Thursday, September 25, 2008

Spike!



Further to the HRC GameShow idea that I left in Blazing's commbox earlier:

I should leave comments on other people's blogs more often.

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State of the Blog:
I was just looking and noticed I'm coming up on 2000 posts to this site. It used to be called The Devout Life, but I realised after a while that I was getting a bit bored as a "Catholic blogger" and thought I'd try just writing in general about life. Life in the Kingdom of Doom. It seems to have worked out fairly well. Site stats have shown that it is getting a steady readership.

I put the site meter on in March and it was up and down for a bit but seems to have steadied out at a little over 4200 "visits" a month and a total as of today of 44,635 "page views" (I don't know what the difference is between these...no, that's OK, I don't want an explanation).

I've seen that the photos of my various adventures around Britain and in Rome are particularly appreciated and get lots of links. You can thank my mum who made a point of leaving me her digital camera. The Judy Doloughan Memorial Camera.

I was talking with Fr. Finigan last night and he said it was nice to go to the London Blognic and meet ordinary non-bloggers who told him that they follow his blog and appreciate it. I've met a few people over the years who have said more or less the same thing, and it is nice. Weird, but nice.

We both agree that it is odd though, because as much as we think of the 'sphere, especially the catho-sphere as being like a little gossipy village, there is an equally strong feeling of sitting here in one's sitting room with one's screen and talking to one's self. Or to just the usual crowd of five or six people who regularly comment.

We also agreed that the blogging urge is incurable. Not everyone has the gene to get addicted to this peculiar hobby, but if you do, and once you start, it seems that there is just no going back. Even if you are only a small potatoes blogger like myself. One simply cannot stop. I know. I've tried several times. I always enjoy going through the site meter's location list and marvel at the incredibly vast distances my little obsession travels. It's also fun to watch the time zone thing as different countries sign in at different times of day as the dinner hour travels around the planet.

The usual thing is lots and lots of 'Mericans where I have loads of blogging buddies, peppered with Canuckistanis dreaming of freedom. But increasingly I've got people from some very obscure and mythic realms. Exotic Shangri-la kind of places like Singapore and Thailand, Jakarta and Guadalajara, Denmark and Leicestershire. Places I never dreamed I'd be visiting, even virtually.

Anyway, before I get down to some more serious work, I thought I'd say hello and a sincere thank you, especially to all my little gang of buddies (and my loyal enemies) who have come along for the last five or so years. Thanks for all the links and comments, insults and jibes, discussions and contributions (and books sent in the post, of which there have been not a few). And thanks for laughing at my jokes, which I know aren't always very funny. You'se is pals.

You know who you are.

1 comment:

Jeff Culbreath said...

You're welcome.