So as you may have noticed, I took a little time away from blogging. A week ago Monday, I put up a post, stripped the blog down to a minimum of gadgets and walked away for a while.
I've been blogging seven days a week for just over two years now, with one break because my computer crashed and another because of a short vacation down to southern California last summer. In some ways, I was wondering if I was as addicted to blogging as my students are addicted to texting and being on their cell phones. I decided to put up a gloom and doom post, not my first, and maintain something close to radio silence. I limited myself to one comment a day total on all the blogs I read regularly and waited to see if anybody noticed I was gone.
So, Matty Boy, how did the whole "Goodbye, Cruel World" experiment work out for you?
Well, hypothetical question asker, some people noticed. I got phone calls and e-mails from people asking if I was okay.
I am okay. Thanks for asking.
Nearly everyone who got in touch directly is someone I know face to face, the one exception being my blog buddy dguzman, who is moving to northern California later this year, so I expect we will have a chance for that face to face thing right soon.
But then there is the traffic on the website. Notice the massive drop-off in visitors (yellow bars) and page views (red bars) after the fateful day I decided to disappear, marked in black and blue?
No, I don't notice it either. People kept showing up whether I posted stuff or not.
So although there was no new 'splainin' for over a week, people happily kept dropping by, many to find a picture of a see through globe, my most popular picture right now of all the pictures I've ever posted, and a steady stream of visitors looking for pictures of Alice the Snorg Girl.
And, oh yeah... My People stopped by looking at the old posts that cater to Our Agenda.
So, to re-iterate. People love the globe. Folks are nuts for Alice the Snorg Girl. My People like the giant women. Extra 'splainin's? People can take them or leave them.
And since I'm back to blogging and it's a Wednesday, I'll put up a Wednesday Math post later this evening, about the really big numbers and really small numbers and things that can be 'splained on a human scale.