The month in review: Still a noobie  

five_speed 41M
3250 posts
8/18/2005 6:54 am

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The month in review: Still a noobie

Well, as of today, I’ve been a proud member of blog land for a full month (32 days, actually.)

I wouldn’t have thought to do this on my own, but talldarkavg1 was talking in You Might Be A BLOG Addict If ...... about how a blog junkie might try to devise formulas to predict blog activity, and the concept wedged itself in my skull (like many of his crazy ideas do ‒ Lord help me!)

Well, I don’t really have any desire to derive the golden formula, but I thought it might be neat to track a few statistics, and I also thought I’d share a few thoughts that form in my mind as I look back over the last month.

It has been a terrific first month, and I can’t believe it’s already been 32 days! Man, the time flies when you’re having fun!

I want to thank everyone who has commented in my blogs, commented on my comments in their blogs, and has made me feel like a part of the community. You all have made me smile, laugh, cry, yell, and think. Thank you all. Special thanks goes out to

talldarkavg1 ‒ for inspiring 4 of the 5 humorous posts I made this month and for making me laugh when I needed it.

expatbrit49 ‒ for some veteran advice and for showcasing my blog in his.

txrose4untx ‒ for working with me on the secret bloggers’ writing code

ana_6973 and nbtnt‒ for being stalwart fans and supporters from day 1

JDLA2 ‒ for making me think. I loved the blog conversation we had on tattoos. I have a full blog entry coming up that was inspired by that.

xx_44dd_xx ‒ for dropping by with hugs when I really needed them

bella ‒ for showing me that it is OK to be honest and to be myself here. If I had not learned from your example, this blog would be pretty shallow, and I probably would have dropped it by now.

My secret admirer‒ you drop in and check on me almost daily, but I can never learn anything about you, because your account is always deactivated when I check it. It’s OK, darling. I respect your privacy. Thanks for coming to see me so often.

Special thanks also to everyone who has commented in my blog. Every comment has meant a great deal to me, much more so than I ever anticipated they would, and I hope you all keep them coming! I’m on my own these days, and the interaction keeps me sane (well, nearly sane, anyway.)

When I first started this blog, I thought it was all about the writing, but I begin to see that, for me, at least, it is about the comments, and I’m not talking about the numbers or the ranking. I’m talking about the interaction between me and the people who read my blog. Each one is like a little conversation that takes me out of this house and into the mind of another person.

I do not scan the new blogs much, and I know I am missing many great reads as a result, but I’d rather limit the ones I visit and have time to comment in them instead of spending all my time reading. I think blogging should be about interaction and communication, and I’m trying to lead by example. I post individual replies to all my comments, and if an author comments in reply to something I’ve said in their blog, I try to go back and respond to their response.

I find new blogs by reading the blogs of people who comment in mine. I figure they have taken the time to drop me a note, so I should check out their blogs and return the favor. It has been a good system so far.

That’s all the thoughts I have on the matter, except to say THANK YOU one more time, and I am really looking forward to the next month!

Numbers (as of 0815 EDT, 8/18/05)

Period: 7/18 ‒ 8/18 (32 days)
Total Posts: 37
Total Views: 5992
Total Comments: 154
Highest views: [post 50967] (253 views)
lowest views: deleted poem 4 (24 views)
highest comment:.[post 50967] (12 comments)
lowest comment: deleted poem 4 (0)
Little Johnny Joke of the Week(0)
Can I just skip mornings from now on?(0)

Most posts/day: 4
Least posts/day: 0
Average views: 162
Average comments: 4
View to comment ratio: 39:1
Average posts/day: 1
Fiction posts: 7
Humor posts: 5
info/status posts: 6
personal/emotion posts: 9
thoughtful posts 5

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
8/18/2005 8:23 am

5 speed, I liked you from day one. You, without question, belong among us and are a very welcomed addition to the family. You are witty, insightful, caring, and just. Unusual and sterling qualities for a male of your tender years. Blog on brother!

DISCLAIMER: TDA1 is not to be held accountable for any 5 speed errors due to associating with TDA1. Including, but not limited to: multiple marriages, double digit daily blog posts, self-urination, poor eyesight, and possible cross-dressing.

[blog talldarkavg1]


8/18/2005 1:58 pm

I like both of you guys. Keep up the good work. On the statistics thing, I am wondering about the ratio of male v.s. female blogs and their content. My feeling is that more more men than women blog on this site. Maybe their are more men on the site than women but I am not sure. Women are generally consdered to be more prone to verbalization than men so I think that this is interesting.

I just read and left a comment on your blog, Beating up on Angels. I havn't read all your postings but I will make a point of doing so.

Thanks 5 ro your patronage of my humble blog like you I crave the interaction and appreciate your comments.

Take care.

Ana_6973 43F

8/18/2005 2:34 pm

You're welcome for the support! You deserve it. You need to post more often. Lol. I need my fix of 5-speed everyday dammit!

~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

xx_44DD_xx 51F

8/18/2005 2:46 pm

A secret admirer huh? Dig that!!

You're more than welcome sweetie

five_speed 41M

8/18/2005 4:13 pm

TDA1, I like you too, man, but you're still not getting a drink of my Bud Light!

five_speed 41M

8/18/2005 4:15 pm

JDLA2, I really enjoy the thoughts you post in your blog. I have not had an opportunity to read all of yours yet, but it is pretty high on the list of things to do. It is my pleasure to read and comment on your blogs, because you always take my thinking in a new direction.

five_speed 41M

8/18/2005 4:17 pm

But Ana, I average a post a day! Ddn't you see that in my purty numbers? LOL. I'm teasing.

I meant to say "Yes, mam. I'll try to do better! Just, please, put that scourge down and back away from the computer slowly!"

five_speed 41M

8/18/2005 4:21 pm

44DD, yes, I have a secret viewer, and I really hope I don't scare her away by calling attention to her, because I like seeing that she's been by. I often wonder who she is and what she thinks about, but I'll be OK if I never know. It's just nice to see she's been here.

Thanks agian for the hugs. I'll be keeping an eye on you over the upcoming months, and I hope the need does not arise where I'll have the opportunity to repay your kindness, but if it does, I'll be there!

five_speed 41M

8/18/2005 5:00 pm

Kat, thank you very much for stopping by and for commenting about that girl at the river. She very well may have been embarrassed when I saw her recently, but she certainly wasn't the day she sicced her man on me. I know it isn't nice, but I almost wish I had tossed her back in after her POS boyfriend. Oh well.

Do you have a better picture of that ink on your left shoulder? It looks very interesting from what I can see. It looks like vines and red blooms of some kind?

Thanks again for posting. I hope you'll stop by again soon!

five_speed 41M

8/19/2005 12:54 am

Kat, unconventional is SWEET!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
8/20/2005 1:20 pm

five_speed - You ARE a member of this community. Keep up the good work... Looking forward to seeing many more to come!!

five_speed 41M

8/21/2005 8:36 pm

txrose, I'll keep them coming. I don't think I could stop now if I wanted to. Thanks for dropping and saying hi!

five_speed 41M

8/21/2005 8:38 pm

nbtnt, It certainly is nice to come home to hugs and kisses!



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