I am just so full of myself, whenever any of my friends ask me how’s the blog doing, I am always quick to point out that I have had 176 (or whatever) posts and have written a 250,000 words. Can I just say …? Exaggeration to a massive degree. Oh gosh the number count is correct (I have only used 139,000 words to convey my message), but the total words are significantly less than a quarter million. I have also been bragging constantly to my daughter “the Author” about how expressive I am with my writing. Well I lied LOL LOL. I am not nearly as expressive as I thought, oh sure some of you will argue that I am indeed quite wordy and can find ways to stretch simple statements into long-winded paragraphs. You may be right, but I won’t admit it. By the way, the numbers don’t lie LOL I need to use more words.
My 1st post was published on June 17, 2012, it was 249 words long and I really had to struggle to write that many words, and as I wrote I searched and searched in my brain for more words, more thoughts, more energy, that was the best I could come up with. My how times have changed. 66 weeks have passed since my 1st post. I have failed only 3 times during this period not having a single post go out during a week. I almost average 3 posts a week, which isn’t bad. But I have to fellow blogger friends who write and write and write, and then post and post. I suspect each of them averages 4 or 5 blogs a week, and the one, hell she probably posts 10 times a week. The most amazing thing is that both of them write the most entertaining stuff. Anyway back to me, one of those weeks I wasn’t creative was the week I was on the Disney Cruise Vacation. Looking at the calendar it would appear I was just lazy the other two times it happened. Had I known I had been on such a streak maybe I wouldn’t have been quite so lazy those weeks. What is surprising (at least to me) is I have managed to blog even the weeks I have been in the hospital since the inception of this blog. Since June 2012, I have spent 34 nights in the hospital. Hell I haven’t spent 34 nights in hotels the last 2 years (counting the cruise nights). BTW room service is much better on a cruise or in a nice hotel, than at the hospital. Of those 34 nights most of the time I was really sick LOL LOL. Yet with my trusty rusty laptop I managed to get a post out. I would say that’s impressive (NOT), it just means I was bored.
Since I have started of my blog I have written 166 posts, and have reblogged an addition 10 posts for a total today of 176 posts, this post will be 177. Of the 166 posts I have created, 5 have been purely pictures with no text of merit. So for the sake of the numbers I have created 161 posts. Of the things I write about most, #1 is my health (“How I Feel’s … “of which I have written 67 the most covered), #2 Grandpa Tails, and #3 Ramblings. My longest post was 2728 words long and it spoke about all the jobs I have had during my career. The shortest was 175 words and it was a “How I feel Today” post. My average post is 860 words long, which keeps it under the self-imposed benchmark of 1,000 words per post, which means I can still write plenty of posts over a 1,000 words without exceeding the average 1000 words per post mandate. Another tidbit of information which I find a bit amusing is that my Blog has received 1,325 comments, which is great considering I have posted 176 times. What is sad about the 1325 comments is that I made 463 of them, and sad is not the right word at all. It means that I have had very nice conversations in the comment section of my blog, and a lot has been shared there, making the comments probably as important as the blog itself and in some cases the comments are more important that the blog. As you’re aware, if you comment, chances are almost 100 percent that I will respond to the comment. As I stated above some of the most informative and funny aspects of my blog are the comments. Seeing how this post is all about numbers and my blog, another interesting number is that my blog has been viewed 6,987 times. The top day being 5/13/13, with a total of 90 views that day, it was the day I published “Morbid Thoughts.” The stats section at WordPress says I have 165 followers which is wonderful, but I suspect that at least 100 of those follows are trying to entice me to follow them and subscribe to their blog so they can show me how to make millions blogging. I am not trying to make millions, I talking about myself and I am trying to make a few happy in doing so. But I am grateful to whoever decides to follow me, if they get a single smile from my writing that alone validates why I write.
Sometime in the future after I am gone, my granddaughter will have this document. It will be an autobiographical document about me. It will cover at least 90 percent of my life. It will have some of the “R” rated components of my life captured in words from my point of view, and none of the “X” rated components.
Writing is a process, and sometimes I just have brain farts and the words explode out of my fingertips. Other times much more thought goes into what flows from my fingers. I don’t write long posts because I want or need to. I write long posts because I have too. Some of my fellow bloggers can get their point across in a minimum amount of words, and they do so quite clearly. I feel I have to use a lot of words to get my message across, to convey it the way I feel it needs to be conveyed. So I will continue to be long-winded. Maybe with any luck, by the time I am done, I will have moved my average post word count to over 1,000 per post. Smiling, I think I will make that my next goal. So standby readers, my posts aren’t going to get shorter LOL LOL.
Folks when I started this post I thought it would be something I just banged out as my “And this ain’t no Sh..1)^&@(*(*” continued to formulate in my mind. But it turned out to be more difficult that I thought it would. I doubt if this is one of my stellar efforts, but for some reason I had the need to share this.
Anyway the next thing out of the box will be either the weekly (How I Feel…) or the continuation of my Sea Stories. I look forward to whatever flows from my fingertips. Please take care and have a good weekend. If you have any thoughts or comments you wish to share please do. — Bill