I was quite surprised to see my stats today. For two consecutive days, I received notifications from WordPress that said, “Your stats are booming! DREAMS AND ESCAPES is getting lots of traffic.” You feel elated when you see something like this and thankful that people read what you write about. There was an upswing on my previous posts as far back as 2011. I don’t know why. Back then, likes and comments were a rarity. I don’t remember if there were “like” features several years ago but I used to get around 300 to 400 visits a day back then. Have things changed? I don’t know because lately, that was cut in half but still a sizable figure for an unknown blogger like me. I would still blog even without those likes and comments but then I have to admit that one becomes inspired when fellow bloggers follow your posts and leave wonderful comments in the process.
You might laugh at this but I still use the old format when adding a post. I am not making excuses but it is easier to write and edit your post in the old format. Don’t make the mistake of re-editing though because it will revert back to the new one. Maybe, I am really getting old, comfortable with what I am used to. It’s like those rituals that makes life easier – you have perfected waking up early, playing with the dogs at 6am, watering the plants and cleaning the garden of leaves and debris brought about by hanging amihan (northeast monsoons that bring cold dry air from icy Siberia), finding new blooms and wanting to capture them with your camera freezing the images forever, a snip of unwanted branches here and there and yes, getting hold of a good book when the chores are done. Life is simple and I find joy and happiness in simple things. Even listening to early morning news or a music program on my transistor radio while I am out in the garden is a bliss. More reasons to smile 🙂
There is an advantage of writing a post every day. You won’t feel that dry spell or what others conveniently calls writer’s block. You have all the ideas and words running riot in your head but you can’t seem to create a sentence that would fill the blank page in front of you. You want to write about this and that but you don’t know where to start. When you do it every day, it seems easier though. I don’t think I could duplicate writing daily. It really is a challenge for me now.
Writing out loud, hearing your voice in cyberspace, making friends, discovering new places, reading interesting blog posts and seeing those meaningful, lovely and beautiful captures shared by other bloggers – these make blogging worthwhile. It’s like writing a book of short stories on different subjects (
sometimes emotions are played to the hilt) and sharing how life is in your corner of the world.
Did I say that this is my 1,762nd post?