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Maggie Soars Past 10,000 Visitors! Grandma says, ‘Let’s Have Pie!’

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Maggie welcomed her 10,000th visitor on Sunday. Grandma said, “Let’s have pie!”

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Grandma just knew that the 10,000th visitor to Maggie’s blog would appear sometime Sunday evening, so she baked one of her blue-ribbon rhubarb pies, and then she shoo-shooed Maggie and Troy away from the dinner table without dessert, until company arrived.

“The visitor counter climbed steadily from 9,950 to 9,999,” Maggie said, recalling the moment. “But then, it just froze there, not moving! It was at 9,999 forever!”

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonWith the 10,000th visitor due any second, the big question was, From where on earth would the 10,000th visitor arrive? 

Just as the clock struck seven on Sunday, July 21st, 2013, the answer came — the visitor was from, wait for it… Columbia, Missouri!

“Well isn’t that wonderful?” Grandma said, smiling sweetly. “Let’s have pie!”

Maggie and Troy and everybody else here in Grain Valley had a good laugh. It’s a knee-slapper because Kansans and Missourians have been big rivals since, like forever. Especially in sports. But not in pole-vaulting, because everybody knows that everyone who pole-vaults wants the highest and best for each other, no matter where they come from. It’s in the code.

10000_Worldwide“It was awesome to see that 10 followed by so many zeroes,” Maggie said. “It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come since, well, you know.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters, coaches, and teachers who identify with its inspiring message for young people, and, most importantly, by young people themselves.

Since the novel was published in October 2012, Maggie has inspired readers all over the world.

“Today we watched Maggie soar to another amazing PR! (Personal Record),” said author Grant Overstake. “As an author, I feel lucky and fortunate and blessed that she came into my life, and let me tell her story. She’s a real storybook hero who continues to inspire and amaze me. I’m humbled and happy that she’s having the same impact on so many others as well.”

Most of the blogs 10,000 views were to posts about vaulters receiving Maggie Awards.

‘Maggie Award’ winners attracted the most blog views.

How did Maggie reach the 10,000 visitor milestone? Which blog post drew the most readers? Besides the United States, where in the world did the visitors come from?

If you look at the top blog posts (below) you see a lot of people who were inspired by Maggie’s story have their own inspiring stories to tell. And, many of the posts drew wide readership because they featured young vaulters who received Maggie Awards for remarkable camp or street vault performances, and that’s great!

Top 10 Blog Posts

1. ‘Maggie’ Brings Back Golden Memories to Veteran Coach, Father of Champions

2. ‘Visions of the Vault’ Captures Joe Dial’s Awesome Journey ‘Over the Moon’

3. Sunflower State’s Top Vaulter Nick Meyer Commits to Kansas Jayhawks

4. ‘Maggie’ Inspires Olympian Erica Bartolina’s Vaulters to Soar Over the Moon

5. National Record Holder Makayla Linebarger Follows ‘Maggie’ Over the Moon

6. PR City! Gold Medal Campers Win Maggie Awards

7. ‘Maggie’ Celebrates Texas River Vault Champions

8. Inspired by Maggie, Kristen Harris Soars to Record Heights for Tabor College

9. Tailwind Youth Vaulters Win Inaugural ‘Maggie Awards’

10. Come on Down! Maggie Travels to Texas River Vault Championship!

Endorsements from outstanding teen vaulters like Makayla Linebarger, US Record Holder (Under 14) have helped Maggie soar.

Endorsements from teen vaulters like Makayla Linebarger, US Record Holder (Under 14), help Maggie soar!

Views by Country

Pole-vaulting is a rapidly growing sport world-wide. Thanks to the Internet, people are more connected than ever, bringing the vaulting community even closer. People all over the world are interested in learning more about Maggie, the first novel that captures the thrills and excitement of pole-vaulting.

“I’ve been told by people overseas that Maggie is going to make a huge impact in the international vaulting community,” Overstake said. “She’s made it down under to Australia, and more exciting international events are in Maggie’s future. We’re finding new ways to allow people to purchase the book anywhere in the world, and that will really help.”

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