2011 in review–Thank You for Your Support

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When I started this blog I didn’t know where it would take me but I knew the writer in me had to get out. It has been fun making new friends and keeping in touch with long trusted friends through this forum. I thank you for indulging me in my passions and putting up with my occasional rants.

I recently wrote my 120th post. My mother asks me where I get all my ideas and my answer to her is, “When have you known me to not have an opinion on things?” When I sit down to write, my goal is to educate and entertain. I hope, along the way, I have caused you to think or see the world a little differently. I know I have angered some of you at times and I apologize for that but my hope is that through an exchange of ideas we will find the answers together.

It has been great fun blogging with WordPress and I highly recommend their format to any future bloggers. They have an easy to navigate template and the finished product is professional looking and one to be proud of. I encourage my readers to start your own blog and we can create our own network of linked blogs and expand our readership.

You never know who is reading your blog as I found out when the head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan, left me a message on my bulletin board. Thank you Coach Ryan. As a year-end wrap up the people of WordPress prepared a summary of each of our blogs and I have chosen to share the results with my readers. I was shocked to see that my readers have come from all around the world. Click on the link below to see the number of countries represented and other statistics.

If everyone on the New York City subway were reading my blog it would take four trips to carry everyone. When I think of it in those terms it makes me excited, proud, and a little nervous.

For better or worse, this blogger is here to stay and I have a lot more to say in 2012. Stay tuned!


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


279.365 happy april fools day,

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Re:    The joke is on me

April 2, 2011

Dear WordPress staff:

You got me—and you got me good!

I am still fairly new to blogging having been at this for less than a year. Daily I check my stats to see how I am doing. March 31st marked my highest readership to date and I was ecstatic. I decided to celebrate April Fool’s Day with a satire of a hotly debated political issue in our great state of Ohio. I was rather proud of the finished product (Breaking News: Governor, Legislators Agree to Teach in Public Schools) and cockily announced, “Genuis!” when I pressed the publish button.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my stats site shortly after posting to see the bar on the graph soar far above the previous day. I checked back frequently to see the bar continue to rise. Wow! I was excited to see that others must also think my post was a flash of brilliance. However, I was confused because the actual number read 10—12—16—and then 18. But dumb me still didn’t get the joke. I thought I must have passed a magical point where the prefix was no longer recorded—such as of 110 or 1,010.

I finally read the small print above the figures that said April Fools—but I still didn’t get it. Instead, I wondered how the administrators of the site knew my post was intended as an April Fool’s Day joke when I presented it as a straight news story. Did you have a special program that interpreted the categories of all your posts?

Then—finally—I got it! You pulled a good one on this older and wiser author (or so I thought). I was so busy designing my elaborate prank that I didn’t see yours.

Job well done!

Sdobbie46 (Sheila Dobbie)

Note to my readers—bloggers have a special back door portal we can enter to post blogs, edit, check readership stats, etc. The site lists what titles were posted on what days, which posts are being read and which are most popular. We do not know who is reading our blog but we do know how many came from Facebook, e-mail, search engines and so on. Thanks for your continued support.