I’ve reached the 100-post mark on this blog. While I’m not 100% about conformity, it’s an easy Friday, and I’ve seen other bloggers taking the time to reflect on such occasions… I’m checking my blog stats regularly, but I don’t do it in order to monitor my traffic and learn how to increase the number of either readers or pageviews; I do it because I’m interested as to what seems to excite/inspire my readers. And I think it’s quite telling that only a personal story managed to break the 500-pageview mark, while 2 more such posts are present in the all-time top 10. NGO– and policy-related posts are also present in the all-time top 10, but note that all of these posts in the top are written in Romanian.
|blog stats Sept. 2008—June 2009—Aug. 2011, illustrated with [OpenOffice Draw](http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html) and [IrfanView](http://www.irfanview.com/)|
So, deep down, I’m quite surprised with the results illustrated above. I started blogging directly in English, while at an inter-governmental anti-corruption conference, where civil society views needed to be reflected in real time, in an attempt to persuade delegates and sway votes. I found the direct and positive impact quite intriguing, so I decided to continue writing on Romania’s governance, rule-of-law, anti-corruption policies and strategies, thinking of a former professor’s words: There’s not enough English coverage of Romania, for your country to become interesting either for political scientists or for direct investors! But the stats don’t lie—the number of people outside of Romania, interested in reading *my *views, is rather insignificant 🙁
Hence, earlier this year, I started also writing in Romanian, more and more frequently. In doing so, I have deliberately ignored any characteristics of a target audience, but rather used this blog to vent some of my deeper concerns. Apparently, that’s what people want—to peek, to pry, to partake vicariously in someone else’s torments, trials and tribulations. I guess that’s also why tabloids are so popular? But I don’t read tabloids, and I also try to offer solutions to the problems I see… Still, judging from the extremely low number of comments on my blog posts, I take it that my solutions are either impractical, useless or too idealistic? Yes, I tend to do that, offer uncalled-for solutions, and I need to restrain 😉
What else have I learned? Now I would know how to import old posts, instead of copy/pasting all of them, by hand, taking up a full day’s work; how to schedule some of my posts, as well as how to draft them offline; how to tweak with the template and the widgets; how to get higher in *zelist *rankings, by commenting a lot of other people’s posts, by engaging conversations on other platforms, and thus attracting traffic on my own blog… But this is utterly unimportant! I learned that blogging may serve to take a load off your chest, vent, release some steam; that i’m responsible for those who really read, and act upon, what I write; that some people never read, nor ever understand, regardless how much I wanted them to get it…
And while I learned how important it is to serve/cater to constituents, here, I’m writing this in English, for a Romanian public?!? Well, I also learned that I’m the most important person in my own life; and this is *my *blog—sometimes, I’m just doing things for the heck of it, just the way I like, feel or want them 😉 Since I read and interpreted the stats in English, I was just too lazy to switch my thinking and writing into Romanian… But I really want to thank my friends for their help and support, and thank my readers for bearing with my whims… And I hope (while I don’t promise) that I won’t wait another 3 years before we get to celebrate the next 100 posts 😉 Cheers, sing along, and have a great weekend!