Today is TYWKIWDBI's eighth blogiversary. The photo shows some celebratory "snowman" cookies designed to reflect the realities of this winter's climate in our part of the country.
I started this blog during Christmas week of 2007 as a way to save time ("if I put stuff in a blog, then I won't need to individually mail interesting things to Ted in Florida and to Skip up at the lake and to my cousins out west..."). It has of course morphed into the polar opposite - a beast capable of consuming vast numbers of precious hours (though to be quite honest the time expenditure comes from the attendant surfing of the web, not the creation of the posts). I mused about that during my fifth blogiversary post:
I still struggle with motivation to keep blogging because of the seemingly unending distractions of real life. But I do get a great deal of satisfaction from the depth and breadth of knowledge, the sophistication, and the almost always unfailing courtesy of readers who comment on the posts. I learn things, I teach things, and every now and then I get help with my car or my computer for free. Such a deal.The numbers startle me when I stop to look at them: 13,400 posts, almost 19,000,000 pageviews. I can never tell ahead of time what will tickle the fancy of the readership, because the most unexpected posts sometimes garner the most attention. I put a lot of effort into dissecting hard science, but the fifth most popular post was this 2012 one about a waterfall braid (73,777 views) -
- which in turn was overshadowed by a text-only post in 2013 explaining how to break your wrist on purpose (91,400 pageviews, 121 comments !).
Not surprisingly, humor posts hold the top two spots: Watch out if your daddy likes physics (113,000 pageviews) and How to tease your dog (135,000 pageviews).
I don't know what the future holds for the blog. I may make some changes to reflect the realities of my increasing age and the fact that the passage of time seems to be speeding up. The recognition of love-hate relationships goes back at least as far as the Roman poet Catullus: “I hate and yet love. You may wonder how I manage it. I don't know, but feel it happen, and am in torment.” I'm not in torment, but I am conflicted about the time I spend with my mouse and keyboard.
Now it's time for Christmas things. Back to the blog next week.
Cookie photo cropped for composition from the one posted at imgur.