As always, the anniversary of Gossips is the occasion for celebration and thanksgiving. On Gossips' third anniversary, we were celebrating days that saw more than 2,000 pageviews, bringing the total for the year to more than half a million. This year, we look back on a year when more than 2,000 pageviews a day was the norm, and daily totals edged up close to 3,000, exceeding that number twice. In its fourth year, Gossips logged close to three-quarters of a million pageviews.
Gratitude goes to all the readers who have made Gossips perhaps the best read blog in Hudson and William certainly the most recognized dog, but very special thanks are reserved for the 122 readers who set their own subscription rate--anywhere from $5 to $300--and became "voluntary paid subscribers" to The Gossips of Rivertown and to the 42 businesses, organizations, and events who, in the past year, used Gossips to get their message to the community of Hudson and beyond.
Gossips invites you to join the celebration of four years of sharing news, history, and gossip about the events, machinations, and trouble right here in our little river city by adding your name to the list of 2014 Subscribers. Just click on the "Donate" button in the right column. Your support--in any amount--is enormously appreciated and keeps Gossips going. Next year's goal: a million pageviews!
Gossips' extraordinary fourth anniversary cake is the creation of The Hudson Cake Studio. The top of the cake features Gossips' iconic ear trumpet. The sides of the cake echo the mountains and the river as they appear in W. H. Bartlett's 1840 engraving of Hudson, which is used as Gossips' masthead. The cake (which underneath all that artistry is chocolate) will be at the Red Dot tonight (321 Warren Street). Starting at 7 p.m., the first twenty people dining at the Red Dot who mention Gossips to their server will get a piece of the anniversary cake for dessert, compliments of The Gossips of Rivertown.