Wednesday, December 31, 2008

'08 Resolution Fulfilled

One post a day, that was the deal. Last January 1st, I did a stupid thing - I wrote my New Years resolution into a post.

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.


Amy Proctor said...

Happy New Year!

Indigo Rose said...

Happy New Year, Indigo.

Thanks for the time you've spent on your blog. It's been an Adventure for us all.

I have enjoyed your blog and find it's a nice way to keep in touch with my brother and share a thought now and again.

Indigo Red said...

Thank you, Amy. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Yes, it has been an Adventure, Rose. I suppose it's been a good way to learn what's really in my head. Pretty scary.

Happy New Year, Sis.

Private Line said...

Happy New Year ........Go Israel

Anonymous said...

Your New Year's resolution has been my constant companiion for the past year. Thank You. Don

Indigo Red said...

I know you're out there, Don, and you are much appreciated. How 'bout another year? What the heck, huh?

Happy New Yera o you and yours, PL. Indeed, Go Israel!

Mike's America said...

I don't know where you find the time to post if you are tracking the IP's and search terms of every hit. I discount most of those image searches. I get a bunch of them too and they don't seem attached to real readers, just pic lookers.

As for the one a day thing, My average is probably that or better but I do go a day or two sometimes in between posts.

Happy New Year!

Indigo Red said...

I don't trace every hit, Mike. I look at the By Referrals catagory on Statcounter. It quickly tells me the source and seach terms. If I have already clicked on the reference, all the same refs turn color. What ot me curious was the number of hits fot the Palin pics. At one point, it was hundreds per day for several weeks. It was nuts.

Quite frankly, I don't know where you find the time to post so many excellent and in-depth commentaries every week, answer the comments, attend to community business, and care for your garden, too.