Riding Bitch

The daily musings of a writer.


Meta Monday

It’s in my nature to obssess about new things. When I buy a new pair of shoes, jeans or anything, I tend to wear them every day until either they develop holes or the obssession runs its course. Same with music. I must have listened to Jill Scott’s Who is Jill Scott? and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at least three times a day when those albums debuted. Naturally, when I first started blogging, I checked the stats all the time, especially after I posted. I’m better about it now, although just recently WordPress updated their app for Androids. Now my phone beeps and buzzes with any new like, comment or follower, in addition to email notifications, thereby making it that much harder to ignore (I need to change a setting somewhere to minimize the noise).

Not that I’m trying to ignore the stats completely. They provide certain information that I’m still learning how to analyze. They show me which subjects appeal to readers more, which days of the week tend to get more views than others, which search terms (some pornographic) lead to my blog. They also let me know from which blogs readers come to my blog, and to which blogs people go from my blog. One of the strange trends lately is the number of followers I get over the weekend, when I hardly ever post, usually from foreign countries. I’ve also noticed that some blogs have less followers but significantly more views, and others have tens of thousands of followers but very few comments. How do we know if people actually read our blogs if people don’t leave comments?

For the record, RidingBitchblog is officially eight months old (first post 10/18/12), has 585 followers, 7,446 views (1,121 of which happened on the day I was Freshly Pressed), and 115 posts including this one. I once compared blogging to building the pyramids in Egypt, one brick at a time. I’d like to amend that statement by saying blogging is a helluva lot more fun than building the pyramids could ever have been. I’m also not quite as shy about it as I used to be, though I still don’t post on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Thank you, as always, for being a part of this amazing experience.

Have you learned anything from your stats?

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99 aka The Nuptial Bed

I just noticed there are 99 people following this blog. Free turkey to the 100th follower! Just kidding. Here are some random facts about the number 99 (according to http://www.RidingtheBeast.com):

Expresses a realized perfection state, since it is in relation with the number of the perfection, 9.

According to Bercelius, this number would be the equivalents of the Gold, symbol of the Pure Spirit.

Number of ewe left in the parabola of Jesus to go to seek the hundredth that was lost. (Mt 18,12)

Age of Abraham when God appeared to him and instituted an alliance with him. (Gn 17,1)

Number of grains of the Muslim rosary.

The numerical values of Hebrew word HVPE meaning nuptial bed, and IDIGhE meaning knowledge or cognition, gives each one 99.

Numerical value of the word Amen written in Greek:

1 40 8 50 = 99

The number 99 is used 6 times in the Bible.

The number 7 is used 99 times in the NT.

The word generation is used 99 times in the OT and the word confidence, 99 times in the Bible. The word “prayer” is used 99 times in the NT of the NRSV.

And here’s what I think of all that…

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