And, welcome back!
Today is a very strange day, and a very special day. Luckily, since it’s my one day off, I have time to do this today.
IT’S MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
*insert tears here*
For those of you interested, this was my first post, the original welcome. Essentially, I wasn’t wrong. This place has been weird. Sometimes ideas hit me and I have to give myself a sidelong glance and wonder why it is that I even thought of that thing.
But, hey, I think we all do that sometimes.
Recently, I’ve realized that everyone has shower thoughts. You know, randoms threads of thought that happen as you’re in the shower. Usually, they shut off with the water, but…
And you all deal with it as I turn it into story form.
Thanks for that.
Just for fun, let’s review my first year of blogging!
435 published posts.
Accumulated 1,801 views.
And, apparently, those last three stats are the stats just since the start of the new year.
My month with the highest amount of views was August of last year, with 477 total views that month. Closely followed by this month, with a total of 399 views.
Pretty wicked if you ask me.
My stats page tells me that my highest viewed page (besides my home page) since the start of this year is the story To Be Trifled With and that my second highest is Lone wolf . Overall, my highest viewed story is Weekend Wolf, though those other two are right on its heels. I would tell you what my lowest viewed story is, but, to be perfectly honest, there are A LOT with only one view. Which, is sad, but, at the same time, I don’t have any posts with NO views, so that’s nice. But here’s a few of those one-only views, just for fun:
Some of these are older, so enjoy the fact that they’re pretty unrefined compared to what I usually do nowadays. You might even compare them to what I do now and go “is this really the same person?”
My first story? How to Brew a Snowstorm. An idea that I had been kicking around in my head for days before I finally just decided to bite the bullet, make myself a blog, and let the damned thing out of my head.
It wasn’t what inspired me to start this blog.
Back in those first few days, there were several stories running wild in The Land of Sailer Stories (my mind). The one that really tipped me over the edge and into the blogging world wasn’t that one though.
Base Encounters had been running around in my head for awhile. I’ve got PTSD, you see, and sometimes I just have downright horrifying thoughts. Thoughts that lie dormant until something triggers them. Memories best left alone lest I be paralyzed, a complete party pooper. Even over the course of just a year, I’ve gotten better. And, through my life, I’ve been able to recognize times when something is up with me, even if I couldn’t put a name or face to it. However, I wasn’t sure how to describe it to someone else. To make into something digestible for them. Not until the idea for this story came to me.
I didn’t re-read through it before I put the link up there, but I assume it’s grammar and writing style aren’t my best.
The metaphor still stands pretty true. For me, it’s a pretty accurate representation of what having PTSD is like. I’m sure it’s different for others—I didn’t come by my PTSD on a battlefield or anything, so I’m sure it’s different than what soldiers experience after coming home, but still.
If you like my stories, you’ve got those two to thank for them.
If it weren’t for those two ideas dancing in my head, I’d have never started this blog in the first place.
My tags have also gotten more refined over time. Instead of just posting things and going “where do I even put this? does it even matter?” I have tags!
Since I’ve created tags, the tag I use the most is Fantasy, totaling 37 stories being tagged in aforementioned category.
Honestly, not that surprising. Even before I started blogging, fantasy was kind of my thing and I tend to be pretty self-aware, I think.
In this year, I’ve also published a book on Inkitt. It’s called Into the Wilderness, that’s the link right there, and it’s free to read right now. It’s currently standing at 1,186 reads on the site, and it’s only been up since January.
This has been an excellent time. I can’t believe I’ve come so far! It’s strange to look back on things I wrote a year ago and I can feel the difference. Originally, I started this blog as a way to let stories flow out of me, practice my writing skills, and do some self-therapy, and I’m so glad that I have people following along, watching and reading and enjoying this crazy nonsense that I blurt out every day.
All of you.
This has been a blast so far.
And I look forward to another year of creating this nonsense. Of letting this stuff flow.
Another year of interacting with you all.
Truly and sincerely, this has been a blast.
And that’s thanks to you all.
Well, that was fun! I’ve got some more writing to do, so I’ll get to it. I just wanted to do some self-indulgent reflection, and, most importantly, say:
Thanks for being here folks.