The Unbearable Banishment: 500

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


This is post #500. But who's counting? And my stats? I never, every pay attention to those, either. Do you pay attention to your stats? I mean, only a complete megalomaniac would obsess over his page hits and spend time weighing the number of comments he gets vs. the number of comments other bloggers are getting. It doesn't mean that much to me. No, sir.

But just for the record, this is post #500.


Blogger Leah said...

I OBSESS over my stats. It is incredible how much it info it yields. Makes me feel like Big Brother...

January 19, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

p.s. happy 500!

January 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I call bullshit :-D

I've lost interest in my stats since I've been travelling...and they started dropping. ;)

January 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...


Maith an fear!


January 19, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger savannah said...

congratulations, sugar! i'm a latecomer here, but it's all been good reads, good reads. back to your questions, yes, i check the stats but, seriously, i don't look at the numbers anymore, it's where people are from that i like knowing. i'll admit this to you though, i got really excited that i'd written 1000 posts and then i realized that while i might have written that many, i certainly hadn't published that many! xoxoxo

January 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger NGS said...

Do stats ever change? I feel like mine have stayed the same since forever. Happy 500!

January 19, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

500, eh? That's a pretty good pace you've been setting yourself.

I think you and I have been blogging for a comparable length of time and I've managed only about half as many posts in about the same time frame.

Stats? I look at them but I don't obsess about them. It's always interesting to see what causes a big spike though. I think you found that out when you did your post about porn or something, didn't you?

I wrote about Mike Prysner, an Iraq veteran against the war, and that has sent a goodly number of rubberneckers to my humble little blog.

So, keep at it UB, as long as it's serving you. Once you start serving it, then it's time to rethink its usefulness.

January 19, 2010 at 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yer a dork, Mr. UB. But i like it...

keep writing. keep reading other folks, and commenting when you find resonance... guessing that if you look at monthly stats, they will trend upward...

January 19, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

Well, for the record, I've really been enjoying your posts for the last several months. I'm a bit shy about commenting, but reading about your life in the CITY is very intriguing, because it's something so foreign to me.

Congratulations on 500 posts. That's a lot of writing.

January 19, 2010 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Sid said...

Someone unfollowed me yesterday. I'm crushed.

Congrats btw.

January 20, 2010 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Leah: I'm glad that you copped to your obsession. I thought I was the only one.

Jo: That's a healthy attitude. It's very Buddhist of you.

map: Go raibh maith agat! (Hope that's correct.)

Savannah: I hope to develop your attitude one day. It's not a numbers game; the geography is far more interesting.

NGS: Mine had a bit of a spike a few months ago but over the almost two years I've been doing this, they have been pretty much flat. You can't control it!

Rob: Thanks for the excellent advice. You may have fewer posts, but your content is more substantial.

Daisy: Thanks. You are the grand champion of commentors. I see your quips everywhere. Don't know how you find the time.

Madcap: Welcome! And thanks. It was so effortless that I wish I did it for a living. Everything else is just toil and trouble.

Sid: Do you know what? It would crush me, too. That's why I don't use one of those follower widgits. I don't want to know if someone bails out.

January 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

I used to be obsessed with stats to the point I had figured out the IP addresses of all of my regular readers. That was back when I had the fantasy I would be the next Dooce. When I landed back in reality, I quit looking at them daily. Now I'm down to once a month or less. Here's the funny thing, I have more readers now than I ever did back then.

Congrats on 500!

January 20, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! I sm 500 posts wiser, 500 posts humored & 500 posts of knowing you better every day. I read daily and might not always comment but find you most interesting. It's like getting getting the morning paper but free & much more interesting.

January 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger mapstew said...

your reply was perfect in every way! :¬)

January 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Poindexter said...

500 - impressive! That all by itself says so much about where you are at this point in your life. Your voice channeled in this way. But you're not even curious about whether anyone clicks in to read? I am. But it doesn't really alter what I will write next.

January 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Here In Franklin said...

Stats? You mean there's a way to see how many people are reading your blog? What will they think of next?

January 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Cat: I hate to admit it but I'm kind of like that right now. Well...I've never examined the IP addresses but I *do* check at least once or twice a day. Pathetic.

MT: Who would have thought that you could learn more about me than you already know. It doesn't seem possible.

Point: I TOTALLY check my stats! I was trying to sound cool and detached. I'm actually quite needy.

HIF: I almost wish they hadn't invented the stat part of blogging.

January 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gratz, UB, on 500... i am impressed with the passion with which you write, especially about 'your' city. and, yeah, i check the stats. don't obsess (much), but do check 'em.

January 22, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

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