After I posted yesterday’s post about Alphainventions, there was a massive spike in my blog stats curve… I had a total of 210 hits, which completely blew me away. That one post about Alphainventions got 175 hits. However, although that number looks seriously impressive (at least in my world view), I doubt that 175 people actually read it.
Nonetheless, it does leave about 35 views of other posts, which is very nice indeed. 🙂
The downside is that this spike has completely skewed my graph! Now there’s this jagged mountain peak sticking up like Mount Everest in the middle of the fairly flat and featureless Karoo that used to be my stats graph.
I’d been happily pootling along somewhere between 5 and 15 views a day, and feeling pretty content… I mean, the nature of writing a blog is that you want others to read it, right? Otherwise you might as well keep a good old-fashioned diary on your own computer. But now I feel like I have to live up to something MORE! BIGGER!
On a more philosophical note, this experience has led me to ask:
What compels soooo many of us to sit down at our keyboards, often at the end of an already long day at work, and tap away until the early hours, putting our thoughts, feelings and experiences out there in a kind of public diary?
Are we so lonely and do we feel so isolated, even though our cities are crammed full of more people than we’d care to know, that we long to reach out?
Do we not have enough close friends with whom we can share our thoughts without fear of rejection or ridicule?
Do we feel that our nearest and dearest do not listen to us properly when we want to share our ‘stuff’ with them?
Or does writing and posting one’s photos and other creations on the net provide a creative outlet for energies that are blocked in our day-to-day lives?
And why do we get such a warm and fuzzy feeling when other people – especially perfect strangers – read one’s ramblings and even – God bless’em – leave a friendly comment?
Is it because we feel acknowledged as a human being with something worthwhile to contribute to the ever-growing mass of words floating around in that seemingly anonymous space between computers?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this… I’m in a ruminative mood tonight.