14. Two down. Only 12.28571429 to go!




Well, that’s it. The second week of my hundred day blogging challenge is over. If you have never been here before, I am writing a post a day for a hundred days and am trying to get sixty thousand views in that time. I have, it would appear, set myself up for dismal failure.

Why am I doing this? To be honest with you, I have no idea. But if you want a more detailed, rational and dishonest answer, I read in a post by a complete stranger, who appeared to have little in the way of concrete evidence, that a good blog should be getting 60 000 views a month. Since having a good blog is clearly beyond my reach, I decided to arbitrarily spread that number over a hundred days and start chasing it in order to have a marginally adequate blog. Aim high, I always say!

How is it going? Shockingly. I never took the time to think about this before starting, but to reach my goal, I would need to be getting six hundred views a day. I’m getting slightly less than half of this.

And how do I feel about that? Fantastic. I’m having fun. That’s the whole point of this blogging thing, isn’t it? I have slowly realised that blogging isn’t about money. Just like golf, there are people who do make money. They work incredibly hard and deserve everything they get. And just like golf, 99 per cent of the people are hacking around in the rough when they get the chance, because it’s fun. They will never earn a cent and that doesn’t bother them in the slightest.


It's important to find a relaxing way to unwind over the weekends.

It’s important to find a relaxing way to unwind over the weekends.


Have I learned anything? I hope not. There are no patterns here, except to say that Saturdays suck. The numbers of views doesn’t change according to subject or category. I’ve written about my children, art, Bob Marley and naked Winston Churchill. My most successful post was about Land Rovers, of all things.

And next week? One thing I have picked up is that I don’t like setting myself a limit. I had said all these posts would be shorter than 700 words. I haven’t hit that target yet, but I still feel like I’m cutting myself off before I’m done, and leaving things out which I think should be in. So no more limits. I’ll try to keep things shorter, but ignore the word count. Oh, and I’m going to throw in the odd properly long post, because that’s what I really like doing.

I’m also going to try to have a little more fun. I feel like I’m in danger of losing something this blog had before I started this challenge. I’ve been so busy dreaming up content and sticking to self-imposed rules that I forgot that what I like most is waffling on about nothing. So I hereby declare next week arbitrary waffle week. Sorry.

I just love arbitrary waffles!

I just love arbitrary waffles!

This week has had one stunning success though. The usage of my advice page (Yes, people, I have an advice page!) has shot up by 33,3%! A third person has written in! And it wasn’t even my wife this time! I’m going to ignore the fact that the person who wrote in this week did so just to point out that they were problem free (I have tried my best to remedy that), and am bracing myself for an avalanche of despairing pleas for help.

Thank you to everyone who is coming along for the ride. We’re nearly there! Only another 86 posts to go! God help me!

Oh, I almost forgot. Sunday is democracy day. Here you go;

30 thoughts on “14. Two down. Only 12.28571429 to go!

  1. Firs of all, did you. Make that waffle? Second, whatever you are doing, keep it up. Good job. I laugh every day.

  2. menomama3 says:

    I love waffles.

  3. Cheeky Kids says:

    Have just started following your posts…..but have enjoyed it to date! I’m fairly new to blogging too, so can understand your deliberations around traffic to your site. As I was reading though I thought of another angle…..maybe not the number of visits is the measure of a true blog….but the reach of it? When you started out did you even think you’d now be reading a comment from a person sitting in bed on an iPad typing you a reply from a place called Napier all the way ‘down’ in New Zealand? So maybe your success is in the reach you’ve had….not the number of visits? I’ll be gladly looking forward to learning more about arbitrary waffles…..somewhat of a new phenomenon in little ol NZ!! 😉

    • 23thorns says:

      I’m not really worried about the numbers. But the reach thing is killing me. I can’t get into Greenland, no matter how hard I try!

  4. Rob says:

    Hey, what about quality over quantity? Half my (miserably small number of) visitors are religious fanatics and/or trying to sell something. (You visited; I decided you’re not quite in those categories. Yet.) On a totally different tack: your post today had an advertisement for flights from London to Tashkent (so you’re another cheapskate like me, who won’t pay for the ‘no ads upgrade’) – what’s creepy about this, is that I’ve been looking for flights to Tashkent. Not from London, but maybe they’re trying to tell me something? Get to London first, and it won’t be so hideously expensive to get to Uzbekistan from there? Is there nothing this Internet thingy doesn’t know about us?

