What's New at anvilfire! archive VIII

In 1999 we launched the following new features:
  • iForge
  • Web-Ring Nexus
  • Emile's Hot Links
  • AnvilCAM
  • International Registry of
    Blacksmith Touchmarks

  • ABANA 2000 JYH Event
  • ABANA-Chapter.com
  • In 2000 we added:
  • CSI Members & Forum
  • Armoury Page
  • Story Page
  • anvilfire Store
  • Rings @ anvilfire.com!
    We setup our own Ringlink webring hosting system and moved our webrings to it.
  • We now host:
  • The Blacksmiths Ring
  • Steelworkers Webring
  • Country Life and Heritage
  • Architectural Metals*
  • Archeaometalurgy*
  • More to come. . .
    * New - no members

  • What's New archive I (12/98)
    What's New archive II (6/99)
    What's New archive III (12/99)
    What's New archive IV (1st Qtr 2000)
    What's New archive V (2nd Qtr 2000)
    What's New archive VI (3rd-4th Qtr 2k)
    What's New archive VII (1st 1/2 2001 @ 31,032)

    Summer of 1999 we reported:

    "anvilfire! had 5,500 hits to the main page in May (a slow month). That's some 12,650 hits in aggregate . . ."

    At the close of the 1st Quarter of 2000:

    Our aggregate hits were up to an average of 22,150 per month. Total traffic has been doubling every six months. We are archiving over 400Kb of Q&A from the guru page every month. Double what it was in 1999. We now archive it every 7 days. The Slack-Tub Pub logs must be cleared every 24 hours. There are now 45 iForge demos, 14 posted this Quarter.

    SPRING 2001 * We have our first 50,000 visitor month!

    That is a hit rate of 10 times two years ago! This means that this year we will have as many visits as in the previous 3 combined!

    NOVEMBER 18, 2001 * We have our 1,000,000th visitor!

    That is 511,000 visitors for the year to date, 23,000 more than the cummulative visits in the prior 3 years (see prediction above)! And this was after a miserable 4 month period on the net following the spring crash of the "DOT-COMS", the 4 month slump in the economy and 9/11. Otherwise we would have had our millionth visitor in late September.

    July 1, 2001 @ 762,672 (1919 sp)  Posted a biographical sketch of Victor Vera by Frank Turley on the story page as well as chapter 6 of Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith
    July 7, 2001 - June Stats  Overall hits were 45,940 which is not unusual for the summer but it was still higher than the average for the first quarter However we logged a record 689K in the guru's den! iForge has become our most popular feature and the Slack-Tub Pub requires the greatest resources.
    • Distinct hosts served: 23,500 (about 18,000 users)
    • We had 45,940 counted visits
    • Accessed from 74 countries including, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Moldavia, Tonga, Namibia, Samoa and Vanuatu.
      Where in the world is Vanuatu?
    • Found under more than 6,000 search terms
    • Linked from over 5,000 sites (referals this month only).
    • Total iForge demos = 102
    • Total guru and Hammer-In archives = 122 (13,908 kb)
    • The story page has 17 stories and 6 chapters of The Revolutionary Blacksmith including 22 illustrations.
    • The NEWS is up to Volume 24
    • Archived 689K of the guru page (nearly double prior months)
    • Blacksmith's Ring is up to 95 sites!
    • Steelworkers Webring is down to 23 sites (we lost 3).
    • Cyber Smiths International has 75 members.
    • We transfered nearly 10 Gigabytes of data!
    The above doesn't include other sites we host such as our web-ring hosting or ABANA-Chapter.com and the dozens of chapter sites.
    July 10, 2001 @ 775, 800  Added Kick Wheel Pottery Supply to our link list. These folks are a great on-line source of flux ingrediants and refractory clays as well as information about them.

    NOTICE: BLACKSMITHING.COM or BLACSKMITHING.NET are no longer blacksmithing sites. If you have these on your link lists you need to remove them. Temporarily we now host the Blacksmithing Network at www.anvilfire.com/blacksmithing_network/

    July 12, 2001 @ 779, 000 We are now hosting a copy of, James Nasmyths Autobiography on the story page. We have had a link to the copy on Biliomania from our book review page since the beginning. But they have screwed up their page so bad you cannot find anything. When you did find it many of the image links were broken and there were readability problems. So now we have an entire copy of the book on-line including images. It has some minor errors but they will be fixed soon. It will have an improved index/menu system to make navigating it easier.
    July 16, 2001 @ 784, 687 We have updated our anvil series adding #7 Castings or Forgings in the World of Anvils by Russell Jaqua, My appologies to Russell, he sent this article in months ago.

