And some numbers are just around the corner.
For me here behind AuPairMom, one number– One Thousand — is rapidly approaching.
One Thoushand is big, significant, and just the tip of the iceberg all at the same time.
“One Thousand” is big because– heck, 1,000 is a lot. Imagine what you’d do with 1,000 books. 1,000 pairs of shoes. 1,000 friends.
I would never have imagined, back when I started writing AuPairMom, that I might actually get to the point of having written 1,000 posts (not to mention, the resource pages to go along with them). That is a boatload of words.
“One Thousand” is a significant number, because you’d expect that after 1,000 posts, we’d have pretty much covered every last topic there is to cover about being a good host parent or a great au pair.
Hahahahah– one thousand laughs on me to even imagine we’d reach the end of our conversation about All Things Au Pair.
But “One Thousand” is especially significant when you think about the sheer amount of words and wisdom attached to those One Thousand posts. It’s an amazing accomplishment.
We’ve been carrying on this conversation for over 7 years. That means thousands of parents helped, thousands of au pairs appeased or encouraged, thousands of LCCs with more context to address issues faced in their clusters, and thousands and thousand and thousands of pages of knowledge for Au Pair Agencies to plow through for ideas about how to support Host Families and Au Pairs more effectively.
Props to me, and props to all of you, for making this happen and keep happening.
“One Thousand Posts” is just the tip of the iceberg.
Underneath this big number are some EVEN LARGER numbers that are rather astounding. These include:
~ 32,300 comments
~ 673,000 users
~ 3.8 million page views*
*yeah, that’s in millions. That number with 6 zeros. Yep, that one.
And that’s only from October 2008 when I started counting, not from May 2008 when I published the first post.
And then there’s number that always shocks me:
The approximate time that I’ve spent writing these posts. ***
Writing them on Sunday afternoons when it’s too hot to garden. On Tuesday nights at a kid’s volleyball practice. In the middle of a weekday morning when I’ve been avoiding my work work.
Writing when I’ve been inspired by a kindness or horrified by a situation that must be corrected right away. Writing when I’ve wondered if anyone cared. Writing when I’ve thought- why doesn’t an Agency pay me to do this? Continuing to write as other au pair related blogs and sites have sprung up, disappeared, started charging for access, or plundered what I’ve written for posts of their own.
Writing, writing, writing. All the while never calling myself a writer. And darn it, never making the blog into a business.
** Does not include emails read, written or responded to, hours obsessing over emails not sent, time spent reading those 32,300 comments, hours spent anguishing over mean comments or mean emails. Or putting line breaks into very enthusiastic comments.
I mention all of this not because I want accolades (though, hey, bring some on! I’m human!) but because I’m reaching that point when I have to figure out what to do ‘with’ this blog, and what to do ‘about’ this blog.
I’ve never had a end game– or a plan for what to do when the time and energy required for the blog exceeded either what I have to offer or what kind of value I personally am getting from the activity itself. Or both. I need a plan now.
Not saying this to scare anyone, but more to make myself press forward with some hard choices.
I’m starting to mull over possibilities. I’ll keep you posted. (– if you have any thoughts please email me at mom at au pair mom dot com.)
In the meantime as we count down to One Thousand Posts,
— Take a minute to reflect on what the many moms, dads, LCCs, ARs, and Au Pairs have shared with each of us throughout all of these posts.
— Go check out the list of Previous Posts and click on a random month to see what treasures are hiding there.
— Add a random, piquant search term into the Google search box below right, and see what comes up.
One Thousand is a big number, but it’s barely 5%.
5% of the 20,000 plus readers per month who contribute to the AuPairMom community.
One Thousand hugs to each of you.