I failed to notice that I had tipped over the 2000 posts mark on this blog recently. This one makes 2044. I have been blogging for six years, since my first post in 2012. That averages out to 340 a year, though of course recent years have seen a marked increase in my output.
Having such a huge archive can play tricks with your memory. I have to try to remember to always use my search facility before writing a new draft, in case I have previously posted something very similar on the same subject. A random flick through my old posts will show that I have written about the same films and songs on numerous occasions, albeit for different reasons. Annual themes of weather changes, seasonal events, and Ollie’s adventures always crop up of course, and the only posts that are really original are the fiction pieces, and the Thinking Aloud series.
This blog started out, as for many others, as something of a personal diary. I intended to look back on it much later, and remember what had happened, and what had changed over the years. But it got much bigger than that, becoming a part of my life, rather than a reflection of it. I had never imagined at the start that I would write about Blogging itself. But a quick check on my figures shows that almost a quarter of my posts, 478, are mainly about that.
I never intended to ever publish fiction on this blog. But I later succumbed to the desire to do so, and have since posted 184 original pieces in that category. My lifetime love of film and cinema soon began to transfer to the blog too, becoming one of the categories that attracted a lot of new followers. Posts appearing in that category now number 330.
Almost two years ago, one of my earliest followers dropped off this blog. She had usually commented on most posts, and we sometimes communicated by email outside of the comments threads. I was concerned that she might have been unwell, so sent her an email expressing concern for her absence. She sent a short reply, telling me that she no longer followed my blog. “You post too much, too often, and I can’t keep up”. That was a surprise for me to hear, as I know a lot of bloggers who post five or six times a day, every day. But I thanked her for her previous contributions, and wished her well. I did think about what she had said though, and gave it serious consideration.
But I just couldn’t stop myself. Sorry.