But lately, other bloggers have been posturing as to the importance of their existence, as well as to mine and theirs and other peoples’. So I thought it might be fun to post my opinion on the matter.
Ok, ok…not really. I was kidding when I posted my comment on XO’s post, because if I really got cupcakes for doing what I do out here, do ya think I’d tell you guys about it? Hell no! They’d be mine! ALL MINE!!!
Satyavati said it perfectly in those comments, IMO. If I didn’t blog, my head would explode. Before I blogged, I wrote random “essays,” I guess you might call them, in Word on whatever computer I happened to be on at the time. Then I started reading blogs for fun when the term leaked into my state of conscience back in 2004, and the rest is history.
Admittedly, back in 2006 when our local weekly gave me the award for being the Best Blog About Real Life, I felt pretty damned good. We were out to dinner, and I was feeling a bit low about something or another, and Leo told me the news as we sipped our first margarita. I jumped up and down in my seat! He went to the front door of the restaurant that happened to have a Pitch dispensary, or whatever they are, and we searched through it to find the page I was mentioned on. And there it was! In all it’s glory! It was nice.
But it wasn’t the end-all-be-all for my writing “career” for heaven’s sake.
For the record, because apparently there is some relative interest in this subject right now, here is the tracking I have of page visits and views over the past 12 months:
I haven’t been tracking it for all that long, that I can recall…and it’s something I don’t pay that much attention to, because it doesn’t matter to me. And to be honest, I don’t understand it all that well either. The difference between a visit and a page view, and what counts as a visit or a page view, and what does it all mean when it comes to someone finding me via a link from another blog, or from a google search, and is it good that I had over 5,000 page views in the month of April, etc, etc…BAH! Don’t. Care. (And Sitemeter is what I use to track shit. Not some random, “Your blog is THIS popular!” website…)
I’m not out here to earn money from advertising, or to get famous, or to be discovered in any way. Other than as a break during the day for people who like to read me. If people like reading, and they wanna come back because they like reading, that’s just peachy.
Sometimes, it’s about just getting it out of our head. That’s all. I like it that way…