My WordPress “Blog Stats” inform me that this past week, someone performed the ten thousandth click on Ranger Kathryn’s Arches.
Ten thousand. Not including all my clicks.
Nowhere in my wildest dreams did I envision such a thing. My blog began one season ago with two objectives: (1) Keep family and friends informed of my adventures, and (2) serve as a journal for my own purposes. It goes to show you that crazy things happen on the internet. The article in my hometown newspaper about my departure generated the most hits in one day: 210. An article on the website Utah.com praised my blogging and directed other traffic my direction. People search for phrases that are found in my blog posts, and Google magically directs them to me.
I am simultaneously humbled and gratified. This pushes me — to improve my writing and photography skills, to think more carefully about what story my life is telling, to encourage others to follow their dreams. May I say to every last reader a heartfelt THANK YOU for following, reading, nodding, disagreeing/agreeing, commenting, and even staying mute. You are a big reason for my being diligent in this endeavor.