Celebrating my 100th Follower and the Best Post of 2012 Redux


Two days ago my blog, disappearinginplainsight, got its 100th follower. I can hardly believe the way this whole blog experience has worked out. Seven months of blogging – 54 posts – almost 2900 views – 251 comments! Wow. If I sound proud, it’s because I am.

I remember back to the summer when I started the blog – I had one follower – a friend who is also a Word Press blogger. One day a Facebook friend signed up as an email follower. Then out of the blue – a total stranger was following me. I was thrilled. The next week this person dropped me and I was devastated. I took it hard – what had I done to be dumped? How had I failed my newly attracted follower?

Bruce always says he doesn’t like the expression – followers – sounds like Jones Town Massacre time or something. No cyanide laced Kool-Aid on this site – I promise. I welcome all followers and promise to do my best to be worth following.

I’ve been trying to decide on a past post to feature as my best of 2012. But what criteria should I use to decide? At first, I thought – the post with the most “likes”. But we all know that “likes” alone can be a bit suspect and if I did go with that criteria, I’d have to repost a Weekly Photo Challenge on the topic  Delicate    32 likes. But this post was a collaboration with my photographer husband, Bruce. That seems a bit budget to me. Don’t get me wrong – I love the post – the photo and the Walt Whitman poem seem meant for each other – but this is my blog, after all.

Maybe I should repost the blog that generated the most comments? That would be,   I had no idea . . . Ten things I’ve learned about blogging     28 comments – but keep in mind – half of those comments are my responses to other people’s comments – still a decent dialogue. But it’s a pretty recent post – maybe better to highlight something further back.

Should I go with the post that has generated the most search engine results? That would be,   Flight – A good movie for a Writer to See.     But I don’t think a lot of those people who plugged in the words – is Flight a good movie – expected to end up at my blog, so maybe not. Though the way the title worked to generate so many hits is a good lesson in being searchable.

I could always resort to a tried and true method of decision-making – write all the post titles on slips of paper, throw them into a paper lunch bag or shoe box, pull out one and declare that title the winner. That’s a bit of work though, and I don’t think I’ve seen a paper lunch bag or shoebox around here in a while.

In the end, I decided to look closely at my list of posts and see which one jumped out at me – which post really meant a lot to me. I’ve decided to highlight –   Gatekeepers and Gateways    – as my favorite post of 2012. It was published back in September – a good month to think about teachers and teaching and the way some teachers open the gates of our learning and others slam them shut. If you’ve never read this post, I hope you’ll click on the link above and give it a read.

Let me know which of the posts you liked the best.

6 comments on “Celebrating my 100th Follower and the Best Post of 2012 Redux

  1. Cheney says:

    Congrats on that milestone! I am new to WordPress and your blog so don’t really have a suggesting for you as far as your best posts, but I have really enjoyed your honest ‘writing about writing’ in the last month or so I have been reading.

  2. Christine says:

    I love all of your blog posts so it is hard to decide. Your posts on writing are probably my favourite, but maybe because they don’t get under my skin like the more thought-provoking ones lol. Since I am “lucky” enough to not be a fiction writer I can just enjoy them and comment away, freely offering plenty of “advice” lol (we all know how you feel about advice…).

    As an aside, this is the first blog I have ever followed. One thing that bugs me is why on earth can non-bloggers not like your blog posting? Every time I try to like it it says I must sign-up and be a blogger to do so. This seems limiting and bothers me. Anyways, I suppose the format can’t be helped. Just know that I like all of your posts even though I am forbidden to show it 😉

    • I love all your blogs – the perfect answer – music to my ears. Thanks so much for all of your facebook reposts – they mean a lot. The “like” thing is confusing at times to me. I wonder if you signed up as an email follower if you would be able to “like” – not sure. All sort of silly, since you obviously like me – hehehehe. Happy 2013. I’m hoping you have time in the New Year to start your own blog!

  3. Gwen says:

    Flight was the post that drew me to your blog. Looking forward to more in 2013!

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