Soon after starting the blog Alycia and I began the process of relocation. She had finished up her PhD in San Diego and needed to find a job. After only a couple of months into the process it quickly became apparent that Grand Forks, North Dakota was going to be our destination and the University of North Dakota was going to become Alycia's academic home for a while. At that point the intent of the blog shifted slightly to include stories of a "California kid comes to North Dakota" nature and focused on ways that I quasi-embarrassed or fully embarrassed myself in certain situations due to not knowing the local culture and customs (see Haircuts and Assault Rifles, Potato Sale, and The Welcome Wagon).
Fireworks Accidents, Prisoner Escapes, Raccoons on School Buses, and Using Pig Spleens to Predict the Weather. There were just too many unusual and funny stories to pass along to my friends and family back home in 72 degree Southern California. It's with all these motivations that the blog has
Well validation certainly wasn't going to come in the form of remuneration. My initial dalliance with Google AdSense ended poorly. It turns out that Google's fancy algorithms weren't equipped to deal with my then loyal cadre of 3 to 4 regular readers who were probably the only ones clicking on any ads. So after the AdSense folks told me they thought I was engaging in shenanigans (I wasn't) and told me to go away, I started the Amazon Associates program (you can see the various Amazon ads all over my blog) trying to get people to buy items from Amazon through my blog. And while the Amazon program is never going to make me rich, the dollar or two a month it generates somehow makes me feel like I'm a paid writer, sort of. So how do I get the much sought after validation? Through counting the number of times (these are page views) that someone (hopefully) deliberately reads my blog
All of this self aggrandizing jabber is a result of recently passing 10,000 total page views over the life of the blog. Because I'm an accountant by trade (sorry if this is news to some of you and you feel betrayed), I'm an analytical, numbers oriented person. Numbers speak to me I'm constantly analyzing stuff. I can't turn it off even though I wish I could. So to think that stuff I've written has been viewed 10,000 times is pretty awesome. There are many other bloggers out there for whom 10,000 page views is a good month, even a good week, but I really can't compare myself to those folks, they're in a totally different league.
I'm in disbelief that so many people have read what I've written and I'm thankful for each person who subscribes, reads, or visits Deaf Dogs and Benevolent Gnomes. Thanks everyone!
Postscript - I wrote this a week and a half ago, before I was honored to be mentioned by Karen at Quarry Garden Stained Glass as a blog she enjoyed reading and passed along the link for Tootsie's Read 'Em All Tuesday. This is probably the greatest validation of my writing that I could hope for, another blogger I highly admire admitting publicly that they enjoy my writing. Thanks Karen.