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Toiling in obscurity

If you’re reading today because you found my blog through Freshly Pressed last week, I’m glad you decided to give Down the Road a whirl. I’ve been writing this blog for almost four years to very little notice from the world. Each new post gets maybe 20 or 30 visits in its first few days. I don’t mind; my meager readership’s comments reward me richly. I’ve been perfectly happy to toil in obscurity.

Someone who commented on my Freshly Pressed post about grammar supposed that I would now have a massively large readership. I certainly did for two days! Watching the hits pile up was exhilarating and responding to all the comments was a hoot. Check out the stats; it’s not hard to figure out which two days it was.

I do write about writing once in a while here on Down the Road, but as you can see from my tag cloud at right my blog is much more about other things. Lately, my favorite topics have been:

If you enjoy what you see here, I hope you’ll keep reading and commenting! Upcoming posts include a reflection on the value of Christmas, a photograph from the site of a famous American Indian battle, and my annual look at the most popular posts of the year. (Guess which one wins.)

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16 thoughts on “Toiling in obscurity

  1. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    I don’t really understand the Freshly Pressed selection process, but once in a while it does point people to some very good posts. I certainly enjoyed the grammar one and obviously it struck a chord in others. I’m going to read about your humiliation on live radio now. I love a good story about humiliation.

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  2. Wow, love the screen shot of your page views during Freshly Pressed. That’s crazy! I’ve read many posts lately concerning readership and stats (or lack thereof) so I liked reading that you were content toiling in obscurity :)

    I haven’t read the grammar post yet (I was intrigued by the cat picture) but I will do so now. And I’ll have to see if I can find that humiliation storymentioned by the previous commenter…

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  3. Michael says:

    I had to unsub from the grammar post because it was filling my inbox! You certainly struck a chord with it. Must be part of your 15 minutes of fame, which in this case stretched out to 2 days. LOL. Merry Christmas!

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  4. gooseberrybush says:

    I also toil in obscurity. You’re talented. Sometimes someone wins Freshly Pressed, and I think, “Why?” I agree with your comments about grammar, and the post today about faith was even better.

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