Screeching to a halt: state of the blog

 rrrrrr...arrrhhh, crunchhhhh 

Not hits, no runs, no posts . . . no excuses, but it’s been something of a dry spell, here. Crossing the road on Blogger and Open Salon. 
I’m reminded of the words I first put under the banner of  the blog I started here two years and nearly 150 posts ago. . . 
It's still is a wild turtle crossing. My wildturtlecrossing. 
Writers in the blogosphere now travel in unfathomable numbers. We are told  -but who’s counting - that there are an estimated 450 million active English language blog sites today. How many blogs are there really?  How many are long abandoned empty shells? The numbers vary wildly according to marketing sources, no doubt in favor of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Pinterest and so forth and so on and on. 

The thing about social media is that you dare not stop, lest you loseyour face on Facebookyour feed on Twitteryour interest on Pinterestyour links on LinkedInyour circle of readers on Blogger, Word Press, Open Salon
No matter how tight or small, that circle closes the moment you stopyour fidgeting at the keyboard,your commentaryyour responsesyour writing, no matter how trivial or profound, 
It all comes down to getting down to it every day. Write.
Hit “publish”  or perish. 
And so . . here we are.  Here we go.  Such mind-boggling traffic. So many speeding tires. So many turtles. Why follow? And where to? 


"All the turtles are free.
As turtles, and, maybe,
All creatures should be."
-Dr. Seuss
Do you believe it? I can't verify the stats below (nor their date of entry), but I find them of relative interest: their source?
  1. One in every nine people on Earth is on Facebook ( This number is calculated by dividing the planets 6.94 billion people by Facebook’s 750 million users)
  1. People spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  1. Each Facebook user spends on average 15 hours and 33 minutes a month on the site
  1. More than 250 million people access Facebook through their mobile devices
  1. More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook
  1. 30 billion pieces of content is shared on Facebook each month