Wednesday, February 21, 2007

One Year Anniversary

I'll be damned! Today is the one year anniversary of this blog.

The reason I started Kleefeld on Comics was mainly as an outlet for the various comic-related thoughts that were rolling around in my head that didn't seem to expressible in other outlets I had. In that regard, this blog is admittedly and whole-heartedly selfish. I'm writing this stuff down here so I have a repository for anything I might want to write in the future. Almost as a sort of ongoing idea file.

The other thought behind starting this was to try to put myself to a regular writing schedule. People who teach writing generally say that the best thing to do to improve your craft is simply to practice. Write, write, write. Get used to the way ideas flow out of your head, through your fingers and onto the screen. Repeat the process of articulating ideas so often that it becomes as natural as breathing. And by doing that every day, you'll find that you'll be doing enough of it to see improvement over time.

Well, as you might have noticed, I haven't exactly hit the mark yet. During the past year, this is only post #304. I seem to have lost two whole months due to various things getting in the way of writing here. That's not an excuse, mind you. But let's see if I can't get at least 365 posts over the course of the next year.

The other element to this blog, of course, is ego. The idea that I have something worth saying that somebody else hasn't already said more eloquently. That I have enough ideas worthy of reading that people would come back here more than once. Let's be honest here; I regularly only get 30-40 visitors on most days. If I tie into someone's else meme or contest, or if someone happens to link here in a popular message board, I'll get a bump of 70 visitors or so for a day or two. And that is a pleasant ego-boost. "Ooo! I got 42 visitors yesterday! I must've said something decent!"

Anyway, today's post is particularly self-indulgent since I'm talking about myself talking about comics. But for those of you who have returned more than once, I relaly do thank you. I'll be continuing my bizarre rants and disjointed conjectures for the foreseeable future, and I hope you'll indulge my ego by joining me.

5 comments:

plok said...

That'll be a pleasure, Sean!

Anonymous said...

Pfft...nobody reads this blog.

Can't wait to make fun of you again a year from now.

plok said...

Huh? What the heck's that all about?

An in-joke, I hope...

30 to 40 visitors a day was also my average for something like ten months, and pretty pleased I was to get it. Once or twice WFA linked me, and then I got this huge boost...but then again, it was mostly just people sailing through, not reading. In the end I got a tad frustrated with that, and actually found I preferred the steady lower numbers to the artificially inflated ones. Call me crazy.

And, you've written what? 304 posts? I'm not even up to two hundred yet...must aim higher. I teach writing in a small way, from time to time, and "write more things" is always the best advice I have to give. Well, second best: "read more things" is the real indispensible skinny on the matter, but of course I assume you've got that covered.

Sean Kleefeld said...

Huh? What the heck's that all about?

An in-joke, I hope...

No idea. BUT, it still means somebody's reading this, and I'll take some solace in that.

Call me crazy.
Okay, crazy.

Well, second best: "read more things" is the real indispensible skinny on the matter, but of course I assume you've got that covered.
I do try to read a lot, but there is only so much time in the day. Actually, I figure 24 hours would be just about right if I didn't have to sleep -- I could get so much more done. Useless stuff, that sleep. I might try giving that up.

RAB said...

Congratulations! I vaguely recalled that you and I started at roughly the same time, but didn't realize our respective debuts were this close together. And look how much more you've done with your year than I have! I've got a feeling the year to come will bring us both plenty more opportunities (both good and bad) to educate others about Kirby...