    Updated the touchmark registry adding 3 new marks. Sorry for the delay guys.

    July 20, 2001 @ 792,300  Added a dimensioned drawing to the 3 light candelabramum iForge demo.
    July 24, 2001 @ 799,650  Added a new archives directory page. This page is setup to serve the estimated 38,000 annual hits directly to our forum archives. Currently only the most used archives default to the frame set with banners. As time permits other archives will be added to the system. It is also on the drop down menu.
    800,000 "Hits" as of July 24, 2001 ! 

    That is over 300,000 hits since the first of the year and nearly half a million in the past calander year!
    • 1998 - 36,000 hits for 2/3 long startup year
    • 1999 - 152,900 hits for our first full year ending at 188,900
    • 2000 - 336,600 hits for our third year ending at 498,500
    • 2001 - Expect well over 600,000!
    Although we are in a summer time slump our statistics show a continued growth rate of doubling each year. To support this trend we continue to add new features and improve our pages to serve the growing demand.

    Thank you for your support!

    July 25, 2001 @ 802,100  Posted a new SHOP SAFETY page and another iForge demo (#105). We also updated the ABANA-Chapter page as well as setting up hosting for two more members of SERBC. We currently host over half of all ABANA chapter websites.
    July 26, 2001 @ 802,900  Changed the safety page to dynamicaly size itself to the window size. Posted a new Bookself page. I haven't gone through all the "return to" links yet so use the "back" button or Bookshelf Home button to return.
    July 28, 2001 @ 806,200 (wee hours)   Intalled a SEARCH on the new archives page! This often asked for feature searches only the archives. Over time we improve its performance. Future searches may be put on other parts of anvilfire.
    August 1, 2001 @ 813,660   Archived the guru page for a total of 584K for the month of July. Total site visits were up to 51,000. Added instructions to the new archives search routine on how to improve the search results. Repaired the search counter. Had previously changed to optional search code that gives the total search results. Lots of fine tuning is still being done on the search routine.

    Cyber Smiths International now has 83 members. If it were not for new members and old members renueing their membership we may not have made it through this very slow month. THANK YOU!

    Anvilfire Auction Test
    We are testing a new auction system. When it is fully customized for anvilfire the CSI members will be pre-registered and have use of it as part of their membership. Others wishing to sell items on it will need to pay a small fee.

    Try it out! Bill Epps has donated some items to sell. Proceeds go to support anvilfire.

    Posted Chapter 7 of Jim Wilson's Revolutionary Blacksmith.

    August 2, 2001 @ 816,257   Posted iForge demo number 107 last night. It was our first power hammer iForge demo AND the first by a woman. Ceridwen (Bethany Schirmer) did a candle stick for our series.

    Posted a new FAQ on heat treating. I used our new archives search to locate the best posts. Wish I had done this long ago. I also updated the Alphabet Soup file linked in the heat treating FAQ.

    Changed the Archives link on the Hammer-In to load the new Arichives page with search. Corrected the titles on the "Whats New" archives and removed the keywords lists to make more sense in the search results. Eventualy we will do the same to all 125+ archives files.

    We are CONSTANTLY making improvements for our users pleasure!

    August 3, 2001 @ 817,547 JULY STATISTICS:

    The July web statistics are in. They took some 758 minutes (~13 hours) to run! This doesn't include the 8 hours to download the server access logs. A year ago we could run a quarter's stats in a few hours!

    Total site visits (July): 51,000 (by counter) up 6,000 from June
    Successful requests: 3,027,197 (by log analysis)

    Note the large difference between "requests" and our counter visits. Many web sites report the "requests" figure as their number of visitors. However, frames pages like anvilfire don't work that way. Each frame is a "request". Some pages may have six or ten frames. Our counters only count ONE visit per session. If someone visits anvilfire 5 times in a day (without turning off their browser) they are only counted ONE time.

    To complicate this issue is the fact that people can come into anvilfire on 16 different index pages. Our cumulative site counter is on each of these pages. However, if a visitor comes in on the guru page one time and changes pages or comes back through another page this still trips the cummulative only counter once for that browser session that day.

