Autumn seems to be the time of year I become more reflective.
The reflectiveness builds as we move into winter with longer and colder nights. Despite my urban ways, I’m grateful to still be tuned to the rhythms of nature. As a side note, I just lost my full-time job. The company has offered part-time work, but I’m not sure it will be enough work or income. I’ve enjoyed having a fulltime income to help rebuild my savings. Conversely, I’ve missed having more time to relax, read, write, and reflect. So this is a good opportunity to decide what mix of work and play I really want.
Meanwhile, today I had fun diving into my site stats for the first time in a while. It’s amazing to me how much has transpired on this blogging journey. I’m surprised to realize that I’ve been blogging for over 8 years! I’m grateful for the growth in subscribers, views, posts, etc. Those aren’t the ultimate measure of my success and yet, I find satisfaction in seeing the growth in my blog.
In case you’re wondering, I started my blog in October 2011 with an average of 6 views per day. As of November 2019, my site averages 60 views a day. It’s been higher in years when I posted 2-3 times a week. Even posting just once a week, I’m delighted to see my blog is still growing. I have about 5160 subscribers, 1034 posts, and 125,555 views overall. These aren’t rockstar stats, but they’re fine by me. For a guy who never aspired to write or blog, I’m amazed at the growth of this blog.
And more importantly, I’ve made some wonderful connections here on WordPress. I’ve had people who burst onto my blog and life and then just as quickly disappear. And I’ve had other people stay for the long haul. It’s intriguing to see these comings and goings. Eight years is longer than any romantic relationship or job I’ve had. So for a guy who has been hesitant to commit, this blog is a sign of personal growth, commitment, and reward.
Thank you again for being part of my blog, growth, and life. I sincerely appreciate each of you and am grateful that you find value in my blog.
May we continue to grow in our capacity to connect and to love.