Most of you who know me know that I am not a ‘numbers girl’. While I know that statistics are an important way to measure things, I usually don’t notice them much. I kind of noticed when I reached the top of the blog list, only because it is right there for us to see whenever we click on the blog page. I didn’t think much of it at first, but I do think it is kind of cool in a way. It isn’t that I have something astounding and earth shaking to share with you all every day, but I suppose it shows that I am a creature of habit and writing here every day has definitely become one of them. Slow and steady wins the race and all of that.
Yesterday, someone asked me a question regarding something that I had mentioned in one of my previous blogs. As you can see by the entry number here, I have almost 600 posts in this series and it isn’t always easy for me to pinpoint what I said where. I went to the main page for this series to look through the entries. While I was there, I noticed something that kind of surprised and shocked me. In looking at the number of reads for this series, here is what I saw:
I had to look to that number twice to make sure the number was what I thought it was. Over half a million reads!
I remember the first day that I wrote here. I never had any intention whatsoever of making this a daily ritual. I was looking to market my site a bit and grow my business and the thought of writing to people I didn’t know scared the heck out of me, much like when you have to get up in front of people and say a speech. I thought “who would ever be interested in what I had to say or read this anyway?” I didn’t know if I would be accepted or considered a lightweight because all I did was scroll saw and not build boxes or cabinets or have a big shop. Besides that, I am a “jockette” rather than a “jock” and even though I hate to think that it would matter, to some people it does.
I remember finishing my first post and hitting the ‘send’ button and wondering if I would be laughed at or ignored or who knows what. Would people really care what I had to say? Would I ever be able to offer anything to others?
But by the time I got out of the shower and checked, I already had about 10 reads. I was excited! By lunch time there were about 50. I thought to myself “Wow! 50 people took the time to read!”
And then the comments began to come and with that the friendships started to develop. No longer was I writing to a black hole. I was having my morning coffee and writing to my friends. It was as if I was talking to Martyn in England, Dennis in Denmark, and Grizzman in Alabama and Jim in Oregon all at the same time. It got to be like I was having coffee with them in a cool little shop and we talked of projects and business and even families and our lives every morning. (Of course, my kitties were roaming freely or sleeping on my lap!) And day by day the numbers grew to too many wonderful people to mention here.
It was easy to become addicted to such a great atmosphere. Whether you read or comment every day, I know you are all out there and now I also gained friends from posting this on Facebook and my own site. When you think about it, it is so darn cool!
Thank you all so much for joining me here for coffee every day. Whether you stop in once a week, once a month or every day, you have made my life indescribably better. Seeing that number really kind of blew my mind. To think that that many times people took the time to read what I had to say here is amazing. I hope in some small way I have given back even a fraction of all the good that you have brought to me. I want to thank Martin and the others who run the site for allowing such a wonderful forum for us all to communicate through and share not only our love of wood, but our love of life.
I have an eye doctors appointment today, so I have to keep this short. I did finish up my written instructions for the calendar project yesterday so it is officially put to bed. I hit the “send” button for emailing the instructions at 10:15 last night and slept like a log.
I also had some new opportunities come my way yesterday and I can’t wait to return later today and begin working on them. I will talk more about that tomorrow though, as I do have to run so I am not late.
I’ll be here. You can count on it! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"