This is my 500th post to the blog. I was hoping to do something spectacular but I'm completely devoid of ideas. But I couldn't let such a large round number go by without some comments.My first post was on February 3, 2008, so it's also almost the 2nd anniversary of the blog.
According to the hit count thing I have on the sidebar, I've had 27,146 hits since I've started. I don't really trust the counter and I know it reset itself a couple of times. Not as many hits as some baseball card blogs but since I had pretty low expectations when I started, I can't complain.
According to the followers widget, I have 37 followers. Usually when I sign up as a follower on someone's blog, I read it pretty much every day. If I had 37 people reading my blog every day I'd be pretty amazed.
More numbers. I've been collecting baseball cards since 1985, when I was 34 years old. I became a real baseball fan around 1970. For whatever reason I wasn't a big fan of sports when I was a kid. In the past 25 years or so, I've amassed 72,173 different baseball cards. Counting doubles, I have 86,539 total cards. And that's not counting most of the cards I bought last weekend at the big card show (blog posts to follow).
Another collection I feature here is my bonsai plants. I have 13 bonsai plants. 3 of these were store bought, the others I've started myself. In the past 2 years, I've lost another 4 or 5 plants which just didn't work out.
I also feature a song a week here from my song collection. I currently have 8,444 songs in iTunes. I get songs from purchased CDs, from library CDs, from recording songs from vinyl albums I own to MP3s (a tedious process), buying songs from the iTunes store, or from several song-a-day podcasts.
I'm also a avid reader. I occasionally feature a book I've read on the blog and at the end of both 2008 and 2009 I ran a long post on all the books I read for the year. I read between 50 and 60 books a year. I have a 40-minute commute to work so I like to listen to book CDs as I drive which helps keep up the total.
Well, if you've managed to get this far thanks for reading. I read once that the average blog had a readership of 1. If that's true I'm doing way better than average. I thank you each and every one that you choose to take some time out to read what I have to say. A few months ago I announced that I was going to retire from the blog but I got enough favorable comments that I decided to stick with it. I'm glad I did.