February 27, 2011

Well, aside from my “writer’s block” of about 3 months, I had forgotten how long I have had this blog.

I looked back, and saw that my first entry was February 23, 2011. Just a little over a year ago. Wow, a whole year has passed. According to my statistics on wordpress.com, I have had 222 entries to date, and 198 comments! Not bad, I suppose.

Some other interesting stats that you may find interesting as well… the busiest month for people reading my blog was in June 2010. The highest number of readers in one day was 75 people. And, to date, over 4,700 hits have been made to my blog.

I realize that this is not the most read blog site on wordpress. I know that blogs have been written for a long time by people all around the world. However, for me, I think this is incredible. I await the day that I will see that over 10,000 people have visited my blog. That, for me will be the next milestone.

Being here in Taiwan, is a bit of a handicap. Having many students, teachers, and friends in Taiwan, not all of them will take the time to read my blog. Sure, many of them do, and I applaud their efforts to read what I write.

I do ‘promote’ the fact that I write a blog. When I assign homework to my students, where they are required to write 50 or 75 word essays, I point out, and when possible, show them that I write a blog. I also tell them that I write or at least try to write, 1000 words a day. Granted, some days are more, and some less.

Looking over some of my blog entries, it is interesting to see what I write about. Some days I just ramble on, other times I delve into a specific topic. I talk about my cats, my classes, and my family.

My only regret is that I did stop writing for such a lengthy amount of time. I almost got to the point where I didn’t want to write. Writer’s block, or just nothing to say. Perhaps just laziness.

I remember a few times telling my family (dad, mom, sister) to continue writing. For some, it was the fact that people weren’t reading their blogs. I told them that it matters not whether people read it or not. The fact that you are writing, getting feelings out, discussing issues that matter to you, was more important than how many people actually read it.

And, again, I reiterate that statement again, but this time, I have to say it to myself. As much as I enjoy seeing the numbers of readers increase, and the amount of comments received, I have to follow my own comments that I so freely gave to my family.

Write. Write about what you know. Don’t be concerned with who or how many people are reading. Writing is a good way to express your own feelings and thoughts without having someone interrupt you.

At times the comments may be good and bad. But I have to keep perspective on things. Not everyone is going to agree with what I write. Not everyone is going to like what I write. Not everyone is going to understand what I write. For me, just knowing that people are reading, and getting to know me a little more, be it good or bad, is encouragement enough to continue writing.

So, for anyone out there who is contemplating starting their own blog, I say “GO FOR IT”! Let me know, and I’ll add your blog link to my list of links.

That’s it, that’s all… for now!


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