In September my blogs were viewed 11,229 times. Each of the 2,334 times people signed in, they read an average of more than five blogs. (At least, I assume you are all people; maybe some of you are digitally over-achieving four-legged animals, who am I to say? Do you REALLY know what your dog does while you’re at work?)
The views were 309 per day. I like to think of that as me walking into an auditorium at Syracuse University and giving a lecture. Of course, that could never happen. Because of a learning disability, I am not credentialed and S.U. wants people with academic credentialing, not people who actually know what they are talking about.
Most of you read me at work. There is a drop-off of readers over the weekend and then on Monday it peaks, unless Monday is a holiday then the peak is on Wednesday because you spend Tuesday actually doing your job. I am, somehow, someway, saying things that are relevant to your job—or else you’re really bored and nobody’s watching.
You are powerful and intelligent people; you are decision-makers. You are doctors, lawyers, CEOs, managers and the odd vice president (at least Bob is pretty odd). Occasionally a less intelligent person stumbles in here by mistake. I can tell they are less intelligent because they send me comments about how stupid, selfish and boring I am.
Janet Callahan, managing partner of Hancock Estabrook law firm is a regular reader, but she’s just using my blog to try to get stuff against me in her defense of Iroquois Nursing Home. I suppose she’s billing Iroquois for reading my blog, which is pretty cool. Earlier this year I was told that my blogs are circulating around some corners of the U.S. Dept. of Justice—particularly the Civil Rights corner—yay and hooray!
CNN reached out to me about doing a story based on a blog about the damage that psychiatrists do. Survivors of psychiatric treatment have passed around some of my blogs and are dedicated to championing me and providing protection.
Mostly you work in “the health professions,” which is a term that I believe to be misused. Health professions include your gym teacher, the managers of grocery stores, farmers, people who pray and guys who organize marathons. X-ray technicians, oncologists, Medicaid executives and nursing supervisors are working in medical care, not health care, and there’s a difference.
You search for me by name, not subject. I am particularly tickled by that. I like to think it means I’m a good writer and that no matter what I set my fingertips to typing, you’ll follow me. One of the early editors of “The New Yorker” maintained that a good writer can take any subject and make it interesting. To prove his point, he chose rubber bands and wrote an article about them.
St. Joseph’s Hospital, alone in all the world, has blocked my blog as a “malicious” web site, but that’s okay because I consider St. Joe’s, in its entirety, to be a pretty malicious site. A Crouse Hospital vice president wrote: “I am 100% fine w/ anything you write and post about our fine institution…good/bad/medium/shitty…does not matter to me. You are free to express as you wish (one of the more appealing aspects of being an American if you ask me!).
“If I see something that I feel is not accurate or just plain fricked up, then I may call it to your attention. But then again I may not.” [This quote is published without permission, but he knows where I live—in his hospital—and can deal with me as he sees fit.] Crouse’s V.P. is a graduate of S.U.’s Newhouse School; St. Joe’s corporate person who shut me down got her degree on-line (and I suspect that she went to parochial school).
Most of my readers are in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and Sweden. Only 58 people have subscribed to my blogs, suggesting that I’m kind of an underground addiction. People are afraid to be known as Anne Woodlen groupies so you all just keep typing in my name every day instead of subscribing and leaving evidence that you’re a reader. My readers include a student in Canada, a retired vicar in Great Britain, and two sisters whose parent lives at the Iroquois.
I have posted 956 blogs. Imagine that. Since the average length is 1000 words, that’s a heck of a lot of words—actually, about eight books. Many people have told me that I should publish books. I’d really like to but I need somebody to help me sort, organize and market. If you know anybody, pass my name along.
The most-read blogs for September were—
1. One Small Soul-Death
2. Freedom of Speech?
3. A Little Touch of Reality
4. A Little Touch of Reality (Part III)
5. Trust, Respect and Values
“A Little Touch of Reality (Part II)” was 18th on the list. Honestly, people, sometimes I don’t understand you at all!
The highest rated for September were—
1. One Small Soul-Death
2. With God as Our Defense
3. The Winning Non-Lawyer
4. Truth, Respect and Values
5. Kevin and Cindy Cain
So what you read the most and what you think are the best are two different things? You’re out there reading stuff that isn’t the best? What is WRONG with you?
I’m sort of fine, thanks. My mom paid for the wheelchair repair yesterday; I got eight hours uninterrupted sleep last night for the first time in years (more about that later), and my glucose was only 299 this morning. I will keep writing; thank you for reading.