Week Forty-One: The first full week of October found me struggling to find my political voice. With only four posts, hits on this blog amounted to an up-to-that-point-all-time-high of 120 for the week. I was ecstatic to see such a high number, but nowhere near ready for the storm waiting around the next keystroke.
The following week, I wrote eleven posts. I was becoming inspired by the nearing election and felt I needed to step up the rhetoric—to weigh in on the issues. My hits for the next week went through the roof: 1,626!!! (Thank you, AlphaInventions!)
OK, now what? As the question goes, “What do you do for an encore”? You respond with nine new posts, and you continue promoting your posts. You hold your breath and wait for the end of the week to see where you ended up: 1,616!!!
By now, the adrenalin rush of blog hits and stats is almost as addictive as watching your stock portfolio climbing—if you remember that feeling from long ago.
I won’t bore you with the numbers of posts, but I should point out that the next week—the last week before the elections—total hits peaked at 1,655. Amazing!
Almost as amazing as the decline after the elections. For election week—after the firestorm of Obama-this and McCain-that—the Norm returned to my little corner of the blogosphere. As precipitously as the price of a gallon of gas, my blog stats dropped to 652. And so far for this week, reporting from the perspective of an early Friday morning, I’m back in the realm of double digits: 64.
So this is the norm after the storm. It was a nice ride while it lasted, but it seems to be back to blue skies, gentle breezes, and not a lot of controversy to comment on. We can only look forward to the weeks following January 20, 2009. For surely, the Obama presidency will give us a lot to blog about.
Stay tuned, and enjoy our regularly scheduled blogs about nothing in particular—for indeed, “Life’s a Story and All the World’s a Page”.
I recommend checking out the art of Gordon Hiebert—wonderful work!
http://www.prairiepanorama.com/html/large_panoramas.html (Prints are available for purchase)
The photo at the top of this post (field and storm clouds) is his work and all credit go to him and God. To God for creating it, to Gordon for capturing and sharing it.