Another milestone: Some time between midnight and 10 a.m., Surviving and Thriving achieved its one millionth page view. I’ve been watching the site stats with great (OK, obsessive) interest, but didn’t expect to hit the seven-figure mark until the end of this week.
See what happens when you sign up for NaBloPoMo?
All kidding aside: I’m thrilled that people continue to check in. When I started the site back in May 2010, I wondered whether or not I could keep a website alive – and also whether anyone would care.
As I noted in “My first half-million,” a post about hitting the halfway-to-where-I-am-now mark:
If writers are the most insecure people on Earth, bloggers are proof that self-doubt has a sub-basement. Like the 2 a.m. disc jockey a whole lot of us wonder, “Is anyone even listening?
As it turns out, people are listening. Better still: They’re reacting. I love reading the comments, even the ones that say cranky things. It isn’t that I think everyone should agree with me – it’s that I think we can disagree without being disagreeable.
In other news…
Even without hitting the one-million mark this would have been an interesting day: I began negotiations to change the way I work at my regular job, MSN Money Frugal Nation. Late last week I finally admitted that if I want to maintain the integrity of that site – and I do! – then its unsustainable pace must be amended.
Change is very hard for me. I come from a long line of people who feared losing their jobs more than anything else, including cancer and the Antichrist. Whatever happens, don’t make waves. Don’t complain. They’ll find someone else who will do what you’re doing – and who will do it silently.
Well, it turns out that I should have written that letter to my boss a lot sooner. He had no idea I was struggling. How could he? I hadn’t said anything, and I’d never missed a deadline (even when I was having an organ removed).
We’re talking through possibilities, all with the same theme: fewer hours.
Change is scary. But sometimes change is good. If I hadn’t been willing to make that big leap back in March 2004, then I wouldn’t have any of what came later: a college degree, a job I truly enjoy (really, I do – it was just wearing me out), a chance to travel and, best of all, real love.
Heaven knows where I’d be if I hadn’t jumped. Among other things, this site would almost certainly not have happened. The chance to do this is something I wouldn’t trade, whether it bring readership in the single digits or those million views.
Or, rather, those 1,001,070 views. Once a number monkey, always a number monkey.