Today is going to be a long day, and I have got most of the stuff together for tonight and tomorrow morning, but I worry about already feeling tired enough that the late hours are going to be hard work. The tanto has promised that the rain will hold off to allow us to burn everything successfully - all the old attendance records, and various old sutras have been shredded in anticipation, and we have an ample supply of pencils and scrap paper for people to write down things they hope to be rid of in the new year.
I have never been a great one for resolutions or fresh starts, or for taking time to reflect back on the year gone by, but since there is probably a rule somewhere for bloggers that they have to encapsulate something for their readership, I thought I would take one more look at the stats. Okay, the novelty of them has worn off a fair amount, so my anonymous critic can have less reason to carp these days, but I still keep an eye on things just to see how the numbers are shaping up.
First of all, it is abundantly clear that most of my traffic comes directly from the Zen Center site
(really, I doubt anyone needs that link), with additional visitors from our Facebook page, so I can't really claim any credit for either the numbers or the geographic spread of the readership. The latter seems to have stabilised recently at fifty six countries, and I think I have to thank Eston for at least four of those....Stateside we are up to 41 states, and after my previous comment about the South, Alabama and Tennessee have both come on board.
The 'search words' table is always instructive - Jerome made an appearance on there recently, the Greek still pops up, and now it looks like we have Portuguese too. Perhaps a little less obviously, one former resident seems to be constantly being searched by person or persons unknown. Their name does appear somewhere on this blog, but I don't think this is quite what the searchers are looking for. I am touched by the 'shoegazing' though, even if I have never been in a band of that genre.
ino's blog 8
name of former resident 2
the ino's blog 2
"the drums" 1
blog -vegas skies 1
blog o ino 1
blog οινος 1
green gulch 1
ino blog 1
shoegazing blogs 1
More to the point, I think it is true that many people click through from Zen Center out of curiosity, and a large percentage of them never come back. I know I have some regular readers, and even a few loyal ones, so to all, in whatever category you would place yourself, thank you for visiting, and Happy New Year.