April 1st marked my two-year blogaversary, and as I start writing this post, this site has had 29,955 visits. Through WordPress.com’s stats, I’m seeing a lot of visits come from searches about gall bladder problems and stomach viruses. Perhaps I should change the name of the blog to “Sappy Chick’s Digestive System.”
I haven’t been to the blog exchanges in a while. Every couple of months or so, I might surf around to get a few credits, but mainly, I just don’t have the time. Blogs on the level of dooce and other “celebrities via blogging” are going to be harder and harder to come by as so many people start their own sites.
I’m definitely not aspiring to that level of popularity. I mean, it’d be awesome to pay my bills by writing about my life. I’d love to log on here one day and see 859 comments on a post — and have each one be from a different person, mind you, not some conversation between a handful of people.
Technorati says that around 20 blogs that link to this site, which means that, hopefully, those 20 people are stopping by on a regular basis. I feel pretty good about that. According to one blogger (with whom I no longer associate), that if we bloggers aren’t growing our audience by posting entries filled with passion and magnitude, we should be banned from having our own site altogether.
This blogger — let’s just call him Douchebag Wacko Bowels, perhaps Wacko for short — believes that in order to start a blog, you should have some sort of license, and to obtain said license, you would have to provide “a need that you are meeting” as well as “a publication plan for 7 day a week [sic] coverage.”
I can only assume that megalomaniac Wacko would love to be the head of the “Blog Police” that could “arrest” those who fail to be interesting. In actuality, Wacko would be most likely to delete the blogs he disagrees with, seeing as how he deletes or blocks comments on his own site that contradict the belief system. However, if you disagree politely enough, you’ll get a “Thanks for the comment [insert name here].”
Never mind the fact that he contradicts himself all the time. Here are some quotes supplied by a newfound blogging buddy and former Wacko reader:
- “I love radio. It is Theatre of the Mind. I was raised on radio. Every time I hear those simpering, ill-spoken interruptions I change the channel. The most pernicious decline in the American news media newsroom, however, is that of MSNBC.”
- “I am a big MSNBC fan.”
- “Let me go on the record to say I love Don Imus on MSNBC in the morning.”
- “I completely despise Tucker Carlson for his interruptive, smarmy, pseudo-intellectual style.”
- “MSNBC is becoming unwatchable during the day. Tucker Carlson, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann are the only good shows.”
Let me also give you a version of what transpired between me and Wacko. For the better part of a year, I was a daily reader and commenter on his site; however, twice he wanted to ban me from his site because I tried to joke around and he took it so personally. I chalked it up to the impersonal nature of the Internet, apologized both times, and was graciously welcomed back into the fold.
Eventually, I began contributing a couple of articles. At his suggestion, I asked for an “assignment” for the site. He wanted me to go to the local homeless shelter and interview three families/individuals about their situation — how they got there, what their days are like, what their hopes and dreams are.
I declined the assignment and told him that I felt I would be invading their privacy. I politely told him that I believed I would be exploiting their situation. He responded that I was “shallow and cruel” and that he no longer wanted me to write for his blog.
That was more than a year ago, and in the past few months, I have continued to read his blog to witness the gradual inflation of his ego by his own stroking and the consequential dwindling of his regular readers.
But enough negativity! I’m ending this on a positive note! I want to thank those of you who have stopped by over the past two years, and especially those who keep coming back. That means that I must be entertaining someone… and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
P.S. Thursday is the April edition of 12 of 12 2.0. Charge your digital camers/cell phone cameras accordingly.