|A gathering of bloggers Iron bound section, Newark, NJ 2012|
But today, just now, actually, the number off to the right caught my eye. I think I've noticed it once or twice before but I've never really paid much attention. Today, I did.
Wait just a minute, I thought out loud.Page views all time history: 3,003,592
Is that really three MILLION, three THOUSAND, five HUNDRED and ninety-two?
Get out of TOWN and shut the front DOOR!
Curious, I scratched around a bit more. I discovered that, apparently, I've posted 3,293 essays on my blog. Well, with this one, that will be 3,294.
|Padre, the lovely Mona and the late, great Laura|
At that point in time, I didn't know how to add pictures or, apparently, how to use the spell check function, and my ability to turn a phrase was in its infancy, to wit: describing +Gene Robinson as "an honestly gay man."
We did make our way through that awful time. Mostly. We ended up with Resolution B033 which committed the church to "exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.”
Newly elected PB Katherine Jefferts Schori said "it was the best we can do." Indeed, that's what I titled that blog post. As I re-read it just now, 13 years later, I could still feel the sting of the pain.
So, before I get lost in the weeds on Memory Lane, here's the thing: I started writing this blog in 2006 at the suggestion of my Parish Administrator. I had been a deputy to the 2003 General Convention and had sent daily emails to my Vestry to keep them posted as to the events and issues being debated.
They, then, printed out the emails, copied them and sent them 'round the congregation.
"A blog will be so much easier on everyone," my Parish Administrator said and, after a brief discussion, set it up for me. I called it "Telling Secrets," after my favorite book at the time. I posted something about the one major legislative issue and how Anglicanism works and left it alone for the next week until General Convention began.
|A gathering of bloggers and our spouses 2012|
No joke. That's how absolutely ignorant and stupid I was about how technology worked as well as its potential and possibility.
I had heard about "the information super highway" and something called "a search engine" but while Google was founded in 1998, personalized searches only came into being in 2005, a year before I began my blog. I suppose that's no excuse to those of you who are "techies" but it's a pretty big deal for " a simple parish priest".
Today, people who read my blog are mostly from the United States, followed by the UK, Canada, Russia, Germany, France, India and the Ukraine.
Imagine! It still pretty much blows my mind.
Then again, I've expanded the topics of my post from Anglicanism in general and the Episcopal Church in particular. Here are the top five all-time page views.
And then, there are the "trolls". Lord, have mercy!
|Ally, Padre and the lovely Episcofemme (Eileen)|
Or, frankly, that anyone would really care what I might have to say about any given topic.
I'm not that naive anymore.
I am still surprised by the venom some people have in response to an expressed opinion by someone who is a total stranger to someone who is, to them, a total stranger.
It's usually done anonymously. Of course. Although, I must say, that sort of nasty exchange on a blog isn't so much a thing anymore. Social media provides the opportunity to have disagreements and arguments with total strangers in "real time" which proves much more satisfying to "trolls."
These day, hardly anyone leaves comments. Which is fine. I post on my FaceBook page and people mostly leave comments there. Which is fine.
I don't blog to enter into conversation with people. I blog because it's an outlet of expression.
Mostly, I blog just to work stuff out in my head. To "think out loud". To reflect on an experience I've had or a thought that has been stuck in my craw.
And, yes, because I'm a "feisty, opinionated woman". I confess. It's true.
Although, interestingly enough, my sermons are pretty much all I post these days.
Will I continue blogging? Probably. Unless I stumble upon a compelling reason not to, I suppose. I've actually made some interesting friends over the years through this blog.
Indeed, there were a few gatherings of Bloggers several years back - before FaceBook became the rage.
We met in New York once, at General Seminary. We met again in Southern NJ - Princeton, as I recall. And again in Newark, in the Ironbound section.
There may have been other gatherings that I missed but those three I remember with great fondness and affection. I've actually scattered a few pictures of our gatherings around this post.
That was then. This is now. I have no illusions that anything like that will happen again. Had I know that at the time, well, I don't know that I could have enjoyed them more.
3,294 essays in about 12 years. That averages out to about 274 essays per year.
I don't think I'll increase that average. But, I'll probably have at least that many opinions.
As Rachel Maddow says, "Watch this space".
(And, thank you, to all of you who have, over the years.)