So: Basically, a Free Book

The nice statistics program on WordPress, the platform (and I highly recommend it) for this weblog, tells me that this is the 401st blog post. That means that I have written the equivalent of a pretty big book here over the least few years.

For no pay whatsoever.

Nor the slightest career advancement.

Not even the thrill of cheap, transient fame through massive viral exposure to a huge international readership otherwise unavailable to me.

No, my one or two posts a week go out to about 6000 visitors a month. And these visitors, like you, mostly lurk, pay nothing (did I mention that?), occasionally contribute a thoughtful comment after a post they particularly like or disagree with, and once in a while send me a private e-mail of encouragement.

But you know what?

That’s fine by me. I like writing for you.

So thanks, truly, for reading. If you can summon up the interest, send a link to a friend or two, or speak up from time to time on the comments, or even just tweet in the “Opine” section of the website. I write for you, so write back once in a while and I’ll be satisfied.

Not rich, or famous, or dizzy with excitement, clearly. But satisfied.

And that’s all we Anglo-Canadians aim at, anyhow.

9 Responses to “So: Basically, a Free Book”

  1. Linda Wightman

    And I thank you. Not that I’m sure I’ve been counted as one of your readers, as most times I try to leave a comment, the Guardian at the Gate seems to think I’m a spammer.

  2. Carmen

    Well, I would feel privileged if 6000 people wanted to check out my every blogpost! As for career advancement, doesn’t it help get your name out there, resulting in more interest in your work? And as for the work going into it, isn’t it the same work you’re doing anyway for more blatant forms of career advancement? I thought you were posting here for the same reason you keep up on twitter and facebook SO MUCH. Staying connected, getting your name out there, and also because you just like to comment on things!

  3. Carmen

    Wait, that’s pretty much what you just said in the bottom half of your post. Great, now 6000 visitors will see my silly response . . . perhaps it’ a good thing I don’t have a blog! Glad you like writing to us.

    • DJ

      Carmen, I didn’t think your comment was silly. Those of us who blog for free do it for our own reasons, including the one you pointed out, that we just like to comment on things!

  4. Kessia Reyne Bennett

    Thanks for the free book ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for the blog post that helped confirm that I should do a PhD! Speaking of which, I have to get back to reading another 400 pages from a book that was NOT free… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. September

    You very eloquently summarized blogging!
    I feel the same way and I only write for 10 people!

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