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Six Years of Happy Blogging

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WordPress sent me a notification, as they do every December 17th, reminding me that it’s been a new blog anniversary.  I’d be willing to bet this reminder came in around midnight last night, so I was sitting in a theater watching the new Star Wars movie (flipping phenomenal).  I’ve written in excess of 4,000 posts (I deleted more than 1,000 a couple of years ago so I’m not quite certain what the exact number is anymore) and if I figure an average of 500 words per post – and that’s underestimating by A LOT, that’d be 2,000,000 words, and the blog has been viewed 615,000 times (I’m running a little more than 125,000 hits a year over the last four years).

There is no doubt the blog has been fantastically rewarding for me, but not in a “look at me” way – the number of people who have thanked my for helping them with a recovery post is simply awesome when a handful would have done.  I was going to quit writing a couple of years ago, and those comments kept me coming back.  I’ve finally found my way to help my fellow alcoholics, recovering and not, that works

So, my friends, thanks for sharing this journey with me.

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12 Comments

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    Congratulations and I, for one, am glad that you have persevered and carry a positive message and exhibit how recovery can be the best opportunity to contribute

  2. chape says:

    Happy BlogAnniversary, Jim!! 😀

  3. Brent says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary, coming soon on the heels of your sober birthday.

    I have had a career with a ton of different job titles over the years, ranging from technical to financial to sales/marketing. The key foundation for success in all of that is the ability to write, and write a lot. That’s how you “sell” more than one person at a time in today’s world, to get them to do something you want done.

    It’s also how you leave a legacy for the world, to inspire people, or to convey hard-won wisdom. I discovered your blog a couple years ago ago not from the current post but from one that you had written some time before, and now I read everything.

    Reading this blog the last 2-3 years has not only entertained but made a contribution to my recovery — yeah, I have a program, a sponsor and a support network, but you’ve helped me continue to make exercise a priority when my commitment was flagging, by reminding me how much fun it can be to get out on the bike even when I’m not crazy about it. That’s made a difference in my recovery from my eating disorder, which is my primary addiction. I now weigh less than I have weighed at any time in the last 30 years (that’s only an indicator of success; living soberly without food binges is).

    Here’s to the next seven years!

  4. James L says:

    Congrats Jim, I started following your blog for your cycling posts, but I really appreciated the raw honesty of your posting especially talking about your recovery. Keep on going 🙂

  5. Manu Stanley says:

    Congrats dear Jim. Your blog inspires confidence in the minds of several readers, and for me, your words push me to add that little extra to what I am trying to do. Keep blogging! 🙂

  6. Jeff says:

    Congratulations and thank you! Always enjoy the read here – great insights/lessons on life & cycling, fun anecdotes, steady inspiration, plus your passion for cycling is contagious. Like many, I’m glad you didn’t quit and was thankful you returned after that little hiatus. Thank you for giving us something to look forward to reading. Keep up the great work, Jim!

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