After hitting a high of 53,000 or so back in January of 2013, Japan-It's A Wonderful Rife went into the dumper with only 34,000 hits a month later in February.
In the ensuing six months, it has clawed it's way back to the same level, coming in at just over 52,500 hits for August. Perhaps January was the aberration.
That makes me bemused, which is about as close to happy as I can muster in print.
Of course, the majority of the hits are for the older, popular posts you see to the right... achieving well over 50,000 total hits apiece for the top two blog articles, and an additional 40,000 for #3. Who knew that there were so many pervs out there?
Well, I did... and the same for all those people with porno websites. Sex sells.
Sadly, spending hours upon hours crafting painstakingly researched articles on historical documents about Japan just doesn't sell.
Which is fine. These blogs are free. And, at the very least, I can say the information is pretty damn accurate. You'd be surprised (maybe) about how much misinformation is available for public consumption.
Speaking of the public, people have continued to tell me that I should start selling ads on this, and other blogs... but in order to do that, I would have to switch to another blog server... and maybe upgrade to something I would have to pay for...
I could then, I am told, make money from my writing.
You know what stops me, though?
Writing for money then becomes a job.
I write for fun. Why else would I do this... occasionally opening my self up to ridicule or harassment from people who call me a racist while insulting me with racist remarks. Those are the best.
Write for money?
Nawww. I'd much rather be insulted for free.
It's like being married. No it's not. That one is costly.
Oh well... let's see what September brings. A good friend has her birthday this month. My ex-fiance has one too. Same day, in fact. That's not weird, is it? Same day my mother died, too. Or maybe not. The death certificate was 'filled out' at 12 midnight, a minute later. Let's see... what else.... lots of stuff that has affected my mood these past three years reared its ugly head in September, but on the plus side, once my brain cleared and I became more aware, it has driven me to write every single day for this blog... not missing a day since January 28 of 2011.
That's 1,682 blog entries since then (including this one). I never thought I would have that much to say.
And... in 1990, in September... I first began teaching English at the seven junior high schools I taught at in Ohtawara-shi, Tochigi-ken on the JET Programme. That was pretty exciting.
Writing-wise... August 2013 also saw another blog of mine hit 60,000 hits... meaning two of my blogs have achieved second-best hit-rates ever.
It's cool... that means 112,000 hits for the month from just two blogs. Holy crap. Finally. People like what I write! Mostly.
Did you know that in Canada, a best seller is 5,000 copies of a book sold per week? I get that many readers in two days. I should write a book. But what should I write about?
Oh... and in a couple of months... this blog will hopefully achieve 1-million hits. Not many autobiographical blogs can say that.
That's fricking awesome.
Thanks for reading.
PS: And yes... this constitutes a short blog - for me, that is. :)
PPS: And yes... that is me in comic book form in the graphic image at the very top... drawn by the incomparable Pascal St. Clair for a comic book story I wrote. You can read that HERE, if you haven't read it already. It takes place in Ohtawara, and is only partially a true story. I did have depressed goldfish and long hair. And yes... I did have a muscular body...