    Average successful requests per day: 97,653
    Successful requests for pages: 433,746
    Average successful requests for pages per day: 13,992
    Distinct files requested: 192,085
    Distinct hosts served: 25,348
    Distinct hosts is another complicated number. Many users only come in from one "DNS" address. However, many ISP's now have automatic DNS assignment and one user may be reported using a dozen DNS addresses. We normaly "temper" this number by about 30%. So the actual users for July is closer to about 18,000. Most sites report the raw numbers.
    Data transferred: 11.483 Gbytes (2.008 Gbytes)
    Average data transferred per day: 379.327 Mbytes (293.816 Mbytes)
    These numbers are just plain bandwidth. They do not include seperate URL's like the Ring@anvilfire.com or ABANA-Chapter.com. None of our stats above reflect the other URLs we host or traffic from those pages. Those of you that use the Slack-Tub Pub regularly may note that a significant part of our bandwidth (20-30%) supports the Pub. Second in bandwidth is the iForge pages.
    Analysed requests from 01-Jul-2001 00:00 to 31-Jul-2001 23:59 (31.0 days).
    This analysis was produced by analog4.0/Win32.

    August 4, 2001 @ 819,300  Corrected link errors in the "sitemap" on the guru page and added a link to this page (What's NEw) and Legal at the top of the guru page. Also updated the anvilfire Store adding a link to our Privacy Policy on the top bar as well as the bottom of the page. Even though it is on the bottom of our down menu, new U.S. privacy laws insist that these policies be obvious to find.

    Updated the HOME page and Web-Ring Nexus menus to reflect changes in page locations. Currently we have too many menus with small variation to maintain well. That is what the drop down menus are for. When the current rash of changes and page redesigns are finished there will only be two menu versions. One on the public pages and a special one on the members pages.

    If these sound like bug fixes on a new page they are and they are not. anvilfire is a mature debugged site. But we are always making changes and additions so it is always NEW!

    August 5, 2001 @ 820,236, wee hours  Fixed all the NEW book review page links and added Paw-Paw's Corner. Updated all the book and video reviews adding page counters and proper titles and descriptions for search engines. We have numerous new reviews to post and needed the page in tip top shape first.

    Corrected many of the link errors on the home page and added the new Archives Page to the descriptions. Updated Alphabet Soup (our acronyms list) with new entries and many links. It has so many links that it is now listed on the links page as an organizations link list.

    August 8, 2001 @ 825,900  We now have 4 NEW FAQs Heattreating, Brass and Bronze, Chain Damascus and Rebar. These are the result of our new Archives w/ Search.

    We updated our form mail routine fixing a possible security problem.

    August 10, 2001 @ 829,500  Posted a review of the Hugh McDonald Rolling Mill Plans on the newly redesigned anvilfire bookshelf. The review includes stills from the rolling mill video, sample drawing, a downloadable MPG, detail photos and a metallurgical article about rolling steel.

    More book and video reviews to come soon!

    August 12, 2001 @ 833,400  Welcome back BULL HAMMERS. Their company name has changed but the product is the same. They also have a new small hammer as well as selling Johnson Forges and furnaces.

    Last night we had trouble with some of the ABANA-Chapter pages but its all fixed now.

    @834,100 Posted another book review. This one is on the Canedy-Otto Tool catalog published by Hotemper Publishing and reviewed by John Neary. Also updated our Spiral Stairway FAQ and the "alphabet soup" file.

    August 14, 2001 @ 835,000  Updated the Borax article and "alphabet soup" file agin. Corrected some errors and added links to the Shop Safety page.
    August 15, 2001 @ 836,766  Posted TWO MORE book reviews by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone. The Wonder of Knife Making by Wayne Goddard and One Good Turn, A Natural History of the Screwdriver and Screw by Witold Rybcynski.
    August 15-16, 2001 @ 838,000 (wee hours)  Posted the "Vine Candle Holder" iForge demo by Sharon Epps. And posted another book review by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone. Colonial Wrought Iron - The Sorber Collection by Don Plummer. I am almost caught up on reviews. My appologies to the authors/publishers and reviewers.
    August 16, 2001 @ 839,480  Posted a review of the NEW power hammer video tape by Mark Linn, Controlling Your Air Hammer. Also changed the layout of the review page. THAT is six new reviews posted this week!
    August 21, 2001 @ 848,100  Added a navigation bar to the James Nasmyth Autobiography on the Story page. Also corrected HTML errors in the copy posted and added a cover photo to the review and biography.
    August 23, 2001 @ 851,050  Posted a new iForge demo by Glenn Conner last night. Had 36 folks logged in to the demo at one point. Not sure how many more were "lurking".
    Updated the Slack-Tub Pub for the first time in perhaps a year. Added a link to the iForge class room and improved security. Due to some abusive behavior in the Pub we are no longer using the "automatic" registration system. The pub is a "family friendly" forum. Those that abuse it will be asked to leave and/or permanently blocked form using the pub.
    Added a link to the "Rogues Gallery" in the Slack-Tub Pub.
    August 25, 2001 @ 855,250  Checked the Blacksmiths and Steel workers web rings. Lost 5 sites on the Blacksmiths Ring due to folks removing or losing their ring code. Its been too long since I last checked but I DO check. It is important to us to keep the integrity of our ring and keep it well maintained. If you hit a broken link on one of our rings OR can't find the ring navigation bar then please let us know.

