Today marks a milestone in my blog life: the hundredth post which I have, by the end of this, written to all of you. Being a person who is fond of round numbers, I am very pleased and a bit proud to present this auspicious post to you all today.
First, I would like to present you with some numbers. I began my blog six months ago, in the heart of the cold, dark Danish winter. It was at the suggestion of my good friend Russ, who heard my desperate plea for something to keep me occupied and for putting my creative juices to good use. First he told me to watch Julie and Julia, about the woman who decides to spend a year trying all the recipes in her old, trusty Julia Childs’ cookbook and write a blog about her experiences. I liked the movie (see one of my old blogs from around then) and after a period of contemplation decided, What the hell, I have nothing to lose, why not? And so Clearskies, Bluewater was born.
Fast forward to now. As of today, the 28th of July, 2012, I have had over 5100 views from human beings in 93 countries and close to 100 people are following this blog via email, and an equal number through Facebook. Of course these numbers are small potatoes compared to others’ blogs, who have thousands of hits each month, thousands of followers, and are followed by people in every corner of the globe. But still, these numbers are astounding! The thought that little me up here in Denmark is reaching human beings in 93 countries across the globe is quite beyond anything I could have imagined when I first began writing my thoughts and hitting the ‘publish’ button. As I peruse the world map on the stats page, I can see that the majority of the world’s countries have found their way (at least one representative thereof) to this blog. And if China were to evolve to the point of letting its citizens be free to read whatever they wanted in the world and gave up this ridiculous censorship they keep insisting upon, I imagine that even a few Chinese people might read my words. Imagine that!
The stats page also told me that the kinds of blog posts which you, dear Readers, enjoy the most, are as follows: Musings, Life Story, Anecdotes & Stories, Uncategorized, Art & Artistic, Creativity, Music, Reviews & Opinions, Healing, and Thoughts. This is also valuable information, and makes me realize how much we humans want and need stories in our common existence. We want to share experiences, to know we are not isolated blips on the screen of virtual reality. We crave commonality, understanding, others’ thoughts and feelings to compare with our own. Whether we agree or not doesn’t matter as much as the fact that we can, through this crazy and amazing phenomena called the World Wide Web, connect with each other across the miles and kilometers, through cyberspace and time, and miraculously touch each other’s hearts and minds, though we have never actually met in the flesh. Incredible, I’d say, and certainly not at all inevitable! I also want to take a minute to simply say Thank You to the very clever folks at WordPress for creating such a wonderful contraption as this, and for letting so many of us use it for absolutely FREE. I love you guys and gals!!
If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I do not shy away from asking all sorts of questions of you, about us, pondering who we human beings are, why we do the things we do and what the meaning of this life is about. I propose no solutions to our vast problems nor claim to have any solid answers. I feel my purpose is to simply help you to think about things you may or may not be aware of, to dig deeper inside of yourself, to look within for your own answers to life’s persistent questions. I firmly believe that we are each born with wisdom, in seed form, and one of the true purposes of being alive is to grow into a wise and compassionate being, to see the good and praise it; to do whatever we can in ways big and small; to help: the planet, the animals and natural world, and other human beings. We are not put on this earth to simply take, to be self-centered and banal, to only observe and not participate. As a wise woman once advised me when I was stuck in the muck of my life and didn’t know how to get above it, “It doesn’t matter what you do, what matters is simply that you Do something. Shake it up, get moving, dance in the living room or climb a tree: but Just Do. Something. For the world. And in so doing, you will do yourself a great favor.”
My friend Russ has an ironic sense of humor. The last time we had coffee together, he told me he wanted to publish and circulate a new catch-phrase, a new twist on a very tired theme. He said, ‘Couldn’t you just see this on a tee shirt? ‘Just Don’t.’” I laughed at his ironic twist on the idea of just doing It, whatever It is. And obviously there are plenty of times in life when the admonishment to ‘just don’t‘ certainly comes in handy (for example, my middle daughter’s current brainstorm to work for nearly nothing at a tattoo parlour as a tattoo artist as a way to practice her art and figure out what to do next. I believe Russ’s saying would come in super handy in this instance. Sorry for the digression.)
So the long and the short of it, Dear Readers, is that I am extraordinarily grateful to each one of you who have read Clearskies, Bluewater over the past six months, for those of you who have given me a like or comment, and for being the sort of thoughtful, interested human beings that want to read stories, as well as write them, ponder the questions, live the answers (if there are any) and most of all, to be willing to think, ponder, muse, and question yourselves and the world at large.
Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Grazie. Dank u. Salamat. Kiitos. Danke. σας ευχαριστώ. شكرا. תודה . Þakka þér ありがとう Takk. با تشکر از شما dziękuję obrigado. Mulţumesc. Спасибо. Хвала. Tack. teşekkür ederim. Спасибі. אַ דאַנק Tak skal du have. (and please forgive me, all of you whose languages I couldn’t find in the Google translator!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ZjrGdlNDo (I can’t help it, it’s one of my favorite songs! 🙂
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