We have over 49,500 images online.
Dang! like watching the odometer on your car hit 55,555 miles, or something like that. I just happened to glance at the stats today and noticed the 5555 thing. So guess what, we are in a stat day. A day where I blabber about all the stats. So here goes. With some nice images from the past to lube up the story so it moves along.
83,135 comments. Approved comments
1,222,715 SPAM COMMENTS!
We do have readers in Wyoming now. Michigan is #1 state for readers
We have readers from around the globe. Germany, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Russia, Toledo…
On any given day around 4,000 of you show up, and over the year around 220,000 of you visit. Thats unique people, not the repeat. On average 60% of the 220,000 visit again.
Our largest day of readership was 35,000 in one day. It involved classic cars.
The story on the coolest paddleboard on the planet is our number one read story. Around 6,000 reads. An average story may be seen by 5,000 a day, but reading it is another story. Which explains these. numbers.
Mondays are our largest readership days. makes sense that after a weekend, you get back to business.
This next section is about clicks to other sites.
The Chris Craft Club had the largest clicks of our history on Woody Boater with far over 150,000 clicks. This year with their change they are now 7,000 for the year. They averaged around 30,000 a year. The Boat Buzz was a huge driver.
Katzs marina is the largest sponsor clicks, then Freedom, Sierra and so one. The placement of the banners can affect clicks as does links in stories. Katzs always has great content to share, and it pays off. This is why we encourage folks to send stories.
Woody Boater now is on its own dedicated server. It cost a small fortune. But the size of the site is too large and spikes were bringing the site down.
We are now a brick and mortar, okay wood and rust, location. The next chapter of Woody Boater is starting to take shape. What shape I don’t know.
Oh and Friday and Saturdays are our lowestest readership! So sorry you missed the story today. Happy Header Day. BTW, Header days are are largest regular days. Lots of clicking to see new headers
Matt, a massive achievement, well done.
Congratulations. But big question Matt… what is your favorite story. I’m sure there are at least 5,555 to choose from.
How about the best picture? Easy Troy… I’m asking Matt first then you can go crazy. 😂 Dory day was one of my favorites. Keep it up.
Amazing really…thanks for starting my every day!
John in Va
Morning Coffee and WoodyBoater remain the enduring constants in an ever-changing world. Matt, you should be courting Maxwell House and Starbucks for MAJOR sponsorship.
Geez, I feel like we are being watched! Anyway, glad the Michigan gang is hanging in there. Congrats (I think) on a great accomplishment for the center of the WoodyBoater universe and keep up the good work!
Still my favorite header. (this may surprise some of you)
It’s the one that convinced me to make the trip to Dora the first time.
Troy, I would agree with you on that one.
That is why I wanted to to Dora also.
And to take the boat down the Dora channel.
Thanks, Matt Great job! Keep up the great work!
You still have readers after I left Wyoming? They have snow already.
Thanks for providing us a place to visit everyday.
Congratulations and thanks for all your work.
Very impressive! Thank you!
Quite an accomplishment Matt. I am very proud that out of the 5,555 stories, you have used, two of them were mine. Woody Boater is a great way to start EVERY day. Not only has WB kept my interest. in wood boats. It also has created some great travel destinations. Some include Lake Dora, Lake George, Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Coer d’ Alene. Some day I will make it back to all these places for shows. All you commenters. I feel like I know you and that you are all my friends. Like all friends we disagree sometimes, but it rarely bleeds into the next day. Great site. Keep em coming !
I must admit that I am a little bit insulted that you categorized all 1,222,715 of my comments as SPAM! Oh, make that 1,222,716 now.
Great way to start the day and my wife has stopped looking over my shoulder now that she sees it’s only boat porn. Well maybe Troy has made her raise an eyebrow. Keep up the great work Matt.
wow! can’t think of *any* other blogs running for over 15.2 years!
Matt, I have you and this site to thank, for opening my eyes to places I had to put on my “Bucket List”. I would never have known so many places had classic boat shows and interesting towns to visit. Back in 2009 I still had a go-fast boat and was bored just cruising around local lakes. Then I ran across Woodyboater, and the rest is history, as they say.
In 2010 I bought the Hacker and by 2012 we attended 12 classic boat shows in one year. Checked off a lot on that old bucket list that year !!!
Proud to say you also used several of my stories over the past 10 years.
As most readers on here, it is the FIRST website I fire up each morning and still enjoy adding places I want to visit.
Thank you for all the hard work… Dennis and Ronnie
My favorite Header…
Was that a WB header? I don’t remember it and it looks more like a poster.
This was another one of my favorites with that had the classic glass and babes.
opps, my bad your right…
Breaking records, building dreams. Congratulations Matt.
Love all the hard work you put into it! I need my fix every morning. I would be lost without it!
So many great stories, Thayer IV controversy got me hooked on a daily review and I forgot who wrote the 3 part story of captaining his or someone’s cruiser/trawler from NJ coast? or thereabouts back through inter coastal to Lake St Clair before being run over by a tanker or cargo ship. Very riveting. Could have been a great movie. And I’ll be forever thankful to KW (Kentucky Wonder) and Bob Kays and the Woodyboaterville family who offered their support and generosity during my daughters 7 week stay in ICU from an unknown liver infection. After 3+ months of intensive PT she’s running 10 & 15k’s. And to all the contributing photographers Dane Anderson, Kent Smith, Steve Lapkin, Bob Kays Texx and others – your contribution is greatly appreciated. And thanks for the opportunity to share our family boating adventures.
Darn! I had totally forgotten about that!
Is there a story to be told about what happened to the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati ?
There probably is, but with an adult drink in hand, and nowhere near any recording devices.
Rick…I love the term “boat porn”…And a sincere thank you to Matt for everything you do!
Matt….any stats on ruined marriages over all those days??
…..kidding, of course. WB is responsible for some of my most important friendships. It still feels odd when I tell people I met some of my best friends “Online”…….which I really did. Only to meet them in “real life” down in Florida after being friends over text for a couple years.
If most of your readers are like me (CRS) you can probably just start over from the beginning with those stories and go for another 15.2 years without writing a new story.
KUDOS! awesome stuff – this keeps me going everyday; can’t survive without it.
hope my good buddy – CHRIS SCHMALTZ is reading daily from the heavens above!
stay great; we all appreciate you!
All I can say is a sincere THANK YOU!
Congrats Matt.No horace(ol’stick in the mud) comment yet?
I also read Woodyboater everyday, most days more than once. Thanks Matt for all you have done and continue to do for us and our interest in wooden boats. Howard
Thank you for continuing to be the “keeper of the flame”.
In a crazy mixed up world of daily gyrations, WB remains the constant connection all of us so desperately need.
You’re here for us, your fans are here for you.
Matt I think Mike M is on to something. We are all Woody Boater junkies who might have a real problem if you missed a day after 5,555 stories. Since you already have “repeat header day” why not go with “repeat story day” and take a day off. Somedays I can’t remember my dogs name so I’m sure I won’t remember a story from 5 years ago. You deserve a break.
Matt, thank you for all that you do. I look at WB practically every day, although I have never owned a boat since my 14′ CC Kit boat I abandoned in 1960. Keep it up.