1001th post!

Word Cloud - By Any Other Nerd 1001 Post
So here it is--my 1001th post.  I'm pretty proud of myself that I made it into blogging this far.  I started it 5 years ago and am still going strong.  In fact, it was less than 3 years ago, that I was celebrating my 200th blog post, so that should tell you something about how much I've taken to blogging.  In fact, I've been pretty impressed in that I get about 10,000 hits a month.  I consider that to be pretty good for a blog that is just a miscellany of my mind.  

While I liked the early years, it's really been the last three years wherein I pushed to challenge myself to regularly write and produce on my blog through 365 Projects and that's helped immensely in getting over the 1000 threshold.  

In looking at my most popular posts, only one of them comes from before the 365 projects.  In fact, there's the breakdown:
  1. Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury
  2. The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket by Yasunari Kawabata
  3. The Sequel, Remake, Redux Edition
  4. The Sacrificial Egg by Chinua Achebe
  5. But Who Can Replace a Man? By Brian Aldiss
Now, what's interesting is not only that a random Ray Bradbury story is my most popular post of all time, but that it still has more visits than if you added spots 2-4 together.  It has over 11,000 hits and for the life of me, I cannot understand why.  

So where has all this blogging lead me to over the years?
In that vein of continuing to hone my writing and enjoying sharing the blog with people, here is a list of my favorite 10 posts on this blog:
  1. Spaceballs: The Value of (Re)Viewing
  2. Beyond the Class; Or What I Hope They Take From My Course
  3. On The Death of a Student
  4. Tales of Running: Resilience & Mules
  5. Tales of Running: The Two Demons I Run With
  6. Tales of Running: That was Hard...Let's Do It Again!
  7. 10 Ways Running Reminds Me of Learning
  8. On Becoming a Reader – Part 1
  9. On Becoming a Reader – Part 2
  10. Compassion and Fatigue in a Social Media World
From this list, it's pretty clear to see that running has been a big feature of this blog.  When I look at the time I started to running, I know that writing about it--sharing my expereinces and working through the challenges of running--in this blog proved instrumental in formulate my identity as a "runner"--but it's only now that I realize that it also formulated my identity as a blogger.  My ongoing musings about running led into finding other ways of constantly engaging in writing on the blog and coming up with my 365 Projects and such. Teaching and my work in higher education has also been important and this has been a place for me to negotiate and reflect my role as an educator as well.  

Well, I think that's all I have.  It's been a great 1000 posts and I hope to keep going strong.  What about you reader?  Are you blogging?  If so, share over your link.  If not and you're just reading this one, I'd be curious to hear what were some of your favorite posts.

Thanks for reading and see you at the 2000th celebratory post!

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