You may wonder how I chose mountain climbing as this week’s subject. It’s because I recently received a yearly report from WordPress on my blog, shirlandyou. WordPress provides features required to create and maintain a blog, then throughout the year they compile enough information on my work, that they can give a report on how I did. Their report started out like this: “Six hundred people reached the top of Mt. Everett in 2012. My blog got about 7100 views during that year. “If, the report stated, “every person who reached the top of Mt. Everett viewed this blog it would take 12 years to get that many views.” Wow, this was encouraging to me.
In 2012, I wrote 52 new posts. I started shirlandyou the year before when I posted 39 times so the total number is 91. From the information WordPress had compiled I noticed that most of the viewers are spending more time reading and not just visiting. All totaled, there were 10,107 views and 776 comments. I hope that means that shirlandyou is becoming more interesting. I thought you may like a few more stats, then I will return to the subject of mountain climbing. In a sense, in writing a weekly blog, I feel that’s my mountain to climb. Readers from 59 countries clicked on to shirlandyou. Most visitors came from the the United States and Canada and the United Kingdom was not far behind. Just yesterday there were two viewers from Thailand. A post done last January, “Little Things In Life” was the most popular. That post, by the way, may still be read. Of course, you know how much I enjoy your comments. Some of those who consistently write are, Karen, Colleen, Janine, Ada, Chuck and William. I wish that many more of you, who write occasionally, would become consistent, too.
Did you know that in 2010, John Kazanas, a Greek-Australian, climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world? The 38 year old hopes to inspire
others through his book, “Reaching Everest.” I find it interesting that he said, “Everyone has their own mountain to climb whether it’s running a marathon or losing weight.” He is hopeful that his accomplishment will motivate many people and assist them to achieve their goals. My climb may not be as difficult physically, but it takes determination to write something new every week, especially at times when a subject seems non-existent.
Kazanas embarked on his climb without stopping in the face of howling blizzards, snow blindness, dehydration and the real possibility of death. He said that in the face of death
one does not eat and the only liquid available was the thermos of tea, then frozen. He had to break off the lid and melt the ice with the warmth of his tongue. “One could stop,” he said, “but if a storm comes in you may die.” The idea was to move as fast as you could. The most challenging aspect of the trek, was seeing the preserved corpses of mountaineers in the snow. He also had to deal with the death of fellow climber, Peter Kinloch, who collapsed following blindness and dehydration.
John Kazanas believes anyone can achieve anything they set their mind to and his experience pushed him physically and mentally to a new level. Besides it being necessary to have both physical and mental strength, he says visualization is important. He visualized himself at the top. But in addition, his training for the climb was intense, including weight training, rock climbing, 24 hour hiking sessions, food deprivation training, intense cycling and swimming. I’m glad doing shirlandyou doesn’t require Kazanas’ physical training, but mentally it is challenging, a challenge that I like and one I prepared for through years of writing at Suburban News newspaper and at WRGN
Christian radio, I’m ready to continue the climb for another year. It’s the visualization that has me stumped. Maybe the fact that my photo appears at the top of my blog is sufficient. I’m sure Mt Everett is not for me. By the way, do you know that at times, there’s a traffic jam at Everett as hundreds begin the hike. I hope they are ready for the climb of their lives. For me, I’ll keep pecking away at my computer. With the help of WordPress I’ll let you know how I do when this New Year ends.