I missed it! I can’t believe I actually missed my own blog anniversary. My first post was May 19, 2008. I remember four days later, during a busy week when I had houseguests, and started writing this post, but never finished it.
I haven’t been finishing much lately. Only the necessary things. And the blog isn’t necessary. Or lucrative, since I don’t run ads (someday, maybe, if I ever have time to research how it’s done) and don’t have a tip jar (which some people have told me I should, but I just can’t bring myself to do it). Then again, it did get me a columnist job at the New Mexico Independent, which doesn’t exactly pay enough for me to quit my day job (oh yeah, my day job doesn’t pay either) but at least it pays for the bandwidth.
In my first post (which, I have to admit, sounds a little stuffy now) I asked whether the world really needed a new blog, and concluded that it didn’t, but that I was going to start one anyway. At the time, a friend told me I ought to start two blogs, one personal and one political. I thought about it, since her point had merit. A lot of people who like my personal posts are probably turned off by my politics, and some readers who enjoy the political posts are probably bored by the ones about my kids and the minutiae of a semi-suburban, semi-rural housewife’s life.
But so what? If they don’t want to read it, they don’t have to. And even if I did write a purely political blog, it would never in a million years be one of the big ones. As Michelle Malkin said in a profile of five prominent women bloggers about how to succeed in the blogosphere,
it takes a work ethic. You’re not going to be successful if you only post 2 or 3 times a day…
I will never be successful on the scale that Malkin is because the idea of only posting 2 or 3 times a day at this point in my life is nothing short of ludicrous. I don’t even post once a day. The past month or so, I’m lucky if I post three times a week. I just can’t sit and post for several hours a day, every day, rain or shine, sick kids or well. I’m not Michelle Malkin, who has two kids who go to school, and probably a nanny as well. I’m a homeschooling mother of four who likes to cook everything from scratch and read to my kids and take on stupid projects I ought to be smart enough to leave alone.
Considering my recent lack of consistent posting, I was pretty amazed today when my stat program reported over 1400 hits so far today. The really amazing thing to me is that my total hits during the past year (I installed the stat program in June 2008, a couple of weeks after I began the blog) have been…drumroll, please…245,979. That’s almost a quarter of a million!
And that’s without following The Other McCain’s rules for How to Get a Million Hits on your Blog in Less than a Year. Who has the time? Not I, obviously. And anyway, even if I could get a million hits, I don’t know how to make the statistics appear on the blog itself, the way they do with SiteMeter, but will try to figure it out. If I find the time (ha!). I could just sign up with SiteMeter, but don’t really want to start the counter from zero at this point. Vanity of vanites. All is vanity.
And now the baby’s crying and I have to go. As usual.