Kage Baker liked summaries and reports. Especially if they showed data in her favour. Amazon numbers that showed lots of readers, or good reader response – starred reviews in Publishers Weekly – nice columns of sales numbers in the year end statements from publishers. They would make her chortle and dance the “I’m so cool!” dance around the living room. She got a huge thrill from seeing her own name all official on a good year-end report.
Today, of course, is the last day of 2011. It’s also the end of my second calendar year as a blogger – not my second actual year, since I didn’t have the good sense to start this project at anything remotely resembling an even point in the year; but certainly the second time the calendar has rolled round since I started.
And Word Press has given me a nice little present: an analysis of the activity on this site over the last year. It’s rather thrilling … I did pretty well, for an utter amateur. Not to mention someone already pre-occupied with continuing Kage’s writing, as well as surviving the series of unlikely disasters that is my progress through the world.
When I first vaguely thought of blogging, I had no very real idea of how to do it. Neassa was the good friend and guide who literally set this site up, so I could come over and scribble on the virtual walls. She taught me how to use it, and she’s encouraged me every step of the way. Thank you, Neassa!
And all the rest of you, Dear Readers, have contributed so much. This wouldn’t be much of a conversation without all of you – I’d just be standing here, shouting into the abyss and wondering if I was even noticed by all the lovely, gleaming lights out there in the darkness. With all of you listening and shouting back, it’s like having the stars sing back to one on a summer night. Thank you, thank all of you!
Besides – without your kind attention, it would be a pretty static bunch of statistics here. So many entries, so many pictures, so many words: racka racka, la la la. But Word Press has given me this wonderful report! Among other things, it compares the number of visits here to the seating capacity of the Sydney Opera House, with rather amazing results.
But – the Sydney Opera House? Foo, what does that mean to me? What I know is that the Hollywood Bowl – one of Kage’s favourite places, one of mine; a place where we spent hours and hours of our adolescence, planning out our lives in ways that really came true – holds 18,000 people. And that enough people visited this site this year to fill it more than twice over.
That’s a number I can visualize. I can see those people, sitting on the silver-grey wood benches and in the green-walled boxes; eating and drinking and knitting and chasing their kids up and down the sylvan stairs, and dodging confused deer on the way to the bathrooms in the dark. Listening to someone strive to make someone else’s music come alive, to fill the Bowl with beauty and keep their memory breathing.
Now that, I can see.
So I’m sharing this bright little status report with all the rest of you, who made it mean something. Happy New Year’s, Dear Readers. Be careful and joyous tonight.Make careful resolutions.
Me, I intend to survive.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.