There were two reasons behind me starting a blog. The first was that I always send ridiculously long emails about my travels and have no idea who actually reads them, so now people can just check the blog if they’re interested. The second was that I was looking for a similar blog when I first decided to do my TEFL course – one from the point of view of a brand new teacher getting his/her first job and starting a life in a new country (when I put it like that, I’m not sure that I’m doing the concept justice . . .) – and I couldn’t find anything. There were plenty of TEFL blogs, but I couldn’t what I wanted, so I figured that my blog might be able to help people who were in my position.
What I didn’t realise, was that blogging has a darker side. It’s something that I never had to deal with when emailing.
On the admin site for my blog, there is a graph that shows how many people are visiting my site every day (so far my highest is 10 hits in a day – how popular am I? :p ) and which posts have had the most views. This would be fine if I were a normal person.
However, I’m afraid that’s not the case. I can get slightly obsessive. The first thing I check when I turn on my computer in the morning is my WordPress stats. When I get home from work, the first thing I check is my WordPress stats. Whenever I’m using my computer, I have one tab reserved for my admin page, and I refresh it at regular intervals to see if someone else has looked at my page.
I might need help.
The only things more aggravating than the 10 hit ceiling I can’t seem to break (what more do they want from me?!), are the low points on the graph. I like that the graph has had an incline over the past month or so, so if I have a day that has less than five hits, I worry about how this will affect my average.
When I sent emails, I would send one every month or so about interesting places I’d seen, and occasionally about the strange things that had happened in my life. When nothing was happening, the emails would stop until life got interesting again. Now that I’m blogging, I’ve easily been doing one or two posts a week, because I’ve had so much to do in Paris.
Until today. It’s been a slow week. And although I’ve been an active participant in my life, I haven’t done enough of any one thing to write a post about a single topic.
If I was emailing, I would wait until something happened and write about that. But now I have WordPress stats, and I’ve only had three views today! So I had to write something, even if it is the last 497 words of inane babble.
For those of you who wonder why I don’t do Facebook – this is why.