Status Update

I figured it was time.

Though I use Facebook so little, I had to go to the Help menu just to figure out how to update my profile picture.

I opened a FB account years ago, before I even knew what I was getting into, not expecting the slew of friend requests from high school acquaintances.

Feeling sensitive about privacy, I stopped posting photos and hardly ever log on anymore.

You can laugh about the privacy thing. Being that I post some rather soul-baring content here on the Archives, daily, and loyal readers have gotten the play-by-play of a romance that has blossomed between the Bohemian and I.

I don’t know what the difference is between a WordPress blog and a Facebook Profile page. But somewhere in my little mind I’ve drawn a distinction. I still have not clicked that handy link WordPress offers, authorizing connection from my blog to FB.

But this morning, I pushed beyond my comfort zone. I must live a more-than-charmed life if the ‘discomfort’ I surmounted consists of making an update to my status on Facebook.

I really pushed the envelope. Updated my profile picture. Even posted a comment, reflecting on the Julia Butterfly Hill quote I love so much.

“What is it that calls you to stretch beyond what is comfortable into places that are uncomfortable, and to realize that you are more powerful and more magical than your mind could have believed?”

The woman lived in a 180 foot tree for two years without touching the ground. She knows about fear and discomfort and I don’t think it had anything to do with the internet.

Me, I just live this little push and pull between open-hearted sharing and hermit-like retreat. This morning, the hermit was encouraged to come stand in the light of day. Update her status.

It wasn’t all that bad.

Being With It

I had made other plans for today.

But you know about plans…

Jeb wakes with wild gestures to his throat, signing that he doesn’t feel well enough for school. My inquiry as to whether we need to take him to the doctor is met with strong head shakes in a definitive ‘no’.

I don’t really think he’s that sick. A little congestion, a little scratchy throat. I could push it and make him go. Maybe some would say that’s what a good mother would do. But I don’t have ‘some’ standing in my kitchen. And I’m not feeling like pushing a tide.

Meher Baba

So, I acquiesce. Call the school. Set Jeb up on the couch with a fresh sheet and a magazine. Try to justify this day off from school as a learning opportunity, as he plays the saint-taking-silence and writes notes to me on notebook paper. He’s practicing his spelling and writing skills, right? He’s communicating. He’s telling me his dreams.

“Mom this is the darngris part win I go to sleep I amagin me in a checrs game and win ever I move a checkr stuff comes up in to my nose This is y I think as a sicnst I think I need mor water”

This morning I guess he’s the scientist-saint, slash, medical intuitive, slash, dream interpreter.  Some may say he should be at school studying his spelling.  But I quell that scrutiny as best I can.  Try to silence the judging thoughts.

Taking cues from everything I know and trying to apply it to this curveball in my day, I soften. I do not resist.

I send the necessary emails to the appropriate people, restructuring my schedule as best I can. I choose not to react with stress about this turn of events. I decide I’ll stay calm.

Meher Baba

I come to WordPress, ever committed to posting my daily chronicle. Offer you a glimpse into my impromptu morning. Upload pictures of Meher Baba, which somehow always make me feel better. The man was silent for 30 years. Take a look at his face. He knows something.

Man, I hope I’m starting to get it.

Meher Baba

Fresher than Ever

Little did I know that while I was strolling an isolated beach and dancing barefoot with the locals on the day of the ‘new now’, there were monkeys in cyber space collecting data about me.  Release any images of the flying chimps associated with Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.  I believe these ‘helper monkeys’ are friends – they’re Word Press monkeys, apparently, and they’ve been watching blog stats.

So what’s the haps in stats city?

Well, For the Archives got a check up by the monkeys and below you can see the appraisal via their nifty Blog-Health-O-Meter.  Looks like I’m fit as a fiddle as far as the primates are concerned.

On the same day of my stat status summary, this site had the most visitors it has ever seen.  In the past I’ve just hoped for enough readers to equal double digits. Yesterday nearly 80 people took a look (note to self:  photos of bikini clad women in paradise may help stats).  Maybe in 2011 I’ll crest 100 readers in a day.

Ultimately, it’s not about the site statistics.  I actually started For the Archives afraid anyone would see it at all.  But as this project has evolved, I have found the power of the writing and a desire to touch a common space of humanness with whoever reads the words (single, double, triple digits, no matter).

Word Press monkeys say that three 747’s worth of folks had a chance to scan the Archives in 2010.  We’re all on this trip together.  Let’s make the ticket first-class and keep it open-ended.  Remember to put on our own oxygen mask first.  Remind each other to enjoy the ride.

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Thanks for flying with me!

Your 2010 year in blogging

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 82 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 177 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 109mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 6th with 41 views. The most popular post that day was About.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

About January 2010

2

15 Seconds of Grace December 2010

3

Love and Woo Woo with INXS August 2010
3 comments

4

November 6, 2010 November 2010
2 comments

5

You Are the Masterpiece November 2010
5 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com