In the past several days, I’ve used a lot of blog space for poetry: “Broken Things,” “An Arc from LaGuardia” and “It All Looks Different” (posted together as 2 Poems Written on an Airplane), “The Fires of Two Lifetimes,” which I posted for the One Stop Poetry page, and “I Didn’t Know the Man,” included at the end of I Fix Mess, which I posted yesterday.
The five poems, along with one additional poem I haven’t posted yet, have a common heritage – they were all written as I recently waited on an airplane delayed for takeoff at LaGuardia Airport in New York or after we were finally airborne. I wrote them by hand in a journal I had with me; even if I had wanted to use my laptop, the plane was so packed that it would have made both me and my neighboring passenger uncomfortable. So I wrote them by hand and then edited them in the ensuing days.
Speaking of One Stop Poetry, you should check it out. When I last looked late last night, there were 70 poems linked from the site.
Duane and a few others have been after me to check out WordPress for my blogging platform, and just as I started to, Blogger send me an email asking if I’d like to be part of their new beta version. So I did, and first changed the blog's design. What’s cooler is that the beta version ("Blogger in Draft") has a bunch of management features (the stuff you can’t see) including a built-in statistics function.
Here’s what the stats told me:
The five most visited posts (in descending order) for the month of July:
- Giving Away Barbies, a giveaway of the book of poetry by Marcus Goodyear.
- On Letters, Spirit and Canoes, the guest post by L.L. Barkat.
- Jacob’s Blessing, the poem I wrote after reading Parting the Waters by Jeanne Damoff.
- Saturday Good Reads (July 31), a list of links for good things to read posted the previous week.
- Ego or Ego Sum, my poem for the One Word Blog Carnival sponsored by Bridge Chumbley.
One odd thing – in the Top 10 list was a review I wrote of Wendell Berry’s collection of short stories, That Distant Land. The review was posted in April but somehow garnered a fair bit of traffic in July.
Top referral sites for my blog posts (in order): Google, Twitter, Blogger, High Calling Blogs and Facebook. The Google and Blogger referrals are coming mostly from RSS readers.
And the people visiting my blog are largely from the United States (no surprise), followed by Canada, South Korea, Germany and Australia.
One thing the statistics won’t show is my own favorite post of the month – the poem “Jacob’s Blessing.”
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