Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Land of a thousand blog posts

Yesterday I posted my 1,000th blog post.

I've been blogging for about 4 years and eight months. At a thousand posts, that's about one post every 1.7 days on average. My longest hiatus was six weeks in May and June of this year. Except for that, I think I've posted at least once almost every week since I started.

Why do I blog? That's a good question. It's not for popularity; I've had around 85,000 total page loads, which is less than some popular blogs get in a day. It's definitely not for the money; I've earned $5.02 from ads on this site (not even enough to get paid yet).

I guess I blog mainly for two reasons. The first is self-expression. I like to write. It feels good to try to say something, to try to express humor, or sorrow, or outrage. It feels even better when it works, when I've made someone else feel the same way (or the opposite way).

I don't think I'm especially good at writing. I'll never be more than a hack. But I have improved a lot. Compared to what I could do 10 or 20 years ago, my writing is a lot better now. When I read my old, pre-blog stuff, I often cringe. I rarely cringe at what I write now. Practice makes better, I guess.

The other reason I blog is that it's a form of human contact. It's a way to interact with people. I know people all over the world from blogging. Since I find making and keeping friends IRL to be a real struggle, that's very important to me.

Anyway, what I really want to say with this post is "Thank you." Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for linking. It means a lot to me. It really does.

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4 comments:

  1. Your Aunt Becky just wrote about this on Mommy Wants Vodka.

    I never imagined how much blogging would seriously change my life because of all the people I've met. I only discovered your blog recently, but I love it! Keep blogging!

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  2. Wow, 4 years that seems like such a long time, it goes so fast doesn't it? Well, I love your stuff man, keep up the good work. Here's to another 4.

    On Writing: A big part of writing is make believe, I know that I'm terrible, but pretend that I'm awesome. I've almost convinced myself as much. Delusion is a wonderful thing. It helps, if only a little. Then after a (long) while I start getting infinitesimally better. It's cool eh.

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  3. Thanks, Loren. Getting better at stuff is fun!

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