Tuesday 23 July 2013

Thirty Thousand

By the time most people will read this, I will have passed 30,000 page views of this blog. I know that isn’t a terribly impressive number when compared to Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, but then my wardrobe isn’t nearly as impressive as theirs either.

I started the blog just before our trip to Hawaii in March of 2011 and I don’t think I have missed a day since then. Well, maybe one, but that was more a fault of a late night blogging rather than laziness. There has been a lot of the laziness of course, and if you are a regular reader, you can tell the nights I am going through the motions. Mostly, I have fun writing it and I hope that there is enjoyment from those who read it.

Part of the reason I write this blog is so that my kids and grand kids can read it in years to come and get some indication of who I am through the writing. I told Maegan this once and she said “But dad, a lot of this is just lies.” She is right of course, but that is an indication of what I am like as well. If someone wants to correct something I have written, they are more than welcome to make a comment or write a blog of their own so that their particular lies will have a place to become alive. I never knew either of my grand fathers and I would have loved to get a glimpse of the way they viewed the world. I only knew my dad as a dad, and I would have given anything to know him better. I can’t change that, but I can make it easier for Hurricane and Tornado. Maybe when I am gone, Louise, Arwen, Maegan and Brendan will be able to read some of these blogs and have happy memories of me for just a short while. Maybe…

I also write it for myself of course. I have mentioned the ten thousand hours to excellence before, and this is a way towards those ten thousand hours. I would love to write something that gets published and is out there for long after I am dead and gone. It would be nice to make a bucket full of money as well, but I have the lottery to cover that. This gives me a chance to vent and make observations on the world around me. Not too many of my friends or family actually pay attention to me any more, they listen but they have either heard it before or just don’t give a shit. Can’t blame them really, I do go on and on and on and on and on…

One thing I haven’t really done that I plan to do more of is add good things to the blog. Recipes that I like, songs and movies, how to do things I have learned over the years and just generally passing on those things that interest me on a day to day basis. I was wondering if I should add a link to me reading the blog. I don’t have one of those mellifluous voices that you can listen to for hours, it’s more like some squeaky cartoon voice that makes you long for fingernails on a blackboard.

Who knows what will happen. I might fall into a deep depression and stop writing all together. Maybe I should start a facebook page collecting signatures to STOP THE INSANITY!

Thanks to those few who have been reading faithfully from the beginning and to those that are just “every now and theners”, thanks to you as well. People from 42 countries have stumbled upon this blog and I just hope they aren’t using it to learn English. Thanks to all of you, I’ll probably never get to most of your countries, but by having you read the blog, I feel that a piece of me is already there.

Tell you what, I will keep writing as long as it is fun for me and you just keep reading as long as it is fun for you. 

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed working with you all those years and now I enjoy reading your blog. Many times it brings back memories I have from my childhood,it's funny how many things you did that I also did as a kid. Anyhoo thanks and onto 50,000 reads! B