10,000 hits – still counting, and recounting

2 Jun

Last night I received my 10,000th visitor to my blog. FromTaiwan, would you believe? Who guessed correctly? For someone who considers themselves a “private” individual and had great reluctance to enter cyberspace, I find this number way beyond anything I could have predicted. Especially as I’m certainly not social-networking savvy, nor have I made any attempt to “push” or promote the site.

In the roller-coaster journey the blog is trying to follow – it has given me some surprising insights; overall, amazingly positive. On the dry accounting side of the numbers, hits have come from far and wide. From over 50 countries. Some, like theRussian Federation, Brazil or Singapore are always a surprise and others likePapua New Guinea, Lithuania or Croatia– a curiosity. The main hitters have, of course, come from places much closer to home, the UK, US, South Africa, Australia – and home itself, Israel.

From an altruistic point of view, through my blog I got to meet Agi Hirshberg of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research ( www.pancreatic.org ) – a pure privilege.

So how do I summarize? I must admit a certain disappointment that fellow pancreatic cancer suffers have hardly been knocking down the proverbial door with interest. I still receive e-mails and phone calls from the few – but I may not have helped as many as I’d hoped. But who knows? I’m truly humbled by those who’ve told me that I’m “inspirational” or have complimented my writing style. I know I don’t take criticism easily – but taking compliments seems even harder.

I keep surprising myself as to how regularly I follow my statistics – something the site supplies me as privileged information. Statistics that haven’t really helped. I’ve  posted questions about whether I should continue and/or broaden the content of my blog. Only a few responded (off-site) and I decided to continue without change.

Where do I go from here? The last thing I would wish for is that this becomes a “developing story” because of deteriorating health. Which may mean that I’ll have to keep struggling to find things of interest to share. I feel I should be doing more to promote pancreatic cancer awareness and prevention – but I have to keep my postings in proportion.

May my deliberations continue for many a long year.



7 Responses to “10,000 hits – still counting, and recounting”

  1. Steve levy June 3, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    One of those who did not reply to the question about whether to carry on or not. Definitely yes. Hopefully for ever so as to continue to show how it is possible , with determination, to defeat or to change the statistics

    • fightingpancreaticcancer June 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment, Steve. It’s people like you showing such concern, interest and support that keep me going!

  2. Jane June 7, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    Dear Martin,
    I’ve been one of your “silent” cheerleaders! Time to speak up and let you know that your efforts are reaching many and lifting spirits in the process! Thank you for sharing your journey. My mom lost her fight with pancreatic cancer this past December. I know how hard she fought. Your ongoing successes in treatment are so inspiring, as well as your fresh and honest approach to living life well. Mom would have loved your post on writing a “Guide to Inter-continental Cancer Centres” as she was a nurse for years in a large hospital, and then became a patient, ending up in hospitals from Illinois to Texas! She could definitely relate to the travails of hospital-hopping…
    As I have read thru your blog, I have been especially fascinated with the ketogenic diet. If you are looking for more “material” for your blog, this is it. The recipes you’ve shared are great. There are so many pancreatic cancer patients struggling to find hope. I know that there is not concrete evidence that the diet has made a significant difference, but it obviously hasn’t hurt 🙂 So thank you for sharing. Your success might just be exactly what someone out there is needing to hear!
    May you continue on in Grace for many, many more years!

    • fightingpancreaticcancer June 7, 2012 at 4:19 am #

      Jane, You have really touched me with your comment. I share your grief for your mother but hope that you will remember her for all the good that she must have done as a nurse. Oncology nurses, in particular, go so far beyond the call of duty. I’m sure your positive spirit helped your Mum – it has certainly brought a cheer to my heart. Thank you.

  3. angiemaus June 8, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Don’t you dare stop writing!
    Checking your blog is part of my daily routine – after tuning in to Radio London!

  4. Sue-Ellen Yeffet June 20, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Martin, please keep writing. I also check periodically and there are probably more than a few “hits” on your blog from people I have referred. You are such and inspiration (and a wonderful writer as well). “Keep on keeping on” as we Yanks say. Love to you, Pam and the wonderful girls.

  5. Mikel Zeitler June 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Good site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find good quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

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