A little over two years ago, I realized something. I had a lot of “stuff” that was sitting in word processing files on my computer, “draft posts” as it were, and I didn’t really know what to do with them. Oh, I was blogging, but it was political blogging at a few sites, and to be honest, none of them were appropriate for what I had. While I’m a news junkie, and interested in politics, it’s not the only thing – or even the major thing – I’m interested in. I hated to waste that other stuff, so after looking around at various blogging sites, I decided to create the blog you see here. This would be my personal blog, the place where I could write about whatever happened to interest me at the moment. Two years ago today, the first post went up.
It was another month before the next one – I was very busy on Daily Kos at the time – and the next few detailed my decision to leave Daily Kos. Yes, since then I’ve written a lot about politics here, but I’ve also written about parks, a lot of humor posts, including my infamous “LOLPictures” ones, and science and technology. Heck there are even a couple of book and web comic posts in the mix there. But mainly, I’ve ended up commenting on politics, which falls under the “so much for that plan” category.
What’s changed this past year is the number of readers I’m getting. The first 8 months of this blog, I was averaging less than 10 hits a day. In the next 4, it went up to to around 30. This past year, that figure is way beyond that. The “66,000 hits” are mostly from this past year. While I’d like to flatter myself by thinking that the “boom” in hits was due to my efforts, it was actually due to fortuitous stupidity on the part of Glenn Greenwald. Which is fine by me, I appreciated the readers that I gained by it.
What did I learn this year, that I’m going to take into next year? For one thing, that I’m not going to publish “I’m on hiatus” posts, since most of those ended up with me breaking the hiatus fairly quickly. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be breaks, often long ones at times, because there will. I go through cycles where I can turn out two or three blog posts a day, and others where I can’t work up the effort to do anything. I also have a life outside of the blogs, and that takes priority over writing posts.
Which is something for new readers here to remember. This is my personal blog, and that means I will jump between subjects when the mood strikes, and if I feel like writing something. If something does interest me enough at the moment to write about, it’ll show up here, unless it’s something I feel is better on Blue Wave News or over at The Albany Project. Some people elsewhere (i.e.; people I’ve irritated) have stated that hits and “money” were my motivation for writing some of my “frustrati” posts. Funny, I was writing them long before this blog started getting more than a handful of hits, so I don’t think that’s the case. It also isn’t about money. This is a plain WordPress blog, which means there is no advertising. In other words, having more hits doesn’t equate to money. Yes, it’s nice to have the hits, but as I said back in June, I don’t get paid for this.
I also have no interest in making blogging a career, or becoming a “personality,” thank you. Yes, I do have an ego, and it’s very gratifying to see that people are reading this, either liking it or having screaming conniption fits over it. The screaming conniption fits aren’t here, but I do know they’re happening. As gratifying as it is, I also recognize that in reality I’m not all that major a player, and I’m not going to be. I’m fine with that, in fact, I’m rather happy with things as they are.
So what’s coming up for next year? Well, it’s a presidential election year, so expect to see a lot of posts on what the Republicans are doing, along with issue posts. I also plan on smacking any idiots on the Left who can’t grasp the simple concept that allowing Republicans control of the government is an outstandingly bad idea. I’m hoping to get around to revamping some things here. One of aspects I’ve let slide has been getting the the tags and categories correctly assigned to older posts, and it means that this blog isn’t as searchable as it could be. I may also be changing formats, along with doing some links weeding and reorganizing. There’s a lot of blogs out there, and I’m sure I’m missing a number of them, along with a few which are on my list which have gone on hiatus or “dark.”
So, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read what I write. It’s been fun to read the comments, as well as seeing reactions. I do appreciate it, and I hope you’ll keep reading. But don’t expect to agree with me on everything. 😆