I write the posts on this blog each day as a way to keep my writing skills in good form, to reflect on what is going on in my life, to force myself to evaluate ideas, and to figure out where I stand on certain issues. Knowing I need to write something each day keeps me reading and learning and exploring.
About once a week I check my blog statistics and was surprised yesterday to find that my blog had been viewed for the millionth time. I knew I was getting close to a million views but a post I wrote on Monday about the house I used to live in on Home Street in Winnipeg was read over a 1000 times in a twenty-four hour period and that pushed me over the million mark.
One of the most rewarding things about blogging is the way it connects me to all kinds of interesting people. On an average day, posts from my blog will be read around 350 times but I can be surprised by the sudden popularity of a certain post. Once a post I wrote about guns in Israel was read nearly two thousand times in one day.
Some of my posts have had ongoing appeal and continue to be read even years after I publish them. My most popular post remains What Does Your Mother Do? It has been read almost 30,000 times since I first published it. Another popular post has been A Prayer For A Golf Tournament which has been read more than 10,000 times.
This blog has been a great way to keep a record of our travel experiences. Writing my posts during the COVID lockdown kept me sane and I know writing this blog has motivated me to do things I might not have tried otherwise. I keep track of the books I read and the movies I see by writing about them on this blog.
I often prepared for the tours I gave at the Winnipeg Art Gallery by writing a blog post about the art I was going to introduce to gallery visitors. My blog has been a way for me to share my newspaper columns and excerpts from many of my other freelance writing assignments.
It has taken a little over eight years to get to the one million view milestone. Will I still be writing eight years from now? We’ll have to wait and see.
When I was naming this blog What Next? I had just retired from teaching and I wondered what the future held for me. During the last eight years, I have built a rich post-retirement life. The pandemic has taken away quite a number of the things that made that life meaningful so now I need to craft another one. I guess that means the blog name What Next? is just as relevant as ever.
A huge thank you to all my blog readers and especially to the nearly 500 of you who follow my blog. Your interest and support and affirmation is so appreciated.