In Appreciation – Second Year

August 3, 2012
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Apparently, this site earns one of these every 48 minutes! (Photo credit: InaFrenzy via

This is the end of my second year of blogging.  Today, I want to thank all of my readers by going through some numbers and then by also giving a special thanks to a special lady.

The Numbers

First, I’d like to share some of my favorite statistics regarding this website.

Increasing Visits

When I began this blog back in August 2010, I had virtually nothing (or nothing virtual, as the case may be).  Since then, the amount of visits to the site has grown significantly:

  • Total visits, 8/2010:  240
  • Total visits, 12/2011:  2,021
  • Total visits, 7/2011:  2,833
  • Total visits, 12/2011:  2,650
  • Total visits, 7/2012:  10,584

In 2012, the number of visits each month has exceeded the prior month, culminating in the celebration of the first 10,000-visit month in July.

Overall, after two years, 67,666 unique visitors have visited this site 76,172 times.  No, this site isn’t Google or Facebook, but I am still very appreciative of every single one of you.

Post Popularity

The following posts have received about 20% of the visits to this site:

  1. What is the Federal Gift Tax:  The Rules for 2012 (and Beyond?)
  2. Looking Gift Taxes in the Mouth:  Upcoming Rules for 2011
  3. What is the Federal Estate Tax:  Tax Examples Using 2012 Rates

This post has received the most “likes” on Facebook by far of any, and was probably the most fun to write:

  1. The 20 Greatest Estate Planning Pick-up Lines

As of this date, these posts have been the least popular:

  1. In Appreciation – May 2011
  2. 5 Simple Ways to Find Your Perfect Lawyer


Finally, these other ranks and values are of some interest and amusement:

  • Estimated percentage of global internet users over the last 3 months who have visited this site:  0.00011%
    • In other words, if you put any 100,000 internet users into a room, then on average, 99,989 of them have not visited this site since early May.
  • Estimated Daily Ad Revenue:  $3
    • Two questions:  Where is it going and how do I get it?
  • Estimated Site Value:  $2,234
    • So the 0.00011% of you mysteriously spending $3 a day on this site somehow creates over $2,000 of value.  Who knew?

All kidding aside, I humbly thank anyone and everyone who has taken some time to visit here.  According to the many complimentary calls, linkbacks, likes, references, etc., people are getting at least something from this site.  What more can I ask?

My Wife

A special thank you is reserved for my wife.  I’m not sure why “patient” is the first word I think of when describing her, but it seems appropriate.  For the second year in a row, I will show my appreciation by sharing some actual messages I have received from her during the last twelve months, broken down by topic:

Blog Post Proofreading

  • “I suggest wrapping it up to bring the point home.”
  • “My eyes started to glaze over.”
  • “Point: perhaps shortening would be a good idea.”
  • “I think the overall tone is strong, but not too strong.”
  • “Give me a call if you need help prioritizing.”

Teacher’s Email Complimenting Our Son’s Behavior

  • “Very nice!  I agree!  PS: He’s still not getting the DSi back for a while.”

Loyalty in the Family

  • “I don’t know about the rest of those clowns, but I can certainly make it for dinner on Monday night.”

Warnings and Reminders

  • “Check out this article from USA Today.”
  • “I found the following story on the NPR iPhone App.”
  • “Fwd:  It is time for your appointment at [the dentist].”
  • “PS:  I am choosing to ignore the melodrama that was your most recent email to me”
  • “FW:  You’re Invited to a Betty White Book Signing Event.”


  • A series of messages during a work trip to Kentucky:
    • 7:48 pm – “Landed in Cleveland (It rocks!)”
    • 8:24 pm – “Taking off from Cleveland (It rocked!)”
    • 9:39 pm – “Landed safely in Louisville (It’s no Cleveland).”
  • “Thinking of you!”
    • This comment was attached to a picture of a walrus statue.
  • “Home soon.  All I can say is, ‘thank you very much for dealing with the monsters solo over the past few days.’”

Messages From The Federal Government (Her Employer)

  • FW:  The U.S. Military’s First Male Spouse of the Year
    • “While there are many differences, I thought you might find some familiar items in this article.  BTW: You are definitely in the top 5 of my list for spouse of the year!  Certainly the top 10 …”
  • “Not Sure What I Think of This”
    • Article attached was entitled: “Death more likely than losing federal job”, USA Today, 7/20/11.
  • FW:  Estate Planning Workshop.  Pentagon Auditorium.  The workshop is open to all personnel with Pentagon access.
    • “FYI.  Thought of you for some reason.”

Solving Problems

  • “Finding I can’t walk and text at the same time.”
    • Then later:  “I found a bench to sit on so I could be @ least partially functional @ 1 thing.”
  • “My friend ‘GW’ can get me out of any situation.  Running out of quarters though…”

A Once In a Lifetime Experience

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Thank you for the blog post proofreading, commenting on our son’s behavior, remaining loyal, warning and reminding, thinking of me during travel, forwarding work messages, solving problems, giving me a once in a lifetime experience, and for all other benefits not specifically referenced above.  I love you!

 In Appreciation – Second Year
 In Appreciation – Second Year


Scott R. Zucker, Esq. is the owner of The Zucker Law Firm PLLC, located just outside the Capital Beltway in Annandale, within five miles of the City of Fairfax, the county seat of beautiful Fairfax County, Virginia. The firm focuses mainly on estate planning services for Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania clientele, and seeks to do so in an affordable and approachable way. People interested in learning more can contact Scott by phone or email.

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