Thursday, November 3, 2011

This Blog's One Year Anniversary: Thank You Readers of This Blog.

When I started this blog in November of 2010, I had no idea of what to expect in readership.  In fact, I had no idea of how I was going to approach it.  At the beginning it was mainly play it by ear.  Two of my loves are politics and classical music.  I have developed this approach of mostly political posts during the week, with emphasis on conservative politics and issues involving Israel.  I have tried, to incorporate some satire and humor when possible.  In very serious issues I have played it straight for the most part. Also, during the week, I inject when the feeling dictates, stories on my other love, sports.

On the weekends, I post almost exclusively on classical music.  I love to do those posts because I love to share my love of classical music and some knowledge I have gained from taking my daughter for many years to her classical piano private lesson classes.  I am so proud of my daughter as she became a really good pianist and attended the hard to get into, High School for the Performance and Visual Arts School in Houston.  Although she did not stay with her piano classes at the University of Houston, she graduated and now works in my brother's dermatology office. She recently got married last June and I am so proud of her.

I am writing this post to thank all of you who have read at various times my blog.  I really appreciate it. As I said I did not realize if anyone would read this blog, but am pleasantly surprised to have almost 34000 hits in the first year.  I know that makes this a small blog and very tiny in the scheme of things, but to me it is gratifying to average almost 90 hits a day. Again I say to you, thank you so much.

What has shocked me is how people from different countries have actually read [or seen] my blog. I have this computer program that keeps track of who views my blog.   There are people in close to 20 different countries that have clicked on my blog.  Wow, how did that happen?  Maybe it's the name: Tales from a tribble that means something to someone in another country.  Here is the top ten list:

1. United States
2. Canada
3. Russia
4. Ireland
5. Germany
6. Singapore
7. United Kingdom
8. France
9. Israel
10. South Korea

I try to do at least one post a day, but with my full time job it is hard to do, and sometimes I am disappointed in the posts I put up.  I apologize for those weak posts.  I will try and improve my posts this next year as I keep on learning.   At least this gives me a hobby I can turn to when I retire [on one or two years] and then hope to really develop my blog. So, once again I thank you all who have even read my blog one time.  I appreciate you.    God Bless!


JoeBillScott said...

Goodwork Mike and Mazal Tov!! -rafi

Anonymous said...

MIke, though I seldom comment, I read your blog often and enjoy it whenever I do! Thanks for the fine work, fellow Tribble! - DaveInAZ

Anonymous said...

Good work, you're an inspiration - graphicdave

Big Mike said...

Thanks so much Rafi, Dave and Dave :)) I really appreciate your kind words!!

bradley said...

As the younger brother of big mike, I can attest that the writer of this great blog has 2 major loves and passions-- and they are his family and his country, the great country we live in!! Congrats big mike on a super first blogger year--- your wit, knowledge and talent continues to entertain us all!
Your bro, brad b

Francine said...

Congrats on your 1 yr. anniversary of your blog. I am so impressed that you have readers from all over the world! Although I don't always agree with you on everything, I'd say we're about 95% in agreement, I always find your posts interesting! I'm proud to be your sister-in-law!

Big Mike said...

You may be younger in years Brad, but certainly not in wisdom.

Along with Pop, you and Sandy are my heroes.

My younger brother is my big brother!

Big Mike said...

Wow, Francine, with your great knowledge, if we are 95% compatible than I am doing something right. That is the biggest compliment you could have given me. Thanks, sister in law!