Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brag Post



It happened at some point on Wednesday: a quarter of a million hits. I saw it coming for some time and wasn't sure what sort of post I'd do. A recap? A few goals for the future? A list of thank-yous? For a while I thought I'd use this milestone to announce a new blog: A BookMineSet blog without the Blogspot extension. But despite my five years of blogging I still lack any tech savvy to set that baby up, so here I am. Still at home at bookmineset.blogspot.com. It's okay, it's comfy here and after 250, 000 hits, the doorbell's still working so for now I'm staying put.

Funny story about hits. A couple of days ago, I got an email from my friend Barb. Barb is one of my earliest friends made through blogging by the way, and my family and I will visit her for the 2nd time in March. We're very excited. She blogs over at Bad Tempered Zombie. But don't let the name fool you, she's quite kind. It's true she's walking dead and she'll eat your brain, but she's also uber-awesome. Check out her blog. Anyway, Barb wrote to tell me she'd been checking her own stats counter lately and noticed a few hits from Halifax from people searching for "'John Mutford' jerk." I guess after 5 years of blogging you make some friends, you alienate others. Oh well. To those I haven't alienated, thank-you all.

Now, what does a litblogger do to celebrate? Why, he gets some brand new bookshelves of course. Actually, the shelves are unrelated to the stats counter, but I'm just trying to cram as much boasting into one post as I possibly can. And besides, the shelves don't really count as boasting since I had very little to do with them other than staining. The actual construction was done by a close friend of ours whom we've met since moving to Yellowknife. Actually before Yellowknife, my family and I moved so much I didn't really care for bookshelves. Bookshelves meant keeping a lot of books and a lot of books meant a lot of boxes to pack and a lot of boxes to pack meant a lot of time and money. But we love it here and in October we also found a house that we really love. All was left was the bookshelf...


And that there'd be me, reading beside my spanking new book shelves. Thanks Simon, they're even better than I could have imagined.

Not the most eloquent post I've ever written, not the worst either. But it's another post. And there'll be another, and another, and another...

I promise/warn you.

Smiley emoticon.

15 comments:

emeire said...

Congratulations!
Are your books organised by colour? :)

Em

raidergirl3 said...

hmm, what em said! both parts.

Megan said...

Congratulations! That's great. And I love the shelves. They're perfect.

John Mutford said...

Emeire: Thanks! And yes, they're organized by colour. As it's obviously still lacking books, I went to a thrift store last week and spent almost an hour looking through for some. A worker came along and asked if I was looking for particular titles. She looked quite disgusted when I said, no, just orange or green books. Oh well.

Raidergirl: Things that make you go "hmm," hmm?

Megan: Thanks!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A quarter of a million hits? Congratulations, that's a lot of people who have found you, jerk!

Your bookshelves are lovely, despite the lack of orange and green books. An entire wall dedicated to books is exactly what I would expect in a Mutford house, and I notice you have claimed the comfiest chair. Well done.

Bybee said...

Nice shelves!

Allison said...

Those are fabulous bookshelves! I now have bookshelf envy. Is it just me or are the books themselves colour coordinated? It looks that way from the photograph, but just may be the light.

And congrats on all the hits, too!

Chrisbookarama said...

Congrats on the hits! And I love those shelves. You are quite the interior designer. Steven & Chris will be jealous.

Dale said...

Congratulations! That's a lot of hits and for good reason. I love those bookshelf shots! Beautiful.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: It is the comfiest chair. Though we have a chaise in the den that's a close 2nd. It might even be first if I didn't hate the word "chaise."

Bybee: Why, thank you.

Allison: Yes, but I'm trying to decide if I should start the orange-yellow from the left on the 2nd shelf. These shelves are just becoming too much work.

Chris: If they ever visit Yellowknife, I might even let them look at the shelves.

Dale: Thanks on both!

Gavin said...

Congratulations John! And those bookshelves are just gorgeous.ladhe

Teena in Toronto said...

Congrats!

emeire said...

Ahahah! I can imagine! I would have loved to see her face!
Em

Teddy Rose said...

Congrats! What a wonderful reading room you have!

Scrat said...

Congrats on the blog-hits! Not only do I have blog-hit-envy but shelf-envy and reading-room envy!
Congrats again! You make a wonderful contribution to my life-learning and to the promotion of Can-lit. Bravo!