291 posts since last July. If today is like most days, I will get my usual 17 to 20 readers and thereby pass the 4,000-hits mark, a paltry number when compared to some of the blogs that I follow.
Am I complaining? Yes and no. While I had hoped to go viral at some point, I realize that perhaps there is nothing in the archives that merit such attention, either in style or content. What motivates such a desire? Certainly not vainglory. In fact, pragmatics play a large role. Sometimes blogging leads to networking, and with those connections, opportunities to monetize the writing process. It hasn’t happened yet.
As longtime readers will remember (more about you folks later), and will perhaps agree, writing well does not come easy to me. Even though I have been putting thoughts to the page for most of my life, the words still do not flow with the ready intelligence and eloquence of someone like my Dear Sis, Cardgrrl. My syntax is sometimes disjointed; grammatical errors abound; and, even decisions about punctuation become overly complicated, as if I am writing a translation of Husserl into English. And Lord knows, my poker insights can be shallow or just dead wrong. Yet, with each post, I discover something about the writing process. I learn, and this in itself makes the endeavor worthwhile.
“Mr. bastin, get thee a blog.” A couple years ago, Gumpo wrote these words on the Poker Academy forum. I was encouraged, even though it took quite some time for me to get this thing going. And bless his heart, Gump reads this thing every time there is a new entry. So does Memphis Mojo, Crash, Opinh Bombay, Akileos, joxum, Loki9, Matt Tagg and Cardgrrl. There is also someone from Arizona, I believe someone from Poker Academy, who logs in daily, and recently, someone with an ISP of xo.net spent hours reading this thing. I know this because of Sitemeter. Well, maybe not all are daily readers, and in fact, some folks have pretty much stopped checking in, but that’s not the point. I’d just like to thank you all.
Sitemeter stats can be entertaining as well as informative, especially when the entry point to my site comes from google. Until I learned how to use poker hand converters, I would post hand histories complete with the nicks of my opponents. Occasionally one of the players would google their nick, for who knows what reason, and they would find my blog. Not so much anymore; yet one player, a Supernova on Stars, has returned to my blog a number of times, not because he is a loyal reader but because he apparently googles his nick on a regular basis. Hmmmm.
As one might suspect, not all googles are poker-related. I get hits from folks looking for information on Indian Runner ducks, Guinea fowl, and now, certain vegetable varieties I have planted, and even a couple art-related topics. Yet, these folks move on, never to read the blog again.
Time is precious, even for those of us who seem to have a lot of it on our hands. How many blogs can one read each day? A couple months ago I had to do research for a client that included reading upwards of twenty blogs a day. It was exhausting, and ultimately, boring as hell. Yet, not every blog I looked at was dull. Some were downright entertaining and extremely creative. These I bookmarked with the intention of returning for my own edification. Well, I have not looked at them since. I already spend more time on the computer than I should.
So, again Dear Readers, thank you for sticking with me. Your generosity is often reason enough to continue with this blog.