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From the Notebook

I didn’t really get a chance to celebrate, so I’m going to do it again: Somehow I lasted ten years as a blogger. Over that time, I published over 5000 posts. This is an average of two posts per weekday, 50 weeks a year, for ten years. Also, between the three primary websites, I averaged just over two thousand hits per month over that ten years. I’m just a little bit proud of all that, even if it’s been an ugly and barely readable blog since 2009.

I have no plans for the future of blog. My goal is not to publish anymore junk. I want to produce longer and higher quality posts, stuff that I could publish later. Also, I want to get serious as a novelist, and this means most of my spare time will be spent on large products, not this blog. And I don’t think anyone cares enough about anymore to get all worked up over this.

Annual Traffic Report:

2014 stats

Nothing much to report, though it is interesting that there was a huge increase in December when I had a flood of posts as I tried to hit that 5000 post goal I set for myself.

Books Read:

Aaron Clarey’s Bachelor Pad Economics. It’s an essential purchase for young men. I’m hoping to give it a full review sometime later.

Proverbs (RSV)

Audio Books:

Pauline Epistles, Catholic Letters, Book of Revelations (KJV)

How I Write by Janet Evanovich. The story of her struggling for ten years to get an agent and a publisher should serve as an important lesson for any wannabe writer. As far as writing is concerned, her suggestions are similar to other articles and books I’ve read.

CEO of the Sofa by P.J. O’Rourke. I’ve read the book before, but the audiobook is fantastic. Very funny, if a bit dated.

Other self-education:

Kmart Forklift operation and safety training. So, it’s work-related. Sue me. Just be thankful I didn’t mention every one of the 104 other learning modules I passed.

Random Link:

http://playbooknovel.com/

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5000th Post

Agrippa-5000a

Seriously?

Seriously:

5000

Now I can go do stuff outside…

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Year 9 Traffic Report

It’s time once again for the most exciting post of the year!!!

The annual traffic report!!!

 

2013 traffic

 

Thankfully, I have no shareholders, or else I’d be fired from this blog.

Nine Years

oy

2011 Blog Stats

Not surprisingly, when you stop blogging regularly, your traffic disappears:

 

Also, this is the 4806th blog post I’ve published (plus or minus a lot via lost data), in 222 categories and 522 tags.

Eight Years

Limping in, but it’s still eight years of blogging. There are no promises I can make moving forward. The passion to ‘blog’ and identify myself as a ‘blogger’ are gone for good. I’m still hoping to use this site as a platform for my other stuff, including the novel I’m about halfway done with, and a writing guide I have outlined. After eight years, the passion for expressing an opinion on everything I wish to seems, well, entirely pointless. And there’s Twitter for the pointless stuff.  Believe it or not, I still write-out blog posts I want to publish in a notebook. It’s just the path from notebook to blog that has some obstacles. My standards have also been raised, I expect a certain amount of quality when it comes to my writing, and blogging  tends to erode those standards (and there’s Twitter for that sort of thing). Who knows what the future will bring. (Well, it won’t be bringing a bunch of blog posts from me anytime soon, but otherwise…)

From the Notebook

-Part VI of my Economic Myths Debunked Debunked series is due up sometime this week. I did not forget.

-National Novel Writing Month is on, I’m ‘participating’ in that I’m hoping to get about 30,000 words done on a manuscript I’ve been kicking around for about a year now. Posting may be light[er].

-Read Richard Nixon’s Beyond Peace, his final book, published just after his death in 1994. It was amazing. His views on foriegn policy were nearly prophetic. He warned against a new Russian dictatorship. His predictions about China were dead-on, including the economic influence China would have in the near future. Nixon predicts a credit crisis involving the government’s deficits. And there are some great passages regarding faith, its public role and private necessity. Outside of his views on the drug war and gun control, which comprised about a page or so of the entire book, the whole of the book was outstanding. Nixon creates a framework for what to do in the age of peace. I can’t say enough good things about this book.

-Part V of my dystopian series on the future of healthcare should be up on the MassProLife website sometime in the next week.

100,000

Sweet. And it only took 1230 days, that’s 3 years, 4 months and 13 days, to get there on WordPress (and that is a bit faster than blogger).