Occasionally I look at my Site Meter statistics, which I find mildly interesting. My blog doesn't get hundreds of readers a day - only about 130 at the moment - but since I've started posting daily, my monthly total has gone up from about 2500 in October to over 4000 in January.
Now of course these aren't 4000 individual people, but 4000 clicks. How many people does this add up to? - I've no idea. I suppose that I'm aware of about 30? maybe 35? commenters but there are obviously other people out there idly reading about my thrilling life. (Some of them are my family.) I suppose that most of the daily 130 are separate individuals and that not everyone looks every day so that there are probably more than 130 people keeping vague tabs on the cats, Grandson and how things are in Edinburgh. But has the number of readers gone up, or just the number of times the usual ones get bored at work and think, oh well, I'll just have a look at that blog about cats and a baby? Probably the latter, I'd think.
Some of those in the statistics will have stumbled on my blog by mistake. Any time that I look at the entry pages, I find that several people have landed on a blog post entitled "Learning and teaching". Clearly some poor souls are Googling this phrase and hoping to find educational value through their search. I can't recall what the post's about but it's certainly nothing useful: it's something frivolous. Sorry, searchers for enlightenment - though of course they'll have clicked crossly away from that post and won't be reading this.
It's a funny old phenomenon, this blogging thing. I love it - words travelling round the world to communicate with those one will probably never meet - even if, in many (most) cases, the communication is one-way. Still, it is communication. (Hello.) It's strange that so many of us feel the urge to do it. And interesting that, presumably, it fills a need that we weren't really aware of. Or were we? It makes me happy that so many people must love to write but had no real outlet for this before; no one to write for. And now they do.