My writing a blog post in the middle of the night is not exactly novel (see here for my most recent early-morning musings).
Tonight, however, there are some new circumstances contributing to my being awake at 2 AM, including the very loud construction going on nightly in my town. Indeed, I just now recorded, on my iPhone, shocking evidence of the volume of these nocturnal improvements, but I can’t figure out how to drop that file into this post.
To help you join with me in this experience, here’s a canned version of construction noises, which I’ve used in a previous post:
That’s uncannily close to what I’m hearing, outside my window, right now.
As is my wont with these mid-night posts, I like to keep them short, because I have faith, or hope, that I might fall back asleep this night.
And actually, that reminds me of a subtitle I was considering for this post: “Faith and Doubt”.
Because — in these wee hours of the morning, as I was having trouble sleeping — that’s where my thoughts have been going. To faith and doubts about these blog posts: specifically, about how many people are reading.
I know I have written about these kinds of thoughts — How Many People Are Reading? — before (see here).
And while part of me believes that Readership Really Shouldn’t Matter …. nevertheless, these are the thoughts, that are occurring to me, on this topic, at 2:30 AM on Day 142.
On the one hand, I believe that plenty of people are reading. I know that many people — those I’ve met and those I haven’t — have subscribed to this blog. And several people have told me they read this blog and enjoy it — which always warms my heart. All this — plus my experience, in groups, that, for every person who voices something, there are other, silent people who feel the same way — gives me the faith that this blog is being seen and heard enough.
Also, I especially feel good when I put things out in the world just for the sake of expression, letting go completely of the result.
These kind of thoughts tell me that this blog is exactly where it is supposed to be — in terms of readership and everything else.
This reminds me of a sign we had in the large group room at the psychiatric day treatment program where I used to work:
You Are Exactly Where You are Supposed To Be.
A lot of people who saw that sign said they found it very helpful, if difficult to believe at times.
I have found that sign — and concept — very helpful, too.
So helpful that I almost feel ready to end this post, just letting that concept in, again, tonight:
This blog is exactly where it is supposed to be.
Ahhhh. That helps. And I do believe it.
My original plans for this Sleepless in Massachusetts post had included the other side of Faith: Doubt. These doubts would have included the surprisingly low numbers I see here on WordPress about daily readership. I am puzzled by these numbers at times, because they don’t match other data, here at WordPress and elsewhere (data including readership maps, numbers of followers, etc.).
That Doubt-tinged Data — of Lower Than Expected Readership — usually doesn’t worry me. But — like everything else I see and perceive — those numbers stay in my mind, ready to surface (especially when I can’t sleep).
But for now, I am content to let go of those doubts and concerns. I believe, right now, that
I (and everything I create, including this blog) is exactly where it’s supposed to be.
As a result — Poof! All expectations, “shoulds,” and investments in outcomes — regarding this blog — fade away.
Even while those construction noises don’t.
I am supremely grateful, in this moment, for your readership. Goodnight and zzzzzzzzzzzz (snoring noises, for those of you who wonder).
I read your blog every day but I have it emailed to my Inbox. I wonder if WordPress has that statistic.