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Happy Birthday Blog

Animated calendar graphicNo, it’s not the birthday of this blog, though it could be. Every day is a birthday when there is another story idea to post and the enthusiasm keeps going.

Instead I’m celebrating with my friend, Kamigoroshi’s blog, “Footsteps in the Mirror”.

Mucking around the net browsing through blogs, it turns out that Sashi’s blog has now officially turned 2 today. To that I wish his blog a nice happy birthday because being the Sashi that I know and read, I wouldn’t want a blogger like him to pass on leaving us to the rest of that muck out there. I’m picky with what I like, that’s as much as can be said.

Anyway, that got me all nostalgic and I ended up going through my own archives and as it turns out…Footsteps in the Mirror had it’s birthday…yesterday. I didn’t even know about and why would I? It’s not like I’m big on birthdays anyway. Heck I wouldn’t put too much stock in my own birthday let alone my own blog’s birthday. But since I found out about it anyway, let it be said that at least the new theme I put in was an occassion that did not go to waste. Talk about coincidental timing.

His post got me thinking. I’m not big on birthdays or most holidays. Having spent the past five years living in a non-USA country where the holidays are different (no Mother or Father’s day, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, or Christmas), I’ve lost track of when what is happening. Being so far from family, birthday and holiday presents often arrived 1-4 months after the event, so we often celebrated long after the actual date. Like Kamigoroshi, these celebratory events are diluted and lost to the rush of distance, time and life for me.

Yet, these monumental events also play a very important role in our life. They not only mark the passing of time but are a measurement of how far we’ve come and where we are going. It’s a chance to wax nostalgic but also learn from our past, taking a moment to examine the lessons we’ve learned, and recovered from, and honor that which makes us stronger from the bruises and callouses along the way.

It’s also a scorecard, a way to measure what you’ve done. For Kamigoroshi, he not only realized he’d passed a birthday, but also another milestone of 1000 posts. Wow, 1000 posts in 3 years! I’d call that an accomplishment not just a milestone.

Did you just check your blog post count? Did you just stop to think about how long you have been blogging and how many posts you have done in that time period?

This is another aspect of birthdays and scorecards. When they happen to other people, they make us stop and think about ourselves.

Where were you and what were you doing when you turned 20, 30, 40, or 60? How does your life accomplishments compare with your friend who just announced he or she has turned 20, 30, 40, or 60?

How did your blog post count compare to Kamigoroshi? Have you done 1000 posts in 3 years, or more or less? How does it make you feel? Does it inspire you or depress you? Do you feel a sense of competition? Or loss?

What are the scorecards and events you use to mark the passage of time and success on your blog? Is it chronological? Do you think about honoring one month, two, three, six, one year, two years, etc.? Do you count the number of posts and/or comments? Do you measure your blog traffic statistics and mark high or low points on your blog scorecard? How do you score your blog?

Two last things to think about when you consider measuring your blogging.

Which of these scores and measurable accomplishments mean the most to you? Does it mean more to read 3 years or 1000 posts? Is one more important than the other?

And when someone says they have been blogging 10 years, 5 years, or 3 years, how does that change your opinion and perspective of them? How does hearing about other people’s measurable accomplishments impact you and your blogging?

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 27, 2007 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow I’m pretty new to blogging but I never thought people kept tracks on these things. I guess I should keep a tab on it too. It just depends on how serious a writer you are I guess.

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