I started my blog in June 2012 as we started our preparations to go on VSO to South Sudan. Since then there have been just over 1500 posts which have attracted 39,056 views from 15,420 visitors – most of the latter being faithful readers, whom the WordPress elves have duly counted every time they have clicked on the site.
I have blogged from the UK, Kuala Lumpur, from Norway, from Papua New Guinea, from Australia, from South Sudan and from New Zealand. I have written about topics ranging from the Northern Lights to New Year in Sydney Harbour, from tribal face painting in Papua New Guinea to civil war in the Sudan, from cattle camps to crocodiles, from corals reefs to kangaroos.
Every now and then, one or other of my readers has felt moved to post a comment in response to a blog entry. They have invariably been interesting, often amusing and always very welcome. Some, about 700 or so, appeared on the blog itself, others arrived by e-mail.
So, hands up if you think you can guess which blog has elicited the biggest response. Come on, there’s only 1500 to choose from.
No? OK, let me tell you. So far, the biggest response to any blog over the past six years came this week, when I blogged about the frog, or was it a toad, that has taken up residence in the outside drain at the back of our house!
I even received a comment from a very long-standing French friend who said “I love your story, Robert. I hope I’ll meet your secret lodger sometime.”
When I wrote back saying how surprised I was that this story, above all others has elicited the greatest response, within a very short time I received another email…
“I think it’s because your story is more “philosophical” than you think. You offer this toad food, a good house … and what happens? It goes back to its own life. Don’t you think that humans are less clever then your toad?
We are drowning in an ocean of ‘plenty’ and still we don’t turn away. We want more!! I think your toad is clever! Why don’t you write it for Martha?”**
Well, I certainly never expected my blog to bring forth philosophical musings from anybody and especially not from a post about a frog, (or was it a toad?) in a drain, but, hey, who am I to complain?
When we came back from our travels and settled back into Brighton, I thought that it was probably time to let the blog die. There seemed to be little of interest to blog about. However, my French friend’s comments have made me think that I should perhaps keep going and just write about whatever catches my attention. Even since the start of 2018, there have been over 1700 visits to the site, so maybe there are still people out there looking in from time to time. And Martha can’t even read yet!
(** Martha, by the way, is my little granddaughter, who is just 10 months old and very beautiful.)
So, stand by and watch this space. I have no idea what direction the blog will take, but it seems a pity to stop now. I mean, how will I be able to keep my readers up-to-date with the fate of our frog, (or is it a toad?)?