You're looking! You're really looking!
Above is my Weebly traffic for the past three months. As you can see, I got a pretty good spike in November. Don't worry, even though I really, really want to, I can't tell who you are. This is the highest degree of statistics I have available on my current platform -number of page views and unique visitors. Are you people I know? Are you people I don't know? Are you SEO scrubbers looking for a sale? Are you robots?
I don't know. But I am fascinated.
I don't do this for the views. I do it because I like it. More aptly, I do it because I have to. My personal journaling has significantly decreased since beginning this endeavor, but like energy, my writing is always constant, it just takes a different form. If I'm always writing anyway, why not share?
But even if I'm not doing it for the views, it's nice to know people are looking.
Why is it nice? What do I want from this? Do I truly believe my perspective is so wildly entertaining or revolutionary I just must share it with the world? Not really. That's the intriguing thing about memoir. We believe we're just tiny people in the world living our lives, then one day something happens and BOOM! Everyone wants to know everything about you. I'm sure Tina Fey didn't think she was terribly interesting when she was working at the YMCA. Then Mean Girls and 30 Rock and BOOM! Bossypants is a bestseller. Last year I read "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren, a research scientist's story of her life in labs. Obsessed, I started following her blog. I wanted to learn absolutely everything about this fascinating human.
People are interested; they want to know. I want to know. What these people did to get where they did. I want to know what they're like. I don't know a reason to tell you why other than that I am human and love stories. We want real, we crave real. The stories I have that are the most successful are stories that are real. Not when I'm talking about anything in particular -they're ones where I talk about myself.
Blogging for 30 days has been a good endeavor. Especially during the time of year when I'm busiest, it's forced me to sit down and make time for writing. It wasn't always great writing, but I did (almost) always take the time. I plan to incorporate the planning portion now. Now that I'm taking on actual assignments, I'll have to. But it will be easier to sit down and just do it.
Practice my discipline, grow my art, and learn about my fellow F-Bombs along the way? It's been a pretty great month. Here's a snapshot of the past year. Let's do the same thing next year and see where we are then.