    Shortly after this check we had two new sites apply and one is already on the ring. So, we have our ups and downs.

    Joining the blacksmiths ring not only brings traffic to your site but also shows your support for the rest of the internet blacksmithing community. Being a member is good public relations and makes you part of a unique community. There is only ONE Blacksmiths Ring!

    August 31, 2001 @ 865,000 (4:00 GMT)   Posted another chapter of Paw-Paw's book, The Revolutionary Blacksmith and added a link to the story page to an African Folk Tale. Also posted a new iForge demo and updated the new Slack-Tub Pub registration form.

    The Registration form now has entry validation since some folks don't enter their e-mail addresses and others seem to enjoy submitting empty forms. We cannot respond to you if you do not include your email address! This new form DOES NOT automaticly register you. Each registration is now handled manualy.

    September 3, 2001 @ 870,500  Launched the new version 3.0 guru's den this fine wet Labor Day. New features include:
    • Anti-spam system to prevent spam "harvesting" programs from gathering e-mail addresses. Email addresses are encrypted.
    • New Javascript navigation buttons that go to the top and bottom of any file in the view window.
    • Buttons to the new archives page and the old system ("List Arc").
    • Button to the "Tool Kit"
    • All buttons have Javascript rollover so they work in Netscape.
    • Automatic sensing of CSI members and the guru's color guard (helpers).
    • Input frame color border to indicate when members are logged in.
    These are some of the most technicaly complicated changes we made on anvilfire. The page doesn't look much different but underneath there is a lot going on. All the programming is custom written. The anti-spam system is unique to the best of our knowledge. It will soon be added to the V.Hammer-In as well.

    On high resolution screens the page still looks a little peculiar but that is because we are still trying to support 640x480 monitors. However, we recently found that on 900x600 monitors running win Win98 that there is less space than on a 640x480 monitor running Win 3.1 and things are more cramped than we thought. So much for progress.

    September 4, 2001 @ 872,600  As much as we hate spam we mailed the 1340 registered users of the Stack-Tub Pub asking for help and to determine which records were no longer any good. At least 50 pieces of mail bounced immediately (a lot better than I expected), and a dozen or so folks asked to be removed. Everyone that has asked to be removed has been. To keep the registration file up to date we need to do this about every 2-3 months. Our plea for help also gained us several new CSI members.

    I'm afraid that like a public radio or TV station we are going to have to continue asking for your support. anvilfire has grown very expensive and needs to support itself and a couple full time employees.

    September 9, 2001 @ 880,440  Archived the V.Hammer-In for August. Still clearing up the Slack-Tub Pub records. We have had a number of folks ask to remove them but we have had an equal or greater number of new registrations.

    Also reported that a spammer has been forging addresses on our server. If you recieved mail from "decoy @ anvilfire.com" or beads @ forginghammers.com it is from pirates. Do not reply to the mail it just goes to me and not to the low life spammers.

    September 20, 2001 @ 896,927  Added this banner to general rotation.
    Click to donate to your favorite charity!

    October 1, 2001 @ 913,500  48,500 visits for the month of September. Released chapter 9 of Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith.
    October 9, 2001 @ 928,836 / 33,071  Archived the guru page from Knoxville, TN. Processed 6 pub registrations in two days! Will be demonstrating with Paw-Paw at the Museuem of Appalachia, in Norris, TN tommarow through Sunday.
    October 21, 2001 @ 948,515  Archived the V. Hammer-In page for September. Processed over a dozen pub registrations yesterday catching up from trip to Knoxville. Lost all of current members forum log and part of guru page log due to running out of space on the server yesterday. Cleaned up some excess files and will be OK for a while yet. Still need to upgrade server.
    October 29, 2001 @ 962,479  Added a credit for Darren Carroll to the cartoon illustration of Paw-paw on the book review page and Paw-Paw's Corner. Should have done this sooner. Also added a list of new FAQ's on the 21st Century page. Fixed links to Ron Reil's Forge burner page.
    November 1, 2001 @ 968,000  Edited and reposted our 117th iForge demo on brooms this morning. It includes a link to a page about the brooms of Sharon Epps. Released chapter 10 of Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith. Posted our 140th forum archive file.

