Monday, March 7, 2011

My 100th Post Already - A Milestone, and a New Blog Feature

Let the trumpets sound forth in glory, as this is the 100th post to my blog:

Fun Fact: This is also the trumpet fanfare that Ali and I had played at our wedding.

Since I started writing regularly, it's been interesting to see how my writing has really taken on a life of its own - some posts that I think will take 2 minutes to write might end up taking several hours to complete, while other posts that I think will be fascinating and engaging end up going absolutely nowhere and must be abandoned.

Nevertheless, I'm starting to feel like a real blogger - one of the reasons why is that I am getting more traffic from than from the shared links I post on Facebook. Blogger (other blog services probably do this too) lets me see exactly what Google searches bring people to my blog, and some of them are hilarious/fascinating/disturbing. Here are a few of my favorite searches that brought people here:

"getting out of the meth trade" - yikes, I really hope this person got the help they need; I'm sure they didn't get it from my blog.

"funny unintended consequences of laws" - yeah, I love these too. If only lawmakers would think more deeply about the laws they're passing ....

"reminders of how lucky you are" - we all need a pick-me-up now and then ... though I'm not sure this blog is where you should go for one ;)

Furthermore, my blog hasn't turned out to be quite what I expected it to be - honestly, I didn't expect the average post to turn out quite as serious as it has turned out. I expected a greater mix of more light-hearted and/or funny posts, and I didn't expect so many of my posts to be so serious and/or political.

But, as it turns out, the topics that I find most interesting and prompt the most reflection in me are, for the most part, relatively serious topics, as my tag cloud reveals - and as far as I'm concerned, that's fantastic. Don't get me wrong - I find LOLcats, Reddit (especially the rage comics), and stories about stupid consumers as funny as the next guy, but I can't say that they really get my creative and critical juices flowing.

So, here's to my first 100 posts (*Grant raises a glass of red wine*), and to the next 10,000 (*gulp*).

I'm also launching a new feature for the site! I'm sharing all of those news stories and posts from elsewhere that I find interesting but will not have time to write about - think of it as the "Presented Without Comment" section of the blog. The address of this new feed is:

Or, even better, you can subscribe to this new feed via RSS.

And while you're at it, you should subscribe to my blog's main feed, either with this link, or via the "Subscribe To" tool in the right menu bar  ;)

Well, I guess that's it for my 100th post - thanks everyone for reading along thus far - I can't wait to see where the future takes us.

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