A Decade of Tightrope Walking – a celebration of ten years of blogging

A Decade of Tightrope Walking – a celebration of ten years of blogging

February the 9th marks a full decade since I began Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking.

I’m genuinely not sure how to mark this milestone. Most blogs put up a couple of posts, then abruptly stop. Some last a couple of years before petering about. But here’s mine, now in double figures. Heaven knows it’s not far from becoming a teenager and then what’ll I do? It’ll be staying out late and bringing home unsuitable websites before I know it.

It’s also weird looking at my stats; I’m not far off a quarter of a million visits in the last ten years. Of those visits, over 15k have been to my post on Susan Howatch. https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/susan-howatch-a-writer-to-get-addicted-to/

13K to my joke post Peas are Bad For You. https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/peas-are-bad-for-you/

Then comes 11k or so for https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/and-the-oak-tree-and-the-cypress-grow-not-in-each-others-shadow-on-love-and-marriage/

https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/if-youre-going-through-hell-keep-going-or-why-winston-churchill-was-right/ has over 10k hits

Just a little less than 10k for The Red Shoes: https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/the-red-shoes-a-dark-faery-tale-of-compulsion-and-addiction/

Over 5k to this one on Holman Hunt: https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/the-light-of-the-world-by-holman-hunt/ and 4k on About me: https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/about/

With this post there will be 1053 posts.

I wanted to do something to celebrate, something for myself, so I happened upon a very pretty silver and peridot pendant, with an Egyptian theme, as the novel I am working on has something to do with Egyptian mythology as one of its themes. Here it is:

If you have been following this blog all these years, thank you for sticking with me. If you are new to it, be welcome. If you’re an occasional visitor, it’s lovely to see you.

Thank you, everyone, because without readers a blog is just someone yelling into the void. Thank you for reading and thank you for being there. You make the darkness a little less dark and frightening. Bless you.

18 thoughts on “A Decade of Tightrope Walking – a celebration of ten years of blogging

  1. Bravo, Viv, with all the ups and downs of real life and blogging life, it’s a miracle to keep going so long. Wishing you many more happy years!

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  2. Mazel tov! I think we need some Jewish solidarity with a natural celebration to bake a cake. Well done. I am one of the ‘peterers’ but there may be some breath in the corpse yet!

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  3. Although I’m late to the “Tightrope Walking” party, (I’ve been reading these past 2/3 years) I love your “Zen” blog Viv, with its unique brand of honesty, inspiration, magick and mayhem! So thank you for including links to many older posts that I’ve missed and long may you continue with your writing. Yay! Roll on those teenage years!

    My own poetry and Jungian thought blog stands at three and a half years and counting now … wow, it would be incredible to get to 10+ years! Good luck with your Egyptian-themed novel and enjoy wearing your beautiful new silver pendant. Warm and wild blessings, Deborah.

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