    Had 55,000 visits in October. Traffic is UP. We will have our millionth visitor this month!

    November. 15, 2001 @ 968,000  Edited and posted our 118th iForge demo on drill press furniture this morning. This is part one of a series on tooling and what you can do with a drill press.
    Nov. 18, 2001 - 1,000,000 - ONE MILLION VISITS! 

    Sometime during the early dawn hours of the Leonid Meteor Shower anvilfire had its one millionth visitor! Its been just over 3-1/2 years since anvilfire was launched and we have had one million visits! We are currently having visits at approximately 600,000 per year and are looking forward to our 1,000,000 hit year in the near future! Thank you for supporting anvilfire!

    • 1,000,000 Visits
    • 1,300,000 Page hits
    • 99 Blacksmiths Ring sites
    • 26 Steelworkers Ring sites
    • 27 ABANA-Chapter sites hosted
    • 118 Illustrated iForge demos (over 2,000 images!)
    • 144 Archived guru and Hammer-In pages
    • 100 CSI members
    • 1500 Registered Slack-Tub Pub users.
    @34,000 - What's New
    November. 21, 2001 @ 1,007,770  Edited and posted our 119th iForge demo. This was our first by an overseas demonstrator, Hugh McDonald of Western Australia. Next week's demo will be another by Hugh and then we will return to our Drill Press tooling.
    November. 23, 2001 @ 1,010,800  Posted plans for a fabricated cone-mandrel in response to a question about an alternate source on the Hammer-In.
    December 1, 2001 @ 1,028,800  60,800 hits in November! 2,000 per day average! 100,000 visits since Oct 9. (52 days).
    December 5, 2001 @ 1,035,678  I'm finally home and catching up. The first of the month came and went and I forgot to post the next chapter of Paw-Paw's The Revolutionary Blacksmith (its on-line NOW!). I also archived the guru page. More to do. . .
    December 5-6, 2001 @ 1,036,861  Posted another Hugh McDonald iForge demo (#121) and corrected errors in the last one.
    December 10, 2001 @ 1,044,209 (early)  Posted two NEW Junk Yard Hammers in the Power hammer Page Catalog of User Built and Junkyard Hammers.
    December 10, 2001 @ 1,046,633 (late)  Archived the V.Hammer-In for November.

    We now have 150 archives of the guru page and Hammer-In and are consistantly archiving at a rate of 5 a month. We also add an average of 3-1/2 illustrated iForge demos a month (current total 120). AND for the past year (and hopefully the next) we have been hosting a new chapter of Paw-paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith each month. anvilfire has something new every day as well as weekly and monthly features. In one month we now have twice as many visitors as the total of our first year! In 1998 we proclaimed anvilfire to be a NEW class of resource and it continues to be just that.

    December 19, 2001 @ 1,064,717   Corrected an error in the Armory page. "Armoury Home" now works. . details, details. .

    We have had 64,000 visits in the one month since we passed the 1,000,000 mark. That is an increase of 3,200 over November, our previous record month. Some of this increase is seasonal due to folks being inside more during cold weather but it is also a general increase in traffic of 50% over 1 year ago for the same month.

    December 26, 2001 @ 1,078,150 (165,919 iForge)  Posted our 123rd iForge demo "Ducks, Geese and Swan heads". That is 42 for this year and it will be the last demo for 2001.
    December 29, 2001 @ 1,084,400   Sent our second mailing out to "Pubbers". I am now in process of removing some (now counted) 110 registrations with bad e-mail addresses. I am surprised at the high number since we just cleaned up the list from a mailing a fw months ago.

    Updated the James Naysmyth biography key pages so they load in a frameset. Many are indexed seperately and need to open with our menu system.

    December 30, 2001 @ 1,085,935   FINISHED updating the Slack-Tub Pub registrations. There are now 1327 registered pub users and new folks register daily. If your old login doesn't work it may be because your e-mail bounced.
    December 31, 2001 @ 1,088,800 YEAR END - 600,000 "hits" for 2001  For the second month we have had 60,000+ visitors on our counters. That is up from an average of 40,000 per month at the start of the year. We almost missed our predicted traffic of 600,000+ made in July. The summer DOT.COM slump and the 9/11 tragedy hurt our traffic as it did much of the web and other businesses.

    152 Archived guru and V.Hammer-In pages
    123 iForge demos (currently our most popular feature).
    26 Book and Video reviews
    2 On-line books.
    18 Stories on the story page (plus the two books).

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