On Saturday, I posted my first set of Happiness Project resolutions, and noticed that it was my 100th blog post. You'll notice from the archive that I had two "false starts" at keeping a blog back in 2008 and 2009; I kept insisting on trying to "birth a blog" each time I birthed a child.
Not a good idea.
But here I am, on the other side of 100 blog posts, ready to head into the next 100. It doesn't hurt to stop a moment to thank you for coming along with me on the journey.
Most of the time, I write for a small group of people who share my interests and are kind enough to stop by to check out my latest projects. There is a core group who take the time to leave comments, and whose blogs I also enjoy visiting. I know they are out there, and I know who they are (in a "virtual friendship" sort of way), so I think of them as I am writing and posting.
It was a little disconcerting--though in a good way!--to have classmates from high school tell me at my 20-year reunion that they visit my blog. I had no idea that I was writing for them, as well.
And then an interesting thing happened this weekend.
Gretchen Rubin posted a link on her Happiness Project blog to my blog post from April where I recorded 38 things I have learned in my first 38 years of life.
Now, Gretchen has 40,000 followers on Twitter, and 43,471 people "like" her Facebook page. Having the link on her blog brought 1,983 people to my blog just yesterday alone. That's almost 1/5 of the visits I've had in all the months I've had a blog--1/5 of the visits came on a single day!
I don't have a grand conclusion to draw with all of these statistics; I just find it fascinating to watch the internet and networking work its magic to connect people to one another.
Most of the people who came by from Gretchen's page did not leave a record of their visit and will never visit again. Some left a comment to let me know that they were here. Others have become Followers and will return. I am appreciative of and thankful for anyone who takes the time to visit and read and share their thoughts on what I have to say.
It is what makes 100 blog posts possible, and it is what will keep me here for the next 100.
And perhaps 100 after that.
But let's just take this one step at a time!
P.S.: I also found out that Blog Rehab has quoted a portion of my 38x38 list in a guest post she has written today for Tribal Blogs. Blog Rehab began a blog recently in response to her reading of Gretchen's Happiness Project; she offers help and advice to bloggers, especially about issues of grammar and word choice. Her post at Tribal Blogs today focuses on the power and benefit of making an emotional connection with your readers through humor, friendliness, intimacy, and empathy. Check it out!