Today’s post is one of the rarer ones I do where I talk about why you’re not seeing the regular geeky post from me. At least I don’t do these too often and instead of skipping a blogging day, I wanted to write something than nothing at all.
Oddly enough, I did have a bunch of posts in drafting stages. Most are half-way done, but my past weekend has been quite busy to finish them up for editing. There’s a lot on my mind, some good and some not so good. The not so good isn’t anything too serious, but it’s enough to keep me occupied as of late. I attended a good friend’s wedding yesterday and it was so beautiful and romantic. It happened on a beach where the in love couple said their “I dos.” The weather was sunny and warm. It was the perfect day for a wedding.
By the time I came home, I was tired and a little sunburned. You can see it’s a bit much to have the energy to write a relatively interesting post for today. I know what you’re thinking, “Excuses, excuses.” I do have a life outside of the blogosphere. I’m not perfect. I’m not Superwoman! But I do appreciate the readers I have who come back each and every day and it shows based on my WordPress stats page.
This brings me to the other half of my titled post. I love checking out the stats page on my blog daily. I like to know the search terms that lead people to my blog, though some are really weird and uh…kinky. Then you have referrals through links from other sites.
I feel really happy when I see someone has read one of my posts and thought it was good enough to share or refer to in a forum discussion. I tend to click on the referral links to see in what context my posts have been used in those discussions. Most recently, two of my articles have been shared on Reddit. Those articles are pretty old, but they seem to speak to people in ways I never thought they would. If you’re curious about what those articles are, one is my analysis on Kaidan Alenko and the other is my comparison of the Tokyopop and Kodansha manga versions of Sailor Moon. Both have been shared on Reddit and forum users have mentioned how both have been helpful in getting the answers or proof they needed.
It’s funny when you lurk on these discussion sites and have the referrer mention your article in a thread. Part of me feels extremely proud to know my article is still getting read after all this time and part of me wants to raise my hand and speak up by saying, “I’m the author of that article you think is awesome.” I decide against it though and continue to lurk on the site to read the rest of their discussion. Seeing these articles brings me back to the time I wrote them. My Kaidan article was written sometime last year and the Sailor Moon one was written back in 2011, back when my newbie blog still remained hidden from most of the world.
Seeing which articles seem to reach people as the years continue to go by and my blog can no longer be considered a baby anymore, it’s a testament to the amount of effort you put into getting your opinion heard. And when the thought and care you show the article you’ve written a few years ago still gets some kind of recognition from others who find you by accident, it’s a huge confidence booster to know your writing doesn’t suck.
By finding out where my older articles show up on the internet and knowing people are still enjoying them months or even years after I have written them is truly inspiring and it makes blogging a worthwhile activity to do on my own time. For all you casual readers who I may never know your thoughts and opinions, but share my articles with other people on the World Wide Web, I simply want to say thank you. This blogger is immensely grateful for the shares and the effect my articles may have had on you to want to share them with the world.
If you really miss the usual from me, be sure to check out my regular post for Geek Force Network tomorrow evening EST where I will have a much geekier post up and ready by then. Thank you for putting up with my not so normal blog post as I recover from my busy weekend and deal with some personal matters this week.