I wouldn’t normally post something which seems boastful – at least, I hope I wouldn’t! – but on Friday my blog passed a milestone:
I haven’t reached that number quickly: I have been doing this, off and on, for around eight and a half years, so if you do the maths you’ll see that this works out at just under a thousand views per month on average. That is hardly setting the blog world alight, is it! I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly serious blogger, the sort that spends all day working on posts and may very well be making their living from it. For me, this began out of the therapy sessions I was undergoing after my return to work from a long spell away with depression, and became a hobby which I have continued since I retired. You’ll still see mental health posts on here – I’ll never lose sight of that – but over the past year or two the focus has been much more on sharing the music I like. Readership, followers, likes and comments are what I’d describe as ‘steady, but gradually increasing,’ which is fine by me. I enjoy writing the posts, researching the backgrounds to the music I share, and then the interaction with you all once the posts have gone live.
There have been other posts too: I’ve recently started an occasional series of National Days, I still sometimes post under the older Dates To Note banner, and there are the random posts like this one which get lumped under my default ‘Thoughts’ category – it’s easier than thinking too hard about a new heading! But they all share one thing in common: they reflect me, my thoughts and hopes, and the things which make me happy. Hopefully that comes across to you: for me, the first rule of blogging is to be honest with yourself and your readers, and don’t try to be something or someone you’re not.
I’ve nothing more to add, really, but I just wanted to mark the milestone with a profound THANK YOU! to each and every one who has contributed to those page views. You may be one of those who I view as regulars, who have become ‘friends’ through the medium of blogging, even though we haven’t met or spoken in any other way. Or you may be someone who drops in now and then, or perhaps this is your first time here. Whichever it may be, I am grateful to you all for spending some of your time with me.
And now, by way of celebration, it wouldn’t be me without a couple of songs, would it? Taking my theme of trumpet blowing, I thought I’d mark the milestone with a couple of tunes that feature trumpets. Firstly, my favourite song of all time. Ever. Bar none. I quite like this one:
And for my second tune, this is another favourite, from a band who do a good cover version of the previous song. This is one of their own, though. The trumpets aren’t as pronounced, but the overall feel wouldn’t be the same without them:
And to save you asking, no, she isn’t a regular member of the band. Her name is Marianne Dissard, she is French, and the song and video wouldn’t be the same without her, either! She is an interesting character, and a multi-talented person – you can read more about her here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Dissard
Thank you again for helping me pass a significant milestone, and enjoy the rest of your weekend – unless you’re in the Antipodes, in which case I bid you goodnight and sweet dreams.