According to Google Analytics, this blog is starting to catch on. Readership has grown from, well, my mom, to hundreds of visitors. Today, for instance, Analytics shows 206 unique visitors logging 278 page views. While this isn’t the kind of number that might turn heads in a Matt Walsh sort of way, it is nevertheless an amazing short-time growth spurt. I am deeply grateful.
More to the point, Analytics suggests that I do not know most of you personally.
Now, I figured this wouldn’t be the case. I assumed 99 percent of my readers would be popping over from my Facebook links. But Google says most site visits are not coming from Facebook at all. In fact, most site referrals aren’t coming from any source I can trace back to people I know.
Today, at least, that’s a good thing.
Today, for the first time, I’ve received a significant amount “feedback” on the blog. I mean, folks other than my mom have commented. And the comments weren’t kind. In fact, the comments were completely inappropriate. I deleted them.
The gist of this rash of constructive criticism: the blog is pious and I am a holier-than-thou whiner trying to pass myself off as some sort of paragon of virtue. I assume the people (or person) leaving these comments were just being jerks. But, in case the comments were somehow made in good faith, I feel obligated to reply.
First, sorry to disappoint. I put pen to proverbial paper every single day, typically in the 500- to 1,500-word range. I try to connect each post with the one before, and I try to convey what I experience in a way that might connect with you. They can’t all be winners.
Second – you’re missing the entire point!
There’s nothing pious about this blog. If I’m holding myself out to be a perfect model of anything, it’s a paragon of a weak individual seemingly incapable of meeting the standard. Day after day, I sit at my computer and admit to the world (well, to the 200 or so who visit) that I do NOT set the standard, despite my best efforts. I think you need to Google “pious” and report back what you find.
Now, is it possible that I’m the one who’s wrong here?
Is it possible that the message being put out there is not the message I think it is?
You’d tell me, right?
Maybe it’s time this blog evolved a bit, and became more of a conversation. I’d love to hear from you. And I am willing to share less-than-positive comments. Just not really nasty stuff that I don’t want my mom to read. So please, tell me what you think. Weigh in. Share you experiences. Advise me! Together, we might just figure out how we can make every step count. (Yeah, that came out a little corny. Sorry.)