It’s the DenverInfill Blog’s 10th Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe, but it was ten years ago (July 5, 2005 to be exact) that I wrote the very first DenverInfill blog post. It had to do with an announcement for a new high-rise condo project called One Lincoln Park.

For that first year, the posts were simply dated entries in reverse chronological order on a static webpage titled for the month and located within the original DenverInfill website. You can find those posts via the “Older Archives” link under the Pages section on the right sidebar. It was in August 2006 when I transitioned to blogging software (remember Blogger?) and then on to WordPress, our current platform, in December 2009. For more on the history of DenverInfill, check out the About page or this post from our 5th Anniversary in July 2010.

Here are a few stats about the DenverInfill blog’s 10 years of existence:

  • Number of blog posts published: 1,613
    • Ken Schroeppel: 1,126
    • Ryan Dravitz: 351
    • Rick Anstey: 102
    • All Other Contributors: 34
  • Number of comments: Approximately 18,300
  • Number of images posted: 4,598
  • Number of unique development projects covered: 403
  • Number of posts that mention Union Station at least once: 454
  • Number of Facebook page likes: 4,057
  • Number of Twitter followers: 862
  • Average number of views per month: 80,000

The most viewed DenverInfill blog post ever? It’s not even close:

Guide to Suburban Denver Subdivision Names

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The Guide to Suburban Denver Subdivision Names was originally published on September 1, 2006. Simply read from left to right and select any one word from each column!

That was from back in 2006 and has been viewed in excess of 100,000 times since then and is, ironically, one of the few posts that doesn’t really have much to do with the blog’s focus: Downtown Denver infill development. More recently, the biggest traffic day was June 13, 2014 when we announced both 1144 Fifteenth Street and SkyHouse Denver (about 10,000 views that day).

Who is the typical DenverInfill blog reader? According to Google Analytics (which knows way more about your web-surfing habits than you would care to know), that person is a 25-34 year old male living in Colorado, viewing the blog on his Windows-based computer using Google’s Chrome browser or, when not at his desk, on his Apple iPhone.

A big THANK YOU! to my contributing bloggers, particularly Ryan Dravitz, who has voluntarily given so much of his time and photography expertise to help make the blog successful. However, my biggest gratitude goes to you, dear DenverInfill readers. You love Denver and are excited by its growth and revitalization and, in particular, by the eradication of those soul-sucking black holes in the urban fabric: surface parking lots. Your support and interest in DenverInfill and your commitment to helping Denver become a more vital, sustainable, and urban city has greatly contributed to the success of this blog.

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Mmmm… infillicious!

So while I’m thrilled that the DenverInfill blog has managed to survive and thrive for a decade now, the real star here is the Mile High City. With billions of dollars of investment in Downtown, the amazing Denver voter and their support at the polls, and big ambitious projects like Denver Union Station—Denver has given us so much to work with, all we’ve done was offer some play-by-play and color commentary.

Speaking of Denver Union Station, you are invited to come to our DenverInfill 10th Anniversary celebration, doubling as our Denver Urbanists MeetUp #13, on Wednesday, July 8. You can read all about it here!

By | 2016-12-01T15:40:44+00:00 July 2, 2015|Categories: Events & Meetings, History, Infill, Media, Sustainability, Urbanism|16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Fritz C July 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Happy 10th Infillaversary, Ken! More editorial content like the Subdivision Naming Guide would be heartily welcomed! Keep up the good work!

    • Ken Schroeppel July 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks, Fritz!

  2. Derek Guarascio July 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! I’m sure you won’t have any trouble reaching ten more, and ten more, and so on. Keep up the great work – your writing is much appreciated!

  3. George July 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Congratulations on ten years of excellence and being an exemplary source for information and facts on what is happening in and around Downtown Denver with all the changes and evolution.

    I am looking forward to what everyone says are the worst ten soul-sucking black holes remaining after these ten years of progress. My vote for #1 is the nearly block-long strips along both sides of Market Street between 18th and 19th Streets, but there are clearly many others which are apparent.

  4. DC July 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for all your hard work on this website. Happy ten year anniversary!

  5. Dan July 2, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Congrats! I visit your website at least twice per day. Amazed by the changes Denver has seen and eagerly awaiting what the future holds (hopefully streetcars, better retail, and more interesting infill). Go Denver!

  6. Freddie July 2, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Perhaps your subdivision naming guide has received so many views because it has become the world’s leading resource for lazy subdivision namers. 🙂

  7. Jorge Gonzalez July 3, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Congrats on your 10 year anniversary Ken. Your blog is awesome!!!

  8. Rob C July 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Awww I remember it like it was yesterday. All those blocks walked. All those pictures taken. That crazy Frontpage template. Ugh. Glad you’ve made it this far, Kenrick!

    • Ken Schroeppel July 3, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks, Rob! (and everyone else too)

  9. Chris July 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Amazing!

  10. Dan July 6, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations Ken. I’m a daily reader and have appreciated the site to satisfy my interest in Denver’s development. I appreciate that you open the site for commentary and debate. I also think your efforts to quantify development are important. My only suggestion would be to add an index to just pictures, especially just the designed and finished version without the text. Looking back through the site for pictures to refresh my memory is cumbersome. Overall, I think Infill is a great resource.

  11. Wadi Muhaisen July 6, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Happy anniversary and thank you very much for this blog, very good stuff at an important time for Denver.

  12. james July 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Great work and congratulations! Its wonderful to have a site like this to archive these activities and discuss our cities development!

  13. Ballpark resident July 6, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    It’s been an interesting 10 years in Denver’s history. looking ahead, if somebody gave you the odds that the next 10 years would be as good or better than the last 10 years, would you take it? With that in mind but with Denver look like with another $5 billion investment within the infrastructure of the city? Impressive to ponder it..!

  14. mckillio July 7, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Happy birthday and thank you for everything you do here and for the city of Denver!

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