Monday, November 01, 2010

Thirty Days of Thanks: Audience

The first year I participated in NaBloPoMo—2007—several bloggers used their daily posts to list one thing they were thankful for. When the blogging challenge began, it ran concurrently with the novel-writing challenge NaNoWriMo, in November, so it was a fitting theme.

Since then, NaBloPoMo has expanded to every month of the year, but November still feels like home. After a successful month of daily blogging in September, I've basically ignored this space during October, so I thought another month of the dailies would give me a kick in the pants...again.

In November, complete with my favorite holiday only a few weeks away, I'll choose 30 things for which I'm thankful. Shouldn't be difficult, because there are probably about thirty thousand around me that I can give thanks for. And I'm not talking only about my CD collection.

A logical place to begin is with you, my readers.

I'm not much of a stats watcher, but I receive weekly e-mail updates on blog traffic, and it's evident that when I pay attention to my blog, you pay attention to my blog. (I'm stating the obvious, aren't I?)

I know I have a handful of regular readers—most of whom are directly related to me—but there must also be some of you out there who may have accidentally stumbled onto this page, and next time stumbled on purpose.

It still kind of blows me away that, whether from this blog or the weekly newspaper column I write, I actually have...readers! An audience. People who take the time out of their day to read some words I may have clumsily strung together.

And for that, I'm grateful, and thankful.
And a little confused.

"The writer does the most good who gives his reader
the most knowledge and takes from him the least time."
—Sydney Smith


  1. Jeez Novachek I've been reading you here for probably three years now, no reason for me to stop anytime soon. Partially because you're a chap from "the old neighborhood" but mostly because you're a fine scribbler.

    Wish I could read your print columns with equal frequency but it doesn't seem that HTR puts those in the electronic version of their paper.

  2. i'm thankful for your blog. without it, i wouldn't be sitting five feet away from you right now:) (super-schmoop! sorry, fellow readers. it couldn't be helped.)

  3. You won't find my columns in the HTR, Jeff...I haven't graduated to a paper of that size yet. And hey...thanks for sticking around. No matter how many hiatuses I string together, it's cool to know I have at least one reader when I finally come back to this space.

    Jess, blogs are like.........magic! Yes?? :)