I will write, at least, one post a day - good, bad, or indifferent. I hope that by the end of 2008, I will not only have a minimum of 366 more posts (I had to pick a Leap Year, sheesh!), but also be a better, smarter writer and maybe even a better person. The 'better, smarter' part is a stretch, but 366 is closer to doable.I'm happy to say I succeeded in my resolution. I wrote at least one post each day in 2008. Sometimes, I wrote two, or three, and even four in one day. Hey, I had to use-up that Leap Second somehow.
Am I a "better, smarter writer and maybe even a better person"? I've no idea. Probably not. I do know it's easier to start a post while looking at that blank screen even if I do have to start three, four, seventeen times before I can get to the end. I've wondered if I will continue and I've thought, "Nah, it's too hard!" But then I think, "Probably. It's become a disgusting habit that will be too hard to break without a 12 step program." Is there a 12 step program for bloggers? Maybe I should start one next year.
Of all those posts, was there one that was viewed more than any other? Yes, there was and it continues to draw attention for reasons beyond me. Is Sarah Palin a Bad Mother? You Be the Judge has been viewed overwhelmingly more than any other. Just today, 'Bad Mother' has been viewed 56 times, the next highest today was the daily post at 18 views.
For that post, I published a series of photos of the Palin family taken by Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, on the day Gov Sarah Palin was announced to be the Republican VP running mate. All of the referrals have been through Google Images. The posting has been picked up by many other forums, including one devoted to hunting and fishing, and apparently by some universities.
The majority of viewers have been from various Universities and colleges around America, and several Federal agencies and Cabinet Depts. I was even frightened by a frequent visit from Google employees. I was afraid my blog might be blacklisted because it was during that time period when liberals hijacked the Google rating system. But as it turned out, a few Google folk actually like Indigo Red and continue to read. Thanks.
I want to send a special "Thank you" to the members of the Army and Navy who have become fairly regular readers. I am humbled by your patronage.
Most certainly I don't want to slight the Marine Corps. The post, Battle of Adobe Walls, Afghanistan, told the story of Marine Sgt. William O. Bee and his close encounter with Taliban fighters. That series of photographs continues to amaze. Bee and the 24th MEU, were relieved by The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, British Army on Sept 8, 2008. Sgt Bee said on that occasion, "The people here have seen a lot of countries come and go – everyone from the Gurkas, the Russians and the British. Hopefully they will remember us for our professionalism and as the ones who affected permanent change."
I hope to continue my feeble hobby through the next year and make many more people happy or angry. If the best we can do is "indifferent", well, that's OK too.
Thank you all for reading. Happy New Year, be safe, and tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.