Wow. I can hardly believe that I’ve posted a blog every day for the last 3,000 days. I figured I’d be able to come up with 180 posts, at best, and then I’d move on to something else. Basket weaving. Painting. Origami. Knitting. And yet, here we are.
Some fun facts for you. As of this writing, I have 651 followers. My blog has been viewed 317,536 times, by 181,429 visitors. It has produced one book and one stalker. (Not to worry, though, the stalker has long since moved on to, I assume, freak out other bloggers.) I’ve used far fewer semicolons than I should have, and entirely too many commas. By the end of last year, I had written 1,275,316 words.
But the words that mean the most to me have come from comments. That’s my favorite part of the blog. They provide the endorphins that keep me writing. I enjoy interacting with you, dear reader, and hope to continue doing so in the future.
So I will leave you with some of my favorite comments, which I also hope to include in my next book, should I ever get around to finishing it. I debated posting these comments here, because it might come off as a shameless ego massage, but in the end I decided that it’s truly the best way to show how much this blog means to me. That, and culling through all the comments throughout the years reminded me just how many friends I’ve made along the way. Reading these comments brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for reading and participating, each and every one of you.
From pouringmyartout, (whose comments I dearly miss): “I sort of like this slightly weird side of you. Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better… you freak…”
Bob Hamilton: “As I think about your followers, I visualize their jobs…. those with lonely jobs on perches or boats or night shifts or even truckers; those who may enjoy written words more than conversational dialogue; those who love knowledge for its own sake. That may only scratch the surface of your followers, but I feel like a hobo sharing a daily train ride of the mind. Thank you!”
Leah Hurley: “I needed this! Exactly this!”
Paula Ross: “This might be your best blog entry. You were talking for me and about me. Thank you.”
Norm Houseman: “And the congregation said, ‘AMEN!’”
Jen: “An excellent, thoughtful essay. Thank you.”
Cupitonians: “I missed your posts for 2 weeks. I mean, I was in exotic travel mode and I still wished my phone worked so I could read your posts. Crazy, no? I’m all caught up now! I don’t know how you always manage to inspire. xx”
Paulette: “Way too personal…you have touched me at the heart of my life’s problems. I will ponder this blog all day. This is a good thing. Thank you.”
Kramer: “Thanks for letting me know that I’m NOT the only one in the world who feels this way.”
Deborah Drake: “I appreciate all your brave, vulnerable, vivid, colorful, compassionate, and genuine posts. How you see what you see blows my mind wide open every time.”
Helen: “Congrats and keep ’em coming! Always look forward to reading your point of view which often coincides with mine.”
Elaine Lorefield: “You have entertained me and let me into your life.. thank you.”
AvalancheOfTheSoul: “At last, the thoughts inside my head eloquently expressed in a post.”
Kappaloca: “Whoever you are, you have no idea how I needed this today. THANK YOU”
Mountainstroh (Tony): “You make it worth visiting, lady!”
Lyn Sutton: “Look out evil! Barb is armed with guerrilla warfare weapons. She shines a ginormous light. Your blog touches my soul so often that I have embraced you as a positive force of balance amidst the chaos.”
Amy Sassenberg: “Thanks for sharing your stories, Barb. You are a healing force in the world.”
Vicky: “This may seem random, but I love you, Barb. I just do.”
Julie: “Your openness, honesty and clear sense of self is refreshing!”
Liz: “I can’t believe that you have written every day for years – and that each of your posts is so well done.”
Amelia Isabel: “Loving your posts. They’re giving me the encouragement I need. Xoxo”
Sam: “You inspire others with your words and kindness…and I’m proud to know you.”
Carole Lewis: “Finding your Blog has been a bright spot in my days. Whether provocative, thoughtful, soulful, or hilarious, I find something I can relate to on many levels, and I know I am connected in this great universe. And that’s a good thing. Thank You! Carry on, Dear Friend. Keep speaking for those of us that can’t or won’t. Tell us those stories of places we will never visit. Open our eyes to seeing ourselves in a mirror and liking what we see. When I read your blogs, I like myself much better, believe that more things are possible and that I can also make a difference. I am forever grateful to the Cigarette Girl, and the Waving Man, and all the gifts you have sent my way. Your heart flows through your words. Just don’t ever quit doing this blog. I would never survive the withdrawal.”
Richard Williams: “I love your blog. It’s a daily tonic for me.”
Forrest Brakeman: “Even through you’re venting, you have exposed me to a new world. Thank you.”
Kevin: “Cranberries are evil.”
Lynn Fitz-Hugh: “You are the only person I know who can make a story like this funny. Hat’s off.”
Jay: “You’re a writing inspiration! (seriously) Thanks!”
Raquel DeHoyos: “Oh Barbara, I think I love this one the most of all your stories. Thank you for your courage to live it, write it, and share it.”
And this one really made me laugh:
Angiportus Librarysaver: “Get your mind out of the gutter!” But in fairness, he also said: “Sing it, sister. Any @#$%&* can vituperate, but it takes brains to call someone out using Reason. You’re one of the lights in the garbage. Even when I don’t agree with you, which is once in a while. Long live boundaries.”
The ultimate form of recycling: Buy my book, read it, and then donate it to your local public library or your neighborhood little free library! http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5
5 thoughts on “This Is My 3000th Blog Post”
3000?!!! Wow! Congratulations on the self-discipline it takes to achieve this goal. I hope you keep working on your second book.
Congratulations! I’m glad you liked mine, but a little context would help–I myself don’t recall when I wrote that, or the whole story I was responding to.
I hope to live to see your 30,000th.
Frankly, I can’t remember either. I culled through years of comments and that just jumped out at me and made me smile.
Also, these were two different comments from two different posts.