I’m Outta Here

This will be my last post on this blog because it’s being shut down. I’ve enjoyed writing these pieces over the last couple of years. They’ve given me a chance to reflect on my writing or on other facets of my life. In some cases the need to come up with a topic once a month has forced me to look around and expand my horizons.

I’ve always written on the assumption that I had an audience, but Perseverance Press’ research has shown that the only people reading this blog are other PP authors. So, a big shout-out to you guys. I’ve enjoyed reading the other blogs and I have learned some techy things from posting my own contributions to this blog—adding pictures and links—so I don’t regret the experience at all.

I wonder how many blogs get a wide readership, even if they follow Lev’s recent suggestions. I did a guest blog on another site several years ago. Right now I couldn’t tell you where, or when, or what it was about. I sent the link to members of my writers’ group and asked them to leave a comment if they were so inclined. The woman who ran the blog was ecstatic that she got eight comments on that piece. It was more than she’d ever gotten on anything on her blog. I didn’t have the heart to tell her they were all friends of mine who had never read her blog before and most likely never would again.

So, I guess this has run its course, as all things eventually do. I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite good-byes. The first is from Jack Kerouac: “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

The other is from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “So long and thanks for all the fish.”

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5 Responses

  1. I’ve enjoyed your blog. I’m not a PP author, I’m not any kind of author.

  2. And farewell! It’s been good, but all things end. Catch you on some of those other blogs. (Yup — I’m doing 6 guest blogs this week. So — blogging doesn’t end! All best, and Happy New Year! Lea Wait

  3. I’m not aware of any research showing that only PP authors read this blog. They’ve written the majority of the comments, but not all (see above). And according to the column on the left, there are 4,028 followers (tho I’m not sure exactly what this refers to). One blog on the Internet is like one drop of water in the ocean.

    Regardless of numbers, it’s been interesting and fun. Thanks for your contribution!

  4. Adios. The blog was a noble effort. I’ll miss reading your posts. Who knows what’s next?

  5. I just started following- sad to see you go

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