I'm curious about why reaching this milestone took so long. Kate's, two blogs (Jim's Girl Family History Blog and Kate Has Cancer) for example, took far less time to reach and surpass 10,000. Kate has argued that her blogs are directed at specific audiences or communities (i.e. genealogists and cancer patients) where mine is more general in nature, which is a good point. Some other issues I recognize:
- I have to admit that in reading over my previous posts, the writing is not always great. In part, this is because I am a bit of an impatient self-editor. I just wrote the damn thing, why the hell would I now want to go read it?
- my blog page is not very visually stimulating (another topic I blogged about, but I never really did anything about, in part because I'm not terribly good at technology);
- I have also been a bit of an inconsistent blogger. Struggling with depression and anxiety certainly drains a person of motivation, and coping with Kate's cancer takes a lot of time;
- I'm not great at the self-marketing thing. I post links to my blog on Facebook and that's about it. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what else I can do. I understand that reading other blogs and leaving comments there can generate traffic, but I haven't found a lot of blogs I enjoy and so only follow maybe three religiously and one of those only in the past month or so.)
- And, maybe, if I set my ego aside, I'm just not terribly interesting. Gulp.
In general, when I re-read my blog posts, usually months after I wrote them, I am not very happy with the result. Some, though, were fun to write and had some meaning for me. Here are my five favourites:
- ...Kate's Breast Cancer;
- Stephen Kazuke;
- Alfred Burrows;
- Being Less Affected by the Self-Absorbed Sociopaths All Around Me;
- Young People and the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest.