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Nearly 1,000,000 - a contest!

June 6, 2007 ·

Congratulations to Chris Schmitz! He snapped the site at 999,999 and provided an exact timestamp, per the contest rules! Thank you to all the other folks who entered - I had about dozen entries in total, with half of those being within a very narrow window, around quarter past midnight!
Nearly 1,000,000 visitors have come to An Architect's View since I started blogging in June 2002. Dan Wilson suggested that I run a contest for the millionth visitor and then donated a prize so here's the contest! The counter, as of this posting, is at 999,409. The person who takes a screenshot of the counter when it is closest to 1,000,000 visitors and sends it to me will win the "Flex 2 Essential Training" videos from But wait, you Photoshoppers... Sure, anyone can cheat. So to help prevent PhotoshopFraud, you must also send me the time you took the screenshot. This is something I can easily double check (because only I will know the timestamps on all the other screen shots submitted!). The winner will be announced a few days after the counter reaches 1,000,000 visitors (to allow for folks to get their screenshots in). The videos are being donated by Dan Wilson who is very keen for this contest to happen and, for some strange reason, really likes my blog! Many thanx to Dan. Get screen grabbing!

Tags: blogging · coldfusion · flex

14 responses

  • 1 Dale Fraser // Jun 5, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    That sounds like hard work.

    Cant you put in a bit of code?

    <cfif application.millionDone neq true>
    <cfif counter gte 1000000>
    You are 1000000th visitor
    Form ask for Email Address
    <cfif emailAddressEntered>
    <cfset application.millionDone = true />

    So the first visitor on or after a million who enters an email address wins.
  • 2 Ken Auenson // Jun 5, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    I feel silly asking, but where is your counter?
    I don't see it...
  • 3 Sean Corfield // Jun 5, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    @Dale, the counter is provided by Site Meter - not ColdFusion. Therefore I have no direct programmatic access to the count.

    @Ken, near the bottom of the right hand column.
  • 4 Dale Fraser // Jun 5, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Thanks Sean,

    I'll make sure im on the dot then.
  • 5 Mitch // Jun 5, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    looks like it will happen while i'm in bed... where's that applescript code to refresh and screen capture? zzzzzz

    good luck!

  • 6 Ken Auenson // Jun 5, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    I just uninstalled and re-installed IE7 on my laptop yesterday...
    something is causing me not to see the Site Meter counter there.
    It works great in Firefox, tho!
    Congrats on 1 mil, by the way!
  • 7 Sam Farmer // Jun 5, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Thats pretty cool that you are approaching a million visitors...however the site meter seems to have disappeared (at least in both Firefox and Safari on a Mac)
  • 8 Mark // Jun 6, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    I got 1,000,004 - does that win?
  • 9 Hilary Bridel // Jun 6, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    I got 1,000,007 !
  • 10 Dale Fraser // Jun 6, 2007 at 1:10 AM


    Missed it, too busy, 1,000,040 right now if no one gets closer, but I think they will.
  • 11 Ashier // Jun 6, 2007 at 1:11 AM

    Hi, I'm your 1,000,030th visitor.

    View link below
  • 12 Sean Corfield // Jun 6, 2007 at 1:24 AM

    Well, it seems that no one managed to be exactly the 1,000,000th visitor but a couple of people managed to be within 1 of it so it's going to come down to timestamp. One submission had a timestamp down to the second, the other did not. Once I have the timestamp for that second submission, I'll declare a winner.

    Thanx for playing folks and thanx for visiting my site so much!
  • 13 Peter Bell // Jun 6, 2007 at 2:25 AM

    Congrats on all the visitors - shame I was too slow - seemed like this would be a nice chance to test out some scripting :->
  • 14 Steve // Jun 6, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Argh, I should have never gone to sleep last night!