Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Year of Blogging

Welcome to my blog, one man's ongoing, angst-ridden quest to find solace in a tormenting world. Just kidding! Don't quote me on that.

Today marks the first anniversary of my first and only attempt at blogging. Over this past year there have been some 375 posts, which is just slightly more than one for each day, although to be truthful I did not actually remember to publish a post each and every day. At any rate, today this site is bigger and bloggier than ever and, yes, you can quote me on that.

Attempted Bloggery moves from topic to topic all the time, and perhaps that is one reason why few readers find it consistent enough to be worth following publicly. Indeed, this blog has won very few followers, only 17 to date from the entire bustling planet, but, on the other hand, there have been almost 80,000 page views in this inaugural year. To keep that number in perspective, animator Andreas Deja's outstanding blog Deja View has gotten one million page views in its first year and earned 3252 followers. You see, the competition is fierce. In short, search engines lead folks here every day, but despite the more than 350 daily page views, few have chosen to follow my blog publicly. That's OK, and, hey, lurkers are always welcome here.

There aren't too many blogs quite like this one, as far as I can gather. What I choose to share is, I suspect, a large part of the blog's appeal, certainly more so than whatever I have to say about any of it. In short, I write about what I like, and fortunately or unfortunately, that can be quite divers. I believe that not a few of the subjects I write about deserve a blog of their own, and indeed some topics do have one or even several blogs devoted to them elsewhere. The thing is, for the most part what I'm writing about is fairly obscure. I'm sure there may be a few dozen people out there who feel passionate about any particular subject, but for the most part I don't see myself muscling in on areas already well-covered by existing blogs.

For those who arrived here only recently, I'm afraid there is a lot to review over the past year, maybe too much. If you choose, of course, you are welcome to delve into the archives, but to get you up to speed quickly, all you really have to do is take a look at this brilliant New Yorker cartoon by Tom Cheney entitled Life. It pretty much sums up my view of the proceedings here to date. If memory serves, the original artwork was sold a few years ago through the Cartoon Bank for $1,800. Worth every penny, I'd say.

Tom Cheney, Life,
The New Yorker, August 11, 2003, Page 46
Tom Cheney, Life,
The New Yorker, August 11, 2003, Page 46

There you go! Now you're all set for the coming year!

Note:  Just in case you missed my very first blog post a year ago, you can still catch it here.



  1. Just want to wish you a happy blogiversary. I check out your blog every day, well, almost every day. You've got a class act here.

  2. Once again, thank you, Leo! You are too kind!