After being out of our ordinary routine for so long, the routine is hardly routine any longer. Getting used to bedtimes the way they were before heading out to the lake will take a little while again. In fact, my brain is more than a little fried tonight. It’s one of those days where there is SOOO much I could be sharing (especially after a week of silence) that it’s hard to get myself centered enough to write much of anything. So how about this? How about a thank you!
I was looking at my blog stats earlier today. Cringing and preparing myself for the worst. After all, a week with no new posts to help drive traffic? I didn’t expect much. And while yes, my daily traffic did take a bit of a nose dive, my month still ended up pretty good. Which made me think back on all the years I’ve been blogging now… and how crazy it is that so many of you stop in to check on what our family is doing, what I’m ranting about, or to find a new diy idea. It really is a little staggering, and I appreciate each and every one of you. I truly do.
By the end of August 2010, I had just finished up my 8th month of blogging. And my traffic for the month stood at 263 hits. My blog was a personal challenge, so I was thrilled that there were so many people who came by to check on my photo of the day.
In 2011 I changed the focus from a photo a day to a post a day… which opened things up a great deal for me. I still shared a great deal of images, but I also began sharing my thoughts and feelings too. August of 2o11 this blog saw 978 hits.
Now it’s 2012, and I’m in my third year of blogging. I write on a number of topics (some of which are fairly “hot button”), and I’ve switched to six posts a week, taking Fridays off. I share photo shoot previews, and personal snapshots too. But in all things, you can count on me to be open and honest. I don’t think there are really any topics I won’t discuss. If it’s important to me, I’ll share… and yes, sometimes that includes things that are seriously TMI. And this year? In August we had a total of 1910 hits (in spite of a serious drop in traffic the last week).
Are those numbers staggering? Maybe not to some. But to this crunchy momma who started this journey as a photo a day challenge to herself, not expecting anyone to really follow along? Yeah, those numbers are pretty darn amazing.
Thank you! Thank you for your “follows”, your “likes”, your “comments”, your “shares”, your “tweets”, your “pins”, and mostly? Thank you for coming along with me. Life is many things, but it’s rarely easy… and it’s nice to know that there are others along for the ride.
Here’s to another year, and many more wonderful Augusts!
I have to admit, as I slip further and further into exhaustion, I become less and less comprehendable (yes, yet another made up word – you’re welcome). In fact, my writing can become damn near incomprehensible at a certain point. Have you stumbled over one of my late night facebook comments? My word! The editor in me honestly weeps.
Here’s a recent excerpt:
I constantly praise the kid for being as smart, creative, and totally fantastic – so no way will she be one of those girls who figure their only as good as their looks. 🙂 So while she may end up valley (but knock on wood, not) she certainly won’t be bobbleheaded. LOL
And my most sincere apologies Jude, for barfing that gem as a comment on your photo last night. Seriously.
The editor in me realized the whole post should have been scrapped only moments after sharing, but it was already there. And the real rub? Along with my incomprehensible ramblings, I also become too lazy to really care. It would be one thing if my writing skills suffered, but I still cared enough to edit myself to the point of acceptability – but no. So it is that I am likely to continue spewing these types of mad musings all over FB, all over friends and family, whenever falling beyond the twinge into raging exhaution.
And seriously? Now that I’m actually awake and looking over that post? Ugh. It just makes me shudder. There is SOOOO much wrong with it. I can’t believe that left my fingers. Oh good grief.
So while I know I’m pretty freakin’ awesome, I believe my willingness to share that mephitic citation, is proof enough that I’m also completely willing to laugh at myself – as we ALL should be. 😉
I had forgotten what it was like to read something so beautiful that the words alone remind you of what it is to be passionate. How they are strung together, the choice of each so careful and deliberate that your heart soars with each syllable. So used to the simple choices of most children’s books I had abandoned the memory of things so attentively scribed. Tonight I thrilled in the sublime usage of words divine.
It has been so very long since I read something where the words alone thrilled me so. We’re only two chapters into The Search for Wondla but already my writerly self is more fulfilled and ecstatic than it’s been in a very, very, VERY long, long, long while. LOL
I’m sure for some folk this may not make even a lick of sense, but for those of you who do get it? I know your hearts will be leaping along with me on this little discovery. It really is so rare these days (among literature of ANY kind) to find work that makes your heart leap. Awesome stories? You bet, there’s a lot of them out there. Fabulous characters? Even more so. Intricate worlds? There are still a few new places to explore. But words worth reading just for the sake of how beautifully they are composed? It has been decades since I read something where the words alone made my head spin with possibilities.
I’m aware that The Search for Wondla is juvenile fiction, but if you’re any kind of word-nerd, head over to wondla.com right now. Order a paperback, hardcover edition, or even the ebook or audiobook. Trust me. Like I said, we’ve only begun to dive into our search for Wondla – we’re only two chapters in… and already I know it’s going to be unforgettable!
As a writer myself, I loved this!
Her and I were sitting in my Dad’s van (borrowed it for an errand today, needed the interior space). I looked back, and she was digging out her notebook to document everything going on around us. 🙂 Girl always travels with her notebook, pen, and crayons in her little bag… ready to record at a moments notice.
And yes! My wee girlie has now upgraded to a booster seat rather than an infant car seat. Can’t believe how big she’s getting!