It’s been 9 years.
My first entry on this blog was on May 29, 2008. It was a simple introduction outlining my goals.
As is my habit of leisurely reading and posting, my first post covering a story didn’t happen until April of 2009. At the time of the introductory post, my goal was to read the BASS anthologies from 1978-2008…a nice round 30 years.
I’m still very far away from that goal and pushing the “goal posts” back a little – to extend my reading to the most recent edition of the anthology (at this time being the 2016 edition) would require me to read an additional 522 stories. Even if I were to read and post an entry for a story a day, that would take me about 1 ½ years to reach the end of 2016 and by that time another edition would be published adding another 20 or so stories. If I read and post a story every weekday - that would be 260 stories a year, and that works out to just about 2 years exactly – a year beyond the 10th anniversary of the blog.
Seeing that it has taken me 9 years to read 273 stories, another 522 (plus additional stories published in future editions) would take me at least 18 more years. At that point I’d be 63 years old. Holy shit. I guess I better get reading!
Some additional stats.
I’ve read 273 short stories and made 341 posts on this blog.
Lawns-by Mona Simpson, posted on Aug. 22, 2001 has the most page views with a total of 1255.
According to Google, the blog has received 94,004 all-time page views. And I can only assume that about 90% of those were by other computers.
I’ve received 78 comments on these 341 posts which in all honesty is just fine with me.
The comments have been generally good so that leaves me satisfied given the fact that reading comments can be dangerous because when people comment on posts, they are usually not very nice.
Those that have left comments…thank you – you have been very kind to me.
The project goes on!