Wednesday, August 3, 2011

10,000 VIEWS – Milestone or Millstone?

When I first moved into this cyber-neighborhood last October, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I was a bit skeptical as to how effective this blogging platform could be for what I had to say. I also had serious doubts as to whether one could really form any kind of meaningful relationships through the exchange of "follows," "likes" and "retweets."

Those first few weeks, it seemed I checked my stats almost hourly. I'd get excited if I'd had five or ten page views. And I was blown away when the occasional visitor from another country showed up.

And why have I been getting hundreds of visits 
from folks in the Ukraine, of all places?

Well, this morning I logged my 10,000th page view. I realize that, for a top blogger, that's about the number of views you might expect in a day, but to me it's huge. It shows me that at least something I've been doing has been making an impression. (The way I see it, no matter how telling page views may or may not be, 10,000 is a whole lot better than zero!)

And I've now had visitors from 64 countries. For some reason, this strikes me as even more amazing than the page views. Maybe it's the intrigue—wondering what kind of person each new tick represents, imagining the perils they might encounter for subscribing to the free expression of ideas in countries like China or Iran. And why have I been getting hundreds of visits from folks in the Ukraine, of all places?

Well, I guess it's kind of like flying for me. I know there are good solid reasons why it works. Still, no matter how often I do it, I just sit here like an awestruck kid, thinking it's nothing less than a miracle.

It's not about the numbers; it's about the dialog, 
the relationships you make, how you're affecting 
your readers.

At the same time that I celebrate this little milestone, I must keep in mind what the wisest and most experienced bloggers have told me: it's not about the numbers; it's about the dialog, the relationships you make, how you're affecting your readers.

I've realized for myself the validity of this advice, often succumbing the seductiveness of the numbers, only to have that temporary burst of energy and confidence fall off like the rush of a cheap drug. What truly energizes me—and keeps me energized—is the writing and the responses of readers who find it interesting and inspiring.

So I'll continue to deny my admitted need for affirmation and keep my focus where it belongs. Among my goals for the coming months:
  • to learn more about my visitors—what your interests are, where you're coming from, how long you stay, etc.
  • to offer content that's engaging enough to convert visitors into subscribers through the RSS feed
  • to elicit more of your comments (I've always intended this to be a dialog, not a soliloquy.)
  • to broaden and strengthen my connections with other bloggers
  • to find more and better ways of participating in the growing movement to rescue and restore children's natural affinity with Nature.

Many thanks to all who've visited One Man's Wonder, those who've taken the time to comment, my faithful RSS-feed subscribers, and to those who've shared, liked and tweeted about OMW.

Thanks to my fellow bloggers who, as a rule, have proven to be kind, generous and supportive.

Very special thanks to Meg Pier at A View From the Pier, Robin Easton at Naked In Eden, Karen at Univisions, and Lori Deschene at Tiny Buddha, who've mentioned or shared my posts with their followers, offered suggestions, posed challenging questions, and/or agreed to share my work as guest posts at their sites.

And Rob Whitehead at Zihua Rob's Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa Message Board has generously allowed me to include a link to OMW in my comments there, as well as slipping in an occasional, shameless plug for one of my posts.

My friends, your encouragement and support has been a great blessing, often coming, miraculously, at just those times when I most needed a pat on the back. THANK YOU!


sue in mexico mo said...

Thank you! I read and enjoy your every blog post.

Jeffrey Willius said...

It's so nice to hear that, Sue! I hadn't heard from you for a while, so I was wondering if you were still with me ;-) I'm so glad to have your support!! Please share OMW if the spirit moves you!

Evita said...

Congrats Jeffrey!!!!

This is wonderful, but the best part is what you said that indeed it is not about the numbers, but about the dialogue :)

Adding value to the world is so wonderful and yes, when we do so, people are interested and they are listening :)

All the best for sharing your journey further!

sue in mexico mo said...

I'm sorry I don't comment more often. No excuse. .. But I really do read and enjoy! Keep it up.

Jeffrey Willius said...

Dear Evita -- It means so much to me to have your support. I almost didn't post this milestone (I guess a little embarrassed about even looking at page views). But I figured I don't celebrate enough and this seemed like a good excuse :-) Thank you!!

Jeffrey Willius said...

Thanks, Sue -- I believe you!

Unknown said...

Congrats Jeff and thank you so much for all you share! You know I'm usually not a commenter but wanted to say I always try and read your work and love the wonder and awe you generate!! We are honored to have your posts on our univisions site and will continue to look forward to your posts and to our friendship deepening! Wishing you all the best and sending love always. Warm hugs x0x Karen

Jeffrey Willius said...

Wow, Karen! What an honor to get one of your rare comments! I'm so glad to hear you're still aware of the small part I'm trying to play in the movement so many of us are trying to describe in our own ways. I think you've only put one of my posts on your site, but I'll try to provide more when it seems a good fit.
Thank you so much for your encouragement and friendship!

Jeffrey Willius said...

Karen -- Oops! I just discovered that you've shared some of my other posts on your Oneness Collective page. Sorry I hadn't discovered that before. Thank you so much for doing it! You're the best!

Unknown said...

You're very welcome and much appreciated! You have a direct feed from your blog to our oneness collective site ( so that all your posts automatically are posted there, too. x0x

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