When I started this blog three weeks ago, I swore to myself that I would update at least four times a week. One week and three posts later, I decided that maybe I should lower my criterion to twice a week. After over a week of no posts, however, I think that maybe I should start promising a post a week and then build from there (though, really, my goal is still to get 4 posts a week).
This is the time of the semester when everything gets crazy, and the last two weeks have been filled with endless grading, student meetings, and long-distance dissertating. By the time I get home and put aside my work for the day, I’m ready to veg out and/or sleep. As a result, I’ve been neglecting my blog.
To be honest, it’s not just my crazy schedule that has kept me from updating (though that’s definitely the primary reason). I’ve been wanting to update, but I began to worry that I had nothing interesting to say. It worried me that if I wrote something that was too boring or mundane, then people might not want to read my blog. But then I realized that (a) some of my favorite bloggers write about their everyday experiences, and (b) writing something boring might run off a few readers, but writing nothing at all will run off all of them. Plus, I reminded myself that I started this blog because it’s a good stress-release for me, it’s fun to keep my family and friends updated with my life, and it’s nice to have a written account of some of my thoughts and stories–whether or not they’re entertaining. Anyway, I decided that I needed to just get over myself and post something instead of worrying and not posting.
So, here’s my post with no point. I figure it can only get better from here.
Before I hit publish, though, I thought I’d share the highlights of my day.
* My beloved Conan O’Brien is back on the air. I’ve been a fan of Conan since his early Late Night days, and he’s been a staple in my nightly routine for at least the last 10 years. Needless to say, these last 9 Coco-free months have been rough. As a gawky Irish Catholic girl who’s tall and pale, Conan’s sort of my hero. We’re practically twins.
As if the fact that he’s back on the air and back in my bedroom wasn’t exciting enough, his comeback brings with it my Conan O’Brien shirt prediction game. This, my friends, is the highlight of my week.
You see, every night, right before Conan first appears on stage, I guess what color shirt he’ll be wearing. I’m not sure when I started doing this exactly, but it has to have been at least 6 years ago, as I can remember doing it when I was still teaching in Lawton. Anyway, I have about 85% accuracy overall, and it brings me the silliest feeling of pride whenever I correctly anticipate his shirt color. Given that over 90% of the time he wears either a white or a blue shirt, it’s not that hard to guess correctly. This fact doesn’t deter my excitement, however. No, I still get giddy every time I’m correct in my prediction. I recognize that this is just another indication that I need to get a life, but I’ve really missed this nightly tradition. Luckily, Conan’s back (and better than ever), and I can recommence my game. As it stands tonight, I’m 2 for 2. I dare anyone to try and do better.
*I love my blog’s “site stats.” Wordpress tells you how many views you have per day, what links people click to get to your page, and what words people type in search engines to find your blog. While I don’t know who’s reading my blog, I can see that people continue to check my blog regularly, and I genuinely appreciate that. It’s always fun to see how many people click on my blog per day–it definitely provides motivation for me to keep posting!
I haven’t had time to log onto my blog the last few days, so tonight when I got on, I checked the stats for the past couple of days. When I clicked on yesterday’s stats page, I saw that someone typed “pale is awesome” into a search engine to find my blog. I can’t tell you what a bang I get out of this. I don’t know why exactly, but this search makes me laugh. I don’t know if it was someone who was actually trying to find my blog or if it was just a random person who wanted to find other super-fans of paleness, but whoever this person is, he or she made my night.
*I bought some pears this weekend at the farmer’s market, and they are the most flavorful pears I’ve ever eaten. I don’t really have anything exciting to say about them except that I can’t get enough of them. Delicious.
*I took this picture of my cat yesterday morning, and it just cracks me up. This was the first time (as far as I know) that she’s ever just hung out in my bathtub, but she took residence there as soon as I got out of the shower and continued to sit there for the entire time that I was getting ready for work. She just seemed so tiny and sweet, so I had to take a picture. (Please ignore my messy bathtub).
I guess that brings my post about nothing to an end. It’s late, and Craig Ferguson (one of my other late night staples) just started, so I think it’s time for me to head to bed. Hope you all have a happy hump day tomorrow!