May 02, 2006


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A couple of minutes ago, this blog rolled over into the six digit column in hits. And talk about irony, hit number 100,000 originated from France. I don't point this out as some kind of victory dance. I understand all too well what the driver is behind this number. A huge portion of those hits have come from weirdos in Europe and the Middle East doing Google image searches for Diane Lane, Melissa Theuriau and Elisabeth Shue. And, hey, I'm not above engaging in the occasional google chumming.

The fact is that I don't really have any particular traffic or exposure expectations, although I'm continually surprised at how fast those numbers have risen since February 2005. But what's always been the most important measurement to me is whether or not I enjoy doing this. I don't expect to be the driving force behind exposing some major screw up by the MSM. I don't expect to offer some "must read" post that everyone forwards to their friends and family around the country. And, frankly, I don't really care all that much whether or not I change any minds of those who disagree with me.

This site is, has always been, and will always be just a repository for my random thoughts and musings about things political, cultural and (at times) personal. Some of you may have noticed that the posting frequency has dropped off a bit lately. There are many reasons for this but the overriding one is that lately I've come down with a mild case of "idontgiveacrap-itis".

Now usually at this point, a long-time blogger will say "so I'm going to take a break" or "this blog is on hiatus". It happens all too frequently. Some bloggers even hit the proverbial wall and drop out altogether. That's not where I'm going with this, however. I just wanted to point out that, as with any form of writing, the juice ebbs and flows. Right now I'm kind of ebbing but at any time I could start flowing again.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of those folks who for some strange reason keep coming back to see what new nonsense I've posted. More importantly, I want to offer huge cyber hugs 'n kisses to those other bloggers who've steered traffic my way via links and trackbacks. It reminds me to try and be on my best behavior. :wink:

Posted by: Gary at 09:30 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 When you start distributing those hugs and kisses, I hope you're planning to appoint Melissa as your ambassador.

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at May 02, 2006 12:28 PM (IkTb7)

2 You will always and forever be my blogfather.

Posted by: Wordsmith at May 02, 2006 03:51 PM (nrGCx)

3 Congrats on the stats! I've been through ups and downs, blogging-wise. I even got so convinced that I had nothin' coming that I announced a month-long hiatus. A few weeks later I wrote one of my all-time favorite posts. But, being on hiatus, I postdated it. Heh. I guess y'never know when the well will be dry or when it'll suddenly start flowing with abandon.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at May 02, 2006 05:40 PM (gJbjT)

4 couldn't quit if I tried.

Posted by: Gary at May 02, 2006 07:59 PM (0DaGE)

5 I hit that same mark a couple days ago, and now I get over 100 hits a day, and for what? The Coca-Cola logo! (And a lot from Mexico, go figure.) I'm "ebbing" too, so we're in the same boat.

Posted by: GroovyVic at May 03, 2006 05:41 AM (rLVAX)

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