WordPress does a good job of keeping us blogger types filled with stats because they have figured out that we are suckers for them like a 1st grader is a sucker for the gold stars the teachers hand out. The WordPress stats are the doggie biscuits for us bloggers.
So today when I posted Soldiers & sky of Al Masaak WordPress let me know it was my 199th post and I just had one more to go to reach 200 posts! My immediate Pavlovian response was to think ‘ wow, what should I write about – I need to do my 200th post today’
What is it about even numbers that attracts us so much? Why is the 200th any more important than the 197th or the 202nd?
Anyway, I thought about it for about 30 seconds and decided I would not do another post today for the following reasons:
I didn’t want to let WordPress think they can control me like a trained seal
I have had a killer headache most of the day & I didn’t want to think.
I recently read a blog – I think it may have been a Freshly Pressed one that said writing and posting on the weekends is really dumb cause no one reads blogs on the weekend.
So, I put it out of my mind and went for a little walk to take my mind off my headache. I came back to my room and did a few simple tasks and was about to read myself to sleep when I thought about all the things I want to post to the blog, but I just haven’t taken the time to sit down & type them out. Then I thought this whole ‘200 posts’ was another potential post on the pile of posts and I really need to stop procrastinating & just write. After all, it isn’t like I spend a lot my time doing it, I mean look at my writing – have you noticed the errors?
Which, by the way, may be a good time to tell you that if I do go back & read what I wrote once I have published; it will almost always lead me to make revisions & corrections. So, if you read something I write a few days after I post it, it may be slightly different than the original post.
So, I decided I would do number 200 today, 18 AUG 12 and this is it. I put up my very first post, Starting Out on 6 MAR 12. In the 166 days since I have now published 200 posts! That is more than one/day…that’s crazy. I would have never guessed
Oh, another reason I decided to do it is to prove the guy with the blog advice wrong. I think there are still plenty of people that read blogs on the weekend – I have almost 550 views today (Saturday) & it is only 2100. So please, click away and read a bunch of blogs this weekend, I think they are more interesting than most TV shows!
Also, I have attached a few pictures just because I wanted to…
Thanks for reading,
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