Some time after I post this my blog will have had 180,000 views.
Now that is not today, but since I started it. And I also have 409 subscribers who get each one sent to them when I publish. (You can too; just add your email address to the upper right hand part of this page).
That is the great thing about the web and social media today. with my facebook pages, twitter and wordpress, what I write reaches over 10,000 readers a day, and if they share, God knows how many are out there. And just today, according to wordpress, my blog has been looked at by people in Botswana, Austria, Philippines, Russia, UK, Sweden, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, France and Germany, in addition to the US and Canada.
I started all this as a lark. Without knowing anything I went to Wordress.com in June 2010 and didn’t read any directions and just started posting. And pretty much the same thing with Facebook and then twitter (516 followers).
As you probably know by now, I am pretty opinionated, and I like these forums where I can express myself and get others to do the same. What was really strange to me was when I started getting complaints that I wasn’t just writing about Roller Derby but about my other experiences in life, just funny or interesting stuff (to me) or whatever.
Of course I stopped promoting Roller Derby many years ago and have been primarily in the ticketing, promoting, consulting and community service. And I am getting complaints from others why don’t I write more about that aspect….of course I will in the future.
I am very proud of my children and my family, but I made a conscious effort from the start to keep the personal aspect out of these posts; I did one, really hurt a person’s feelings who is very close to me, and I promptly deleted it. When Mary and I do the compilation of these posts with additional stories and photos, I will put some of that in.
In case you haven’t noticed I am liberal, although once an Eisenhower Republican. I like to think I am socially conscious and try to include that in my writings as well as try to help those who ask me to. And I like to engage in meaningful discourse with those who agree with me and those who don’t. I won’t allow any personal attacks, although I admit I have gone too far on occasion.
I have been around a long time and can tell you about World War II, the first atomic bomb, the McCarthy era (I heard him speak at our mock convention at Northwestern), and everything subsequent. I know that we as people have a seemingly very short memory and are too often influenced by the last 30-second spot we have seen, so that is when I try to shout the loudest.
I am lucky to be in control of all my faculties and thank God for Judi and her ability to (try to) keep me grounded. A short “you’re not that interesting” from her brings me back to Earth.
I have a great consulting job connected to Derby coming up, as well as Seltzerbrand.com with Judi, Lucy D, Jim Weymouth, and GoMerch, so you can be sure I will get that in. (Did you know that I was a promoter).
I appreciate you all, so please hang around and I’ll see if I can continue to stimulate, educate, and amuse you (and me too).