Fireworks! Sirens! Applause!
This is my 500th post on Dirty Laundry. Now I know how Derek Jeter felt with his 1000th hit, right? Not! But it is a milestone, and since bloggers share with baseball players an obsession with statistics, here are mine. ( I have no idea if these numbers are high or low relative to other personal blogs.)
I started DL in October 2006.
Since then, it’s gotten 171,648 views. My biggest day was August 12, 2009, when 1014 people clicked in. The big draw that day was A Haunted Baby Sister, which I wrote in response to the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and it focused on her relationship with her sister Rosemary, who spent most of her life in an institution.
Although Baby Sister drew intense interest and commentary, it isn’t my most popular post. That honor goes to…
My review of the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman, with over 14,000 hits, and which continues to draw readers on a daily basis. It’s also gotten the most comments — 36. A good chunk of readers come from kmareka.com, a nurse who referenced the review on her site.
In all I’ve gotten 672 comments. Like every blogger, I love hearing from my readers, and I’m disappointed when I don’t.
I get a major kick out of the search terms that lead people to my site. The most frequent are Lia Lee (Spirit again); Cross-dressing; Joni Mitchell; Spanglish; Susie Bright; Erotica; Yankees; Jorge Posada; and, another seasonal favorite with over 2000 hits, Tampa Bay Ray’s name change. Then there’s the occasional wacky, inexplicable search term, like today’s “stop that’s my baby porn hub.” I can’t access the list of terms other than today’s, unfortunately; wish I’d kept a record — trust me, they’re hilarious.
I’ve only been highlighted on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed list twice — once on the subject of Grandmas (not much competition there!) and once on a list of “Growing Blogs.” I suspect the reason I don’t make the prestigious list more often is my use of uncredited, mostly stock photos. That’s a subject I keep planning to address: briefly, I try to take only “fair use” pictures; getting permission is time-consuming, and would delay posting, plus, I don’t use the work of professional photographers (except my friend Phyllis Christopher) and I’m surely not exploiting them to make money!
So there you have it — everything you wanted to know about Dirty Laundry but were afraid to ask. And it’s onward to the next 500. Keep coming back!