A week or two ago, some blogs I read posted about managing their large families (of which I am not), and the theme was bedrooms, or kid's rooms, or something along those lines. They use some kind of internet magic that lets other bloggers add a link showcasing their similar blogpost. While I'm never together enough to plan these out, I was excited as I'd recently posted on my girls' new 3-bunk-closet. It wasn't a complete room-exposé, but displayed their sleeping quarters at least.
It was fun to get some extra comments on that post, brought, no doubt, from the link I left at the blog(s).
[In case you're interested, here is a link to their blog carnival on large families: Four Moms, 35 Kids. At least, it'll get you started. :) ]
Then I got my oft-ignored weekly email that tells me how many (and almost who) visitors I had. I almost really never check it. But I eyed the summary and fell out of my chair, when my daily average had gone from the usual 12-16 to a hefty 74. Seventy four!?! I had something else to do, and didn't have time to double-check that, and make sure it wasn't a glitch or mistake (yes, I know, that's not worth beans in the blog-world. But this is my world, and that's pretty amazing). I really couldn't believe that had happened, or how.
Last week a friend was visiting, and the subject came up, and I was about to tell her this information but I checked myself, thinking I MUST have misread, or even dreamed it (I had to double-check with a cousin to see if she had lately told me another cousin had been a Navy SEAL. She had not. He had not. No wonder I hadn't heard about it before. I had only dreamed it.). I checked the email again, and sure enough, that's what it said. I was still fairly sure it was a mistake. Later, when I had a moment, I decided to click through and see where the traffic was coming from.. Maybe I had been outed locally and someone was building a case against me for something, and was gathering evidence. :) But no, the hits were from all around the nation, even places in Europe and Australia/New Zealand (and my friend has moved away from NZ to England, last year. Again. So it wasn't her.). I found a bar graph that showed a sudden jump, and it finally dawned upon me that my little link at the blog carnival must have garnered a considerable chunk of traffic! Mystery solved.
Today I checked, and while it's not half that earlier average, it's still much more than it used to be. So I come to the point of all this rambling...
Be welcome here. And thank you.
I do hope you'll leave a comment or two anywhere you like, or email me at [my name]@ hotmail dot com. I hope to get to know some of you!!!