Thursday, April 25, 2013
5th Year Blogiversary
Gulp! I just realized I've been blogging for five years. I had planned to do a special post on the momentous occasion, but life got busy and the date slipped by. I will make amends by citing a few statistics that I find interesting.
I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said I don't care if people read my blog or not. Yet I never purposely choose a book just because it will increase traffic. I read what I like and at the same time I endeavor to point people to the best books. (It's been a wonderful treat to have my readers point me toward great books as well.)
Now for the statistics. . . The five most popular posts in the past five years. C.S. Lewis' The Horse and His Boy wins hands down with 4,000 views; my second most viewed post is Tolkien's The Two Towers. But would you believe my third most popular post is on Aesop's Fables? Fourth comes a WWII classic called Code Name Nimrod and finally the YA title The Wednesday Wars.
I am astonished that some of my more obscure posts receive comments (Kathleen Norris & I Saw Two Englands) and I puzzle over the fact that my rave reviews (Wind in the Willows) get little or no commentary. It keeps me in a pleasant state of wonder.
I appreciate that blogging gives me a platform for sharing my love of literature; secondarily it provides me with a delicious sort of accountability - I'm "forced" to keep reading and writing on a consistent basis and I feel stretched and nourished in new ways every week.