    • 23thorns says:

      I never get any religious fanatics. It makes me feel terribly excluded.
      I didn’t even know that there was advertising on my blog. Can they do that?

      • Rob says:

        They pop up now and then; I guess you don’t get to see them. And yes, they can – it’s in the small print. Another thing about numbers: another blogger re-blogged a photo of mine (I think it’s pinging, but I’m not au fait with the terminology) – with permission, but then got 90 ‘likes’ on the damn thing! My photo!! that almost didn’t make the cut onto my site! and where I think my mother, best friend and a religious fanatic ‘liked’ it. I can’t be into numbers, it’d be too devastating.

  5. Lyn says:

    If you want, I could visit your page 100 times a day 😉 Nah, you wouldn’t want to get a false reading. Maybe instead of publishing 3,000 word posts, do 1,000 word posts with a “…to be continued” tag at the bottom.

    • 23thorns says:

      I like the way you’re thinking. But your maths is a bit off. If i do thirty word posts with a “to be continued”, I can knock the whole thing off this weekend 🙂

  6. aidansmum08 says:

    I love your honesty. I have no idea why I started my blog either but I’m glad I did. I’m looking forward to seeing you complete this challenge!

  7. narf77 says:

    100 points Mr 23 Thorns. Welcome back to the “blogging for fun 101” side of the equation. I blog for fun. I could care less that I have only 150 dear constant (following) readers and that one of them is my ex-husband. I regularly post ENORMOUS posts in excess of 3000 words…I occasionally foam at the mouth, I postulate, I philosophise, I pontificate…ALL the “P’s” and still my dear constant readers, now friends, keep coming back. I don’t have to set aside my entire weekend to answer comments, I don’t have to sell my soul to satisfy a plethora of sponsors and I can just write my week, my thoughts and myself onto my blog with happy abandon. Swings and roundabouts prevail and if you end up (God forbid!) with a highly successful blog, you are going to end up tied to it…like work, it will rob you of the enjoyment of writing, of sharing and of being part of this enormous creative collective of minds that rarely meet anywhere other than inside each others heads.

    Its a mad world out here and we all have to make something of it. On the very rare occasion where you find a lucid, entertaining questing mind that makes you laugh and cry at the same time, you are onto a winner. I would ask myself this question…”what am I really gaining from producing 100 posts in 100 days? Is it for “me” or is it to satisfy some need to be a “successful blogger”?” Please feel free to continue posting if it’s in your head and your heart and you are having a ball because we are all enjoying your number posts…if you are torturing the words out of yourself it’s going to become blatently obvious ;).Live to write… or write to live? Them’s the tough questions Mr 23 Thorns…

    • 23thorns says:

      i’m certainly having a ball so far. Fun and practice are the only reasons i have for doing this, so if the fun stops, I stop. And if a friendly Tasmanian insomniac tells me that my posts are getting crap, I’ll stop too (although I might sulk for a day or two).

      • narf77 says:

        HA! Like I would tell ANYONE that their posts were crap! Glad you are still enjoying posting and the challenge. I used to post every day. Didn’t think anything of it at the time but when we started studying horticulture it got a bit much so I dropped it back to two a week. My muses keep me in post material nicely. I wish they would do some of the housework (and study) though…they are definitely 1 trick ponies 😉

      • 23thorns says:

        The only thing I have really struggled with is looking for anything about your damn Lowveld fungi. Would you believe me if i told you there weren’t any?

      • 23thorns says:

        Damn. Back to the books then. There is a fungus that lives in some of the termite mounds, but the fruiting bodies are so appalingly pornographic that if i put a picture of them on my blog the happiness engineers would slap me with an age restriction!

      • narf77 says:

        Methinks it’s time to use some Photoshop techniques to hide the recriminating parts of your image thus enhancing it’s pulling power…nothing like something “verboten!” to draw a crowd. We have our own terrifying fungi here that predate living insects. Fungi is everywhere…most of the earth is comprised of it lurking in some form or other…best we learn about it ASAP methinks! 😉

  8. johnjroberts says:

    If you write em, I’ll read em

  9. ioniamartin says:

    Views shmiews. I like the blog, I like your humour, I like it all. I will just have to visit you sixty thousand times.

  10. The Rider says:

    You can do it!

  11. Posts are great, but if you want views that is only one part. Good luck though! 🙂

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