A crazy cool blog milestone. Thank you.

I’ve been too busy living life and writing to really pay attention to my blog stats. They still fascinate me – like how can I have a visit from literally almost every country in the world, except fucking Greenland. If it wasn’t so damn big on the map:

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Someday, Greenland will happen. A girl can dream.

I’m still constantly amazed and humbled that people find me, read me, and talk to me. It’s pretty awesome. I’ve met friends and lovers and amazing challengers and supporters. This blog has made such a huge difference in my life and helped me through many hard times.

Thank you to all of you who read and comment. 

Two days ago, I noticed my “followers” stats on the main page of my blog. It’s the total of wordpress followers, email followers, and twitter followers. And while there’s definitely some overlap between wordpress and twitter, it still shocked me:

900 followers

What the hell?! 900 Followers? When the fuck did that happen?

Wow. Just wow. I still remember the day I had 10 followers and exclaimed to the colleague who suggested I blog in the first place “oh gosh I’m so excited, there are 10 people following me!”. That feeling has never worn off. Ranting Crow is one of my first followers and he’s still around – thank you 🙂

This blog is a labour of love. I write for me, first and foremost, and therefore continue to be grateful that my ultimately selfish exercise makes its way into your computers and your phones. I learned early on that I can’t write something at someone else’s request – I’m not talented enough to do it. If it doesn’t come naturally from the workings of my mind, it’s incredibly painful and feels forced. I write the only way I know how – as if you were sitting across from me and I was telling you a story.

Thank you, again, for reading my stories and taking the time to talk to me. 

From the bottom of my bloggy heart,

Ann
xo

71 thoughts on “A crazy cool blog milestone. Thank you.

  1. Happy to be along for the ride, Ann. 🙂 I just sent your link to my Dutch friend who is going through similar life events, and she is hooked. She’s all “did you read Ann’s latest?!”. Haha…anyway great that you have this outlet! And looking forward to seeing where you go in life.

    • Thank you so much, Jami!! I’m so pleased you passed me on to one of your friends and love that it may help her. That’s the thing I never expected when I started writing. How much it would help me, and perhaps help others.

  2. I know exactly what you mean in your last 2 paragraphs. I remember being excited when I had 4 followers (it’s awfully hard to follow someone on Blogger, so they had to figure out a way to do it!). And also that I tell my story as if I were talking to my readers directly. But still, the way you write makes it interesting and we want to read on. Thank you for sharing, for making me feel less alone in so many things that happen to me… if you were writing exclusively fantasy, I wouldn’t get that 😉
    And congrats on your 900 followers. I still have a while to wait, but I don’t mind!
    I have a question about the country stats though. Is that a daily map, or an ‘all time’ map?

    • Thank you so much Dawn…you are such a committed reader and commenter and I feel bad I’ve been unable to be as active on others blogs lately (like yours).

      I don’t think I’ve ever written any fantasy – there was a threesome dream I wrote about with Johnny and Jason, and of course you could argue that my desire for Tony to give me what I wanted was fantasy 😉

      That map is all time…so I went and looked at my 7 day map…less of Africa. China and some nearby countries make pretty rare visits.

      • Looking at your map made me want to go look at mine… and I have less readers in West Africa (I suppose I should be satisfied with having their attention in real life 😉 ) and in the “an” countries (Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan)… And no one in Greenland either!
        Don’t feel bad about my blog. My posts aren’t going anywhere 😉

  3. I think global warming is the reason for no readers in Greenland. Just think what would happen if they started reading and the collective temperature of the country went up and caused Greenland to melt and fall into the sea? You are just too hot for Greenland. 🙂

    • Thank you Marie! I try to be brutally honest here as much as I possibly can be. There have been a couple of things that I’ve done that I never wrote about – because I just couldn’t face it. But looking back at my paper journals when I met my (now ex) husband, I realized I hadn’t really written what was truly in my head…so that has informed my writing here. There’s no benefit to me to create artifice.

      Thanks for sticking with me!

  4. Dearest Ann,

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and each post provides a different nuance, a different insight and a different emotion in me. I find your revelations and exquisite awareness, jolting, concussive, actually. That you can write, with such stark frankness, about such things without apparent obfuscation or shade reflects the best we ( the collective we) have to offer.

    I appreciate and Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • Wow R, thank you for taking the time to comment. That is an amazing compliment and I am deeply humbled by your words…I’m so pleased you continue to read. Thank you!! xo

  5. Awesome, Ann! 900? I have been at this for over a year and don’t have 120 followers. I have nearly 105k views and nearly 35k visitors, all of which are minuscule as compared to yours (who cares, right?). My map looks very similar to yours but there is one very glaring difference…I HAVE GREENLAND!!!! Ok…that sounds bad…sorry (it is only one, lone, solitary visitor since January 1st).

    Congrats on the blog traffic, my dear! Just keep writing as you do (you are a good writer). Your blog is well-read because you write who you are. You don’t hold back and you don’t write fiction.

  6. Every now and then I really look at my own stats and, wow, look at all the people reading and following me… including Greenland, by the way. You are a delight and if I lived in Greenland, I’d still follow you…

  7. You are most welcome from a chilly South Africa, lol 🙂
    P.S. Enjoy your visit with Hy this weekend 😉
    Love Kim xxx

  8. Poking around in your blog has made me, yet again, think of creating a more anonymous blog for myself. So much to share but way too much visibility on my current blog/real life to do it. You may motivate me to actually make it happen.

  9. Greenland doesn’t have wifi. That’s why there’s a big blank spot. Same for those primitive countries in Africa that are whited out. So stop worrying. If you’d like, I can take the pic into Photoshop and fill them in for you.

    • I don’t worry about it, really. It’s just one of those things that’s a fun blog achievement, especially given how limited the opportunity is to get a reader from there!

  10. So happy to be on this journey with you now, as a friend. I never imagined in a million years what started as a selfish purpose (to write for myself) would morph into such an important and vital part of my well being….and making real friends. Who knew.
    Your are a wonderful writer and so insightful, we are all lucky to share your thoughts so intimately.
    900 is freaking amazing! Well done, woman!!!

  11. Congrats, dear Ann!
    I found you through The Hook. You sent him a care basket when he was down and out with his broken leg last year. I remember thinking, “What a kind and generous woman.”
    Turns out that my first impression was spot-on.
    Here’s to the next 900 new followers!! xo

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