State of the Blog Address

It’s been 12 months since I started blogging and these past months have been a very interesting experience for me. I started blogging for the fame and fortune, but then I realized very quickly that only a few people were reading my blog — namely my husband, my parents and one or two friends. Thank goodness for the people who love us because they put up with what we do even though it might annoy them now and then. Blogging has become a great creative outlet where I can express myself by recalling memories of my childhood and sharing my opinion on politics and current events and a variety of other topics with anyone who cares to read it.

My blog is called The View from My Chair and this post explains how that came to be. One of the nice things about blogging is that you begin to develop friendships with other bloggers. I have met so many wonderful people through blogging and many of them are listed in the “blogs I visit” section on the right hand side of the page.

Other bloggers have inspired me to want to achieve their high status in the blogosphere. I have had my own little 15 minutes of fame in the blog world which you can read about here. During a period of about two days I received in excess of 2000 visitors to my blog from around the globe since what I had to say was linked by Michelle Malkin, La Shawn Barber, and various and sundry blogs including Slate. This experience turned out to be a negative one due to the nastiness of trolls who will use any excuse to attack you. Because of it I decided that I wanted to remain one of the “little people” of the blog world at least until I get a thicker skin.

I don’t receive a lot of visitors to my site but lately my traffic averages between 35 and 45 visitors per day. Some of this has to do with my blogger friends, but a lot of it has to do with search engine traffic. It amazes me sometimes the search phrases that bring visitors to my site. This traffic comes from all over the world. The Internet is definitely an unbelievable place when I think about how it makes the world so much smaller. How else could a woman who uses a motorized wheelchair, has no money to spend on travel, let alone have any recognition as someone important, have such a worldwide potential audience? Astounding!

Here are some links to a few of my favorite posts throughout the last year. (I may update this more throughout the day.)
Video Blogging Weenies
A Blast from My Past

What is the future of my blog? I plan on continuing to blog because I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s something that kind of gets under your skin. Often throughout the day I will analyze the day’s activities by asking myself, “Would this make good blog fodder?” LOL if you are a blogger you probably know what I mean. Unfortunately my brain works faster than the rest of me so most of what I think would be fun to blog about never makes it to the Internet. Some of that may also have to do with good common sense protecting me from embarrassing myself.

Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your comments with me. Please continue to visit because I think this place will only get better.


  1. Vanda
    Apr 17, 2006

    Happy First Flogging Aniversary Karen. As always I’ll keep visiting. LOL you couldn’t keep me away.

  2. pb
    Apr 17, 2006

    Happy Blogday, Dear Blogsister. And many, many more!

  3. Fordee
    Apr 18, 2006

    One of my favorite “geek” and “tech” tshirts says, “I am blogging this.” I haven’t bought it, but I love the sentiment. I often think as something is happening, “Man, I have to blog about this.” Lately I haven’t had as much time as usual.

    Your blog is one I am really glad to have found. Congrats on 1 year in the blogosphere. I am going to read some of your links in this post later and comment when I can… for now it’s bath time for Aidan! 🙂

    btw – are you watching The Unit on CBS? Similar to 24 and it stars President Palmer from 24 fame. Love the show.

  4. NormB
    Apr 18, 2006

    Has it been a year? Wow, it seems like just yesterday when all the Scottsdale Leaders came to the house for the ribbon cutting and you typed the first “Blog” word.

    What? Excuse me….That didn’t happen?

    There I go again, Thinking that things are going on when they didn’t. Maybe they should have.

    Karen, it happens each time you make me stop drinking Coke.