com/community/member.p… 10
kerib.spaces.live.com 10
aebrain.blogspot.com/search/label/Tra… 6
facebook.com/notes.php?id=16737196 6
wanderingaloud.wordpress.com 5
WordPress Dashboard 5
twitter.com/JoyceLocke 4
google.fr/ig?hl=fr 4
wordpress.com/tag/transition 4
tboyjacky.wordpress.com/category/phys… 4
wordpress.com/tag/electrolysis 4
aebrain.blogspot.com/2008/09/incohere… 4
iqbaldinho.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/s… 4
new.facebook.com/home.php 3
facebook.com/profile.php?id=16737196 3
new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16737… 3
susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,425… 3
tboyjacky.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/ch… 3
feeds.technorati.com/blogs/jmcl.wordp… 3
myhusbandbetty.com/community/showthre… 2
facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2957291… 2
facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2714297… 2
facebook.com/note.php?note_id=3040451… 2
facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2934940… 2
aebrain.blogspot.com/2008/06/bigender… 2
wordpress.com/tag/transgender/2 2
somenotesonliving.wordpress.com/2008/… 2
lifejourneycoach.com/2007/11/11/your-… 2
ashleylynch.com/WordPress 2
wanderingaloud.wordpress.com/2007/12 2
tboyjacky.wordpress.com 2
ambergoth.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/fa… 2
bl142w.blu142.mail.live.com/mail/Inbo… 2
wordpress.com/next 2
us.mc324.mail.yahoo.com/mc/showMessag… 2

They also use search engines. Here are the search terms (and number of times repeated) for the past 30 days

Search Terms for 30 days ending 2008-09-15 (Summarized)
2008-08-16 to Today
Search Views

green dress 27
transsexual transition 12
married to mtf journey 11
cisgendered 11
ffs surgery 8
justin tanis 6
virtual ffs 5
translate joyce bailey 5
mister rogers 4
trans 101 4
cogs of the organization 4
my reunion as a transwoman 4
jmcl.wordpress.com 4
horny child 4
virtual facial feminization 4
virtual ffs lips nose 4
electrolysis gray 3
gender identity 101 3
“miles borocky” 3
trans 101 joyce 3
transsexual before transition 3
gendertech 3
ffs dr. spiegel forehead 3
“gilahelio grebe” 3
green dresses 3
“tight blouse” and hormones 3
invisible dress 3
detransitioning 3
“the excellent tradesmen” 2
lip numb electrolysis 2
transgender stats 2
“signed under oath before me” 2
my ffs in 2008 2
translate transgender 2
de-transition transgender 2
mtf transsexual detransitioning 2
x transgender women love feeling feminin 2
swollen face+electrolysis 2
translate female 2
transgender transiton 2
transspotting 2
blood is thicker than water 2 2
transsexual husband ffs 2
“bra for mtf” 2
girlish boy transgender 2
virtual ffs morphs 2
ffs surgery progress 2
transgender transition young 2
transcouples 2
root word cog 2

These terms are a total hoot — it makes you wonder what sorts of things people type into their search engines, doesn’t it?