|WALT WRITING FIRST BLOG|
My first blog was written on September 21, 2008 when I was a guest of my son, Mark, and his wife, Mary Kay, at a beach side vacation in the Outter Banks, NC. The original purpose of the blog was to keep in touch at home during a planned bike ride across the country. According to my "statistics" I have since written a total of 438 blogs. (I only count 436).
In 2011 I have written a record 180 blogs!
2008 - 051
2009 - 112
2010 - 093
During these three and a quarter years my blog has been read 30,103 times in 64 countries.
Until March of 2011, the blog was read around a 1,000 times a month. Since March of this year the readership has tripled to over 3,000 times a month. As could be expected, the blog is read mostly in the United States. For the life of the blog, the readership has been led by the U.S. followed by the United Kingdom, Germany and the Ukraine. In the current months it is the U.S. followed by Russia, the UK and Japan. My Profile has been read by 1,516 readers.
The most read blog has been "IT'S SPRING: I Must Be At The Lake" followed closely by "ONE OF 2010 EXCITING PLANS: Can You Say Shanty Boat". Those two blogs have been read 1,357 and 1,145 times.
The readership tripled after my son, Mark, my blogging mentor, added the above book to the families Kindle library for my sake. Thanks, Mark! I NEVER GAVE MUCH THOUGHT TO WRITING A BLOG, I JUST WROTE! I learned so much in this book. The blog color, foremat and print was completely changed for the better. I identified WHY I was writing the blog. Obviously it was no longer to communicate with the family while I was on a cross country bike ride. I decided I write the blog for four reasons;
"To share how I manage to live such a good life"
"To share the wisdom of a long life in many leadership positions"
"To express my personal political views"
"To lighten life's burdens with a bit of humor"
In the last two months 43,7% of the blogs have been on the Good Life, 22.0% on Wisdom, 18.7% on Political and 14.5% on Humor. I did not plan it that way, that is just the way it worked out. I am satisfied with this mix, however.
I AM STILL LEARNING BY TRIAL AND ERROR!
Thinking people might be getting down emotionally with all the political bickering, I tried writting a JOKE-A-DAY in November. I stopped that after 10 days. It was one of those great ideas that did not work. No one was reading the jokes.
Trying to increase feedback, I ended each blog for a month with a question. Another good idea that didn't work. I still get about the same feed back as before.
I LEARNED SO MUCH DOING BLOG RESEARCH
I knew the seagoing, fleet tug, USS YUMA ATF94, laid anchor bouys at Iwo Jima in 1951. I was the Radioman aboard at the time. I did not know until I did research for the blog that she, along with the USS ZUNI, ATF95, were present at the Battle of Iwo Jima. They pulled the stranded landing craft off the black sand beaches. The above picture is of the USS ZUNI broached herself in that treachous sand. I would imagine the USS YUMA pulled her off? (Uh, this was all done under fire, and Atty. Gen. Holder called we Americans cowards?)
I MET FAMILY MEMBERS I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD
Through the blog, I met four distant cousins I did not know I had. All knew they were related to Indivan Pierce, my great grandfather, but didn't know me. One of the cousins, Cheryl living in Charlottsville, Virginia has become a close friend as well as a cousin. We have had some great times together comparing family. I knew things about her family that she didn't know.
I'VE RENEWED RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES
Through the blog, I am enjoying, on an ongoing basis, relationships with classmates from high school days now long gone. I have plans to visit one of these friends in California in the late spring.
THANK EACH ONE OF YOU FOR READING MY BLOG. IN THE YEARS TO COME, THE GOOD LORD WILLING AND THE CREEK DON'T GET TOO HIGH, I HAVE HOPES OF ACTUALLY MEETING SOME OF YOU IN PERSON AS I TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.
SEE YOU IN 2012
May you be blessed with a Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year
God Bless You and Yours
GOD BLESS THE USA