This post is the landmark at the end of three full years of blogging. I find this to be amazing. And I find the blog’s progress to be astounding. /me blushes
The Astounding Things 😉
The first astounding thing is, somehow I have stuck with this for three years and published over 688 posts (actually many more considering I purged real life related posts a year ago); what’s that, 229 posts a year? I admit that my original goal was to publish a post every day, but I discovered that I was spewing forth and unbearable amount of random tripe (in the informal sense of the word). So I began a process of defining what my blog could be and have tried to improve it each year.
The second astounding thing is, I’ve learned a great deal about myself in the writing of the blog, including exploring some painful periods which I can now relive. I am pretty much embarrassed about some of the foolish situations I’ve revealed here in public so to speak. But a few readers have found my follies and misadventures to be helpful to them as they’ve tried to find their own way through this unique world of ours.
A third astounding thing is, somehow this blog is read by an increasing audience. In the past year, it’s been averaging up from 20-hits (30-pageviews) to 30-hits (45-pageviews) a day, and as best as I can determine, this blog is among the top 10% of all websites on Earth, all 156,000,000 of them (not bad for avatar). As of today Alexa has Being Yordie Sands rated at #7,703,679. I know, not really saying much, but Just Sayin’
Thank you to those who read this blog. In a very real way you are sharing a journey with me. I still don’t know where I’m headed in that journey or with this blog in particular, but with the addition of my first roleplay story, I’m learning that you approve of the direction that is headed.
One thing you might not have noticed, I use this blog to promote Second Life (yes, I can be critical and all that), but when I find something truly wonderful I am very thankful that I have this forum for letting friends know about my discovery. Also, I try to help friends promote their businesses and products and charities, something I never accept payment for. As you know, I’ve written extensively about Junkyard Blues, Hosoi Ichiba, Calas Galadhon and many more great sims and sim groups. I write about my special interests, Geisha Shows and Exploring. Sometimes I think of myself as a Second Life socialite, and I write about Weddings and Parties. And I focus on supporting charities and especially the Blues for Autism fundraiser, plus I help write the Official Blues for Autism blog. I don’t think of this blog as a news source, but as a source of some color about people, places and events.
And one last thing, I’m happy that I’ve encouraged friends to create their own blogs. Our second lives happen in some type of time warp or time dilation, and it is helpful to anyone to blog about their lives if for no other reason than to record what has happened for reflection in the future.
In the coming year, I’m committed to the work on my roleplay story. I’m also committed to improving the quality of my posts; believe me I am so aware that my blogging can be very sloppy writing. So, for those out there who shudder each time I spew out another comma splice or italicize something that shouldn’t be italicized, just walk away. For the rest of you, me sowwy. /me giggles