Well, a year ago today I was visiting Gavin's blog and noticed a little thing at the bottom of his blog which counted the number of visitors. As a blogging newbie then, I thought "what a good idea" and so I signed up for the free, basic service at Sitemeter. And today it has been a year since I started counting, so I thought I'd do a little blog to say not only thank you to Sitemeter for a handy little service, but also 18,000 thankyous to everyone who has visited my blog so far. Thank you one and all.
This is the bit I really like – seeing the whole world saying hello, especially when I get all continents (bar Antarctica, of course) taking part at the one go. Who is that in the centre of the Amazon? Hello Cape Town! Greetings, India. Howdy, the US and Canada. And cheers, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Iceland, the Caribbean, Hawaii and all my mates in Australia and across the ditch in NZ.
Until I signed up with Sitemeter I had no idea how many people visited my blog. I presumed it was about half a dozen, maybe even a dozen, as I noticed a variety of names cropping up regularly leaving comments. Now I know that about one in 100 visitors leaves a comment, which is fine by me. Sitemeter surprised me with the numbers visiting here, which is more than I imagined but still very modest by any standard, but it helps to keep me going!
The odd family member and friend asks me why do I bother blogging, and that's such an easy question to answer. I'm expressing myself. At last.
I grew up with dreams of being a writer, but soon realised that I didn't have anything huge, like a novel, lurking within me. I was full of little bits and pieces of ideas, but no grand, unifying themes. So I have turned my modest writing skills into a comfy income as a journalist. And I've always loved to take photos, but always as a happy amateur without ambitions of anything beyond the odd pic appearing in magazines. And I love gardening. Oh how I love gardening.
And so blogging is the perfect storm of all these hopes and interests swirled into the one cloud of words and photos. Finally, after 56 years on this planet, I am expressing myself in a way that seems right for me. Thanks for dropping by!