November 6, 2011

Proud Momma

I've always wondered whether when I have kids, if I ever get around to it, I might turn into one of "those" mothers who are constantly shoving baby pictures down everyone's throat. We all know the type because they seem to be everywhere nowadays. Regularly updating their Facebook page with images of the latest cutest thing their baby did since they last uploaded a picture maybe half an hour before. One picture nearly identical to the other. Kindly sharing with us on Twitter every move the baby makes. Celebrating the first and thereafter every kick, bite, smile, wink, cry, gurgle, grab, laugh, shit, word, step, tooth, sneeze, meal and noise. All either the funniest or the cutest thing you have supposedly ever seen. Now we get to start seeing pictures when the fetus is still growing inside its mother's womb. Ain't that something? So soon we can begin debating on whether the baby has mummy's lips or uncle Charlie's eyes. Naturally the father will always say the "good-sized package", which could not be more obvious to the naked eye, is all thanks to him.

I can already feel every mother out there who is reading this thinking: "Oh just wait until you have some of your own!". Yup, I'm sure I'll probably become one of those too. As a matter of fact, I already understand what it's like to feel so passionate about something you have an unstoppable urge to share it with others. Whether it's a philosophical reflection, the latest book I read, new evidence suggesting the importance of vitamin D or the dangers of genetically modified (GM) foods, my new favorite Asian restaurant, or the latest campaign from I'm almost always, passionately and energetically, trying to shove something down someone's throat. At least I admit it.

On a totally unrelated side note, I'm proud to announce that today my blog is one month old.

Ok fine, I suppose you could call me a proud momma. I want to shout it out loud and share my joy with the rest of the world. Cheesy as it may sound. Or at least with those of you who are actually reading this anyway. So I'm going to tell you all about my baby even if you don't really want to hear it. Thought it would be fun to share with you some stats from the first month in case you might be curious about its progress.

I created the blog and posted my first entry exactly a month ago on October 6th and since then it's had 882 pageviews, out of which 777 were in the last 3 weeks of October and 105 in what has passed of November. We need to subtract about 30 from that total number because those would have been me before I figured out how to stop tracking my own pageviews.

The bulk of my readers are from Spain, United States and Dominican Republic but I also have some fans in Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Haiti, Anguila, France, Argentina, Austria, Ireland, and apparently Russia, Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong as well. Surprised? Yeah, me too! I'm particularly intrigued by Russia because I don't think I know anyone living there and this was before I started linking to posts on Facebook. So if you're still out there, I'd love to hear more from you.

A small group of very special people have actually gone the extra mile to show me that they enjoy reading my blog by signing up to follow in one way or another and I would really like to thank them all for their support. I almost sound like I'm giving a speech at an award ceremony. There are 13 of you following with Google Friend Connect, 7 males and 6 females. I am so relieved that this number is balanced. It's not my looks. Then there are 2 people who are subscribed via RSS and another 12 who are subscribed to email updates. I'd say not bad at all for the first month. By the way, if you would like to subscribe to this blog and are not sure how to do this, check out my earlier post on "Ways to Follow this Blog".

Now let's get down to the most important aspect of the blog which would be the writing itself. So far, I've written 9 posts, which would make this one number 10. Arguably number 9 if you consider how short the first test entry was. The topics have varied widely from nutrition and historical events to survivalism and current world politics. As I promised, whatever is going through my mind on any given day. At the moment, I'm posting a new article on average every 3 or 4 days but would like to bring that down to every other day and eventually maybe even post daily.

Here are the posts and some stats in order of popularity:

        When Shit Hits The Fan
        Oct 24, 2011 · 4 comments · 94 Pageviews

        Not All Fats Are Created Equal
        Oct 18, 2011 · 2 comments · 82 Pageviews

        The New Libyan Democracy
        Oct 27, 2011 · 6 comments · 49 Pageviews

        The Meaning of Thawra
        Oct 9, 2011 · 2 comments · 41 Pageviews

        Why Start a Blog?
        Oct 6, 2011 · 6 comments · 39 Pageviews

        October 12th: A Time for Celebration or Mourning?
        Oct 15, 2011 · 4 comments · 34 Pageviews

        Great Writers: Oscar Wilde
        Oct 12, 2011 · 2 comments · 25 Pageviews

        Ways to Follow this Blog
        Oct 20, 2011 · 14 Pageviews

        Testing 123
        Oct 6, 2011 · 9 Pageviews

The total number of comments from various people throughout the different articles is 14. This number does not include my replies.

As I mentioned in my first real post, I started this blog so that I can experiment with different forms of writing and about all sorts of different topics. Writing is one of those things I've loved doing since early in life but for various reasons I stopped doing it for a while. And although I meant to start again on many occasions, I always managed to find a good excuse not to do so in the past 20 years. So the idea of a blog was one which I'd been considering for a couple of years but the actual decision to finally set it up came on one of those days when we tell ourselves "it's either now or never". This is one of the best decisions I've made in my life so far and it's been a tremendous experience. For you this might be just another blog out there but for me, its creation has set a chain of events in motion and it serves as a constant reminder that one month ago I made a decision to follow my dreams in order to see where they lead.


  1. Wow, mamacita, you rock! You have a wonderful gift.

  2. Thanks Rob! It really means a lot to me that you take the time out to let me know that you're reading and enjoying it :)

  3. Congrats baby!!! And I'm one big proud sistah! jajaja! Keep it up, and keep 'em coming! I love!!! how your write, I truly mean this from the heart, well, I've always loved reading your long-sleeve emailsssss :D

  4. T. Mayor! I am your number 1 fan from Switzerland! I am very proud of you for finally following what tickles your fancy! I love your honesty. To many, many more articles to come. Wishing you only the best and many more fans! Love you!

  5. Thank you for your unconditional support my darlings!!! It motivates me to keep on going! :) I won't stop writing and you continue reading please! Las adoro!