Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Reached A New Milestone and Redefined Success

     A Milestone can be a call to reflection.   I reached a milestone the other day with this blog.  I reached sixty thousand page views.  I started the blog back in May of 2010 and did not really get serious about it for a couple of years.  I have made three hundred and eleven post.  I currently receive between one thousand to fifteen hundred page views per month.   

     My original intent with the blog was to help pay my expenses as I traveled around the country visiting places that interested me.  That has been a dismal failure.  I use Google Adsense for the income source and at its height, Adsense produce twelve to fifteen dollars a month in income.  In recent months that amount has decreased and has hovered at just over one dollar. 

     My most viewed blog post is Jaywalking In Las Vegas, Don’t Do It.   This post has been viewed two thousand two hundred and seventy-five times as of the writing of this post.  I have no idea why.  I lived in Las Vegas for a while and on average one pedestrian a week was kill while jaywalking.  Most of the visits on this page come from China.  Again, I have no idea why.  The second most popular post is My Last Day In Yellowstone and I Busted the Bus.  This I understand.  It has almost sixteen hundred page views.

     Upon reflection I can say that my blog has been a failure at helping fund my adventures.  I think that it is time to redefine what success means.  I may not have a cash cow here.  I do have a great record of events and people in my life.  I have enjoyed writing the posts, taking the photos and being on the journey.  This blog may not be widely read, but it will be here for my old age and for my grandchildren.  If I ever get any of those.  Come on kids, get busy.


     I know that in the bloggerverse there are millions of blogs. I am just a tiny little speck in a near infinite din of word and pictures.  But I like my blog, and in the end, that’s all the really matters.