During some downtime on Thanksgiving Day at my mom’s, I decided to check my blog for comments. At least two people (siblings) walked by, saw what I was doing, and accused me of being "addicted". What! Me? Well, maybe. I do love it. I recently received an email from a total stranger from Cape Cod,who said she reads my blog - how cool is that! This last week I have received two emails from old friends that I have not seen in about 20 + years, but through other friends they have found my blog and are reading it! Although I am always amazed that anyone reads my blog, I love hearing and being in touch with old friends. Most of them do not comment, but if they did, they would find a reunion of mutual friends. I love it. It makes me feel so connected in a way that without my blog, I would not have. Yet, sometimes I feel a little pressure to write “interesting stuff” but don’t count on it. My life is what it is.
In the past couple of days, my site meter has shown that I have had about 60 hit’s a day. While this is not anything big to the big bloggers out there, this is double my usual amount of readers. Of course, some people are just passing through looking for something else - sometimes very odd things. Sometimes they find people or info they can use. I have had people email me and say things like, “I went to school with …can you put me in touch with him/her?” By the way, I am always very careful of giving out email addresses to strangers. Sometimes I get a good laugh at what people google and find on my blog. I’m sure they are disappointed, but it makes me smile.
So why am I getting more traffic on my blog? Could it be my excellent writing and great stories - Hah! I doubt it. It could be that I comment on lots of other blogs, people see that, and come to my blog to see who I am. Once again, I wonder what they are thinking when they see my blog. Are they thinking, “What crazy person wrote that…” or “Wow, that was an intelligent comment…”? Then they find the blog of a mother, grandmother, ranch-hand who rarely says anything serious. What do they think? I find it fascinating.
Recently, I have found some more milblogs to read. Chris is a doctor in Iraq and very interesting. Desert Dude and Shawn Beaird are typical soldiers writing about their everyday life. Lt. Nixon can rant like no other. Sgt. Grumpy and This War and Me also give their two cents on serving and living in Iraq. All are worth looking at, but remember they are soldiers and sometimes their language is …interesting. Reading and commenting on their blogs is my way of supporting them - a very small way.
My friend Dawn has started a blog too. I think it is worth a look. I love her family and her friendship. Welcome her to the photosphere. Today, TFNP has a very funny post about his little princes if you want a good laugh.
Yep, I love this blog thang.