Well here it is Friday! Not only that it’s the last day of the month and this is my final post that completes my self-imposed 30-Day Challenge or my Month of Blogging Dangerously. My task was to post something every day during the month of September. So, time for some review, a reality check of sorts.
I’ve tried to post on a variety of subjects (30 Ways) running the course from updating my man card to stinkin’ thinkin’, capital punishment and true confessions, all no doubt Evidences of a Troubled Past. I made it through! It’s been a challenging but interesting thirty days and has certainly given me an appreciation for those who post every day.
So, how’d you do? If you managed to follow along through most of these posts during the month congratulate yourself, give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it. Thank you!
Posting daily does have it’s advantages. My average daily readers for the month more than doubled to 75 and pushed my total visitors from more than 1600 for both July and August to more than 2200 in September alone.* Readers from 43 states and 38 countries have stopped in since this blog began on June 29th.
The one post that got the most attention this month was Confessions. I guess people love reading about the bad and the ugly. Someone once said taking a risk is the only way to write deadly honest prose. Well I certainly took a risk and it was “deadly honest.” That post brought the most readers to visit this blog in a single day. Previously the most one-day visits was 112 for my September 2nd post Warm Subjects – Filling the Chairs. Confessions brought a nearly two-fold increase with 216 readers its first day and 106 the next. By sometime today more than 4,000 visits will have been made to this — my little corner of the blogosphere — since the end of June.
Now I understand that in the blogger’s world those numbers are miniscule, laughable at best when compared to the big guns. But it’s really not about the numbers (although the bigger the better), but in the words of the French philosopher Baron de Montesquieu my concern is not to make people read, but to make them think.
One reader wrote me in an email about my post Confessions: There are a lot of people in our generation going through unemployment, divorce, familial estrangement, et. al. You have a way of being ‘above the fray’ in the way you carry yourself and write about interpersonal clashes. By keeping it so deeply personal, you draw in people who can only imagine ‘what it must be like’.
Well my thanks to that reader and I’m happy to have drawn others in, if only for them to imagine what it must be like. To witness something vicariously can be a good thing, because it ain’t easy being me. And for now that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
So I’m taking a breather. At least for a few days. Thanks again for following along, if only vicariously, I hope you’ll visit again. Thanks too to those who wrote comments. I’ll be back with a new post and renewed vigor sometime next week.
What do all these posts from the last 30 days mean in the bigger, wider scheme of things? Not much… and life goes on.
*Through September 29th.