On Friday, 26 August 2011, my blog hit 150,000 views!
In the last few weeks, days and hours, I have been watching my stats climb gradually towards this milestone. The excitement levels in my household were increasing in leaps and bounds, as I kept Tuffy-Cat – and Hubby – informed of significant incremental increases.
The Tension Is Mounting
“Tuffy, look – I’m on 149,000 hits!”
“Mrreoow,” she purred, affectionately rubbing her cheek against my hand, before settling down in front of the heater again.
Clearly, some people just don’t let all that excitement get to them.
“Hey, Honey, my stats counter is now at 149,500! Isn’t that great?”
“Ooh, nice, how about a cup of tea?”
(In our house, we like to celebrate all important achievements with a cup of tea.
Tea is good.
I refreshed my stats page.
“Tuffy, Tuffy, come here! Look, our blog has had 149,900 views so far!”
“Rrrrrrmrmmmmmrrrrrmmmmm…” went her little sewing-machine purr, as she pumped away on my lap, content with the World.
“Go on, click refresh again,” Tuffy urged me.
“Glad to oblige, my dear.”
When Friday dawned, I immediately logged onto WordPress to check.
This was sooo close!
I really wanted to capture the moment when that stats counter clicked onto 150,000 views, but sometimes the Universe just seems to conspire to keep you away from your computer at The Crucial Moment.
The First Event
First there was a crisis, which necessitated me leaving the house and rescuing someone whose vital telephone and internet connection had been cut a couple of days earlier by those nasty, evil, selfish thieves who like to steal copper cables in our country, thus incapacitating entire public transport systems of our city and cutting all forms of communication (other than cellphones) in entire suburbs.
Thank goodness, we could connect a cellphone to her computer so that she could at least download and send a huge backlog of important emails.
The Second Event
Then, when I returned home, our ADSL line was down.
Oddly, my voice line was still working.
So it couldn’t be copper cable theft here too. Besides, surely too much of a coincidence?
Puzzled, I phoned my internet service provider, who informed me that I wasn’t the only one with the problem in my area (there were thirty others also without an internet/email connection). According to their technical assessment, we no longer had an ADSL line.
I found this rather disconcerting, as I had just upgraded to a faster (and more expensive) ADSL line two weeks earlier.
I phoned Telkom, who confirmed that I indeed no longer had an ADSL line.
They couldn’t understand it either, but reassured me that they would send a technician to check whether something had broken at the local exchange in my neighbourhood.
Not to be deterred from My Mission, I connected my cellphone to my desktop computer, and immediately logged into WordPress.
This was so close! And there was still a chance that I could get a screen-shot of THE MOMENT!
Would I make it?
I wasn’t going to shift my bum off this chair until that stats counter hit 150,000!
The Third Event
But then, we had to head out to the Northern Suburbs to pick up a length of downpipe and some bits-and-bobs for our newly installed gutters, before the supplier closed at 17h00. Never mind, long story.
While we were waiting at the supplier, I used my cellphone to connect to my WordPress home page. Desperation was setting in!
I almost couldn’t bear it any longer.
Could I still make it back on time?
The Moment … Missed
When we finally returned home, the Telkom technician had performed a miracle, and reconnected my ADSL line.
I promptly refreshed my stats page, and this is what I saw: 150,015 Hits.
I wasn’t ready to give up the fight, though.
As I really like symmetrical numbers, I thought to myself, “Okay, then, let’s try for 150,051 hits instead. That’ll be a nice symmetrical number.”
So that’s what I was holding out for today.
Incredibly, I missed that moment too.
And I missed another significant number – 150,150. That also kind of had a nice ring to it.
So there you go.
Sometimes, Life Just Has Other Plans.
But I’m still going to celebrate this Milestone with some Fireworks!
Oh, and a Cup of Tea, of course.
Would you like to join me and Hubby and Tuffy-Cat in the garden for some Tea and Cupcakes, perhaps?