In the name of Robert the Bruce, and for Scotland the Brae, I claim this territory….wait, what? There are already people blogging here?!
Three years ago today, on November 21, 2011 – 1096 days – (I get an extra day, because 2012 was a leap year) I published my first post. It wasn’t even as interesting as this one, and that’s saying as little as I can.
The blogosphere has become a miniature allegory for the larger social life that I left when I retired. People come, people go, most are nice, a few are assholes, many are creative, some are inspiring, all are interesting, in many ways.
I’d like to say that I’m still taking baby steps, but in my case, they’re doddering, arthritic, old-man steps. I’ve learned how to insert pictures, as a visual accent to my sometimes ponderous prose. BrainRants turned me on to the 100-word Flash Fiction genre, and I’m learning how to be more concise.
While I post because I feel I have something to say, however inane or inconsequential, I do so for the feeling of connectedness. I wish to continue, both for the connections, and the fact that, at my age, inertia keeps me doing whatever works. It gives me something to do to help fill the many empty retirement hours, with something at least vaguely stimulating and productive. I like to think that he was happy doing so, but my father spent his last ten years trapped in his house, staring at television.
My stat numbers are not important in themselves, but rather, they are an indication of how successful I am at communication, and my education and entertainment of my readers.
Still solidly in the middle in all categories, this is the end of my third year, where there are newbies every week, and old-timers who have been at this for ten years or more. I’ve had over 500 followers, 16,000 views, and 5,100 comments, although I’ve realized that I can increase that last number simply by replying to every incoming submission, if only with just a smiley face.
I’ve gone from ‘worrying’, to merely wondering, where I’ll get the inspirations to continue, but, just like a hundred posts ago, I have enough drafts ‘in the can’ to reach 400 posts – something which will occur around Christmas – and beyond, and ideas slowly bubble to the surface, like methane at the La Brea Tar Pits. I’m pretty sure I can do at least half a personal millennium. Look out 500! Here I come.
While I’ve been successful at egotistically making this sound like it’s all about “ME”, it isn’t. It’s really all about you. Whether you’re a first-time reader, or one who’s been here hundreds of time, you’ve made it a pleasurable three years, and I look forward to seeing you for lots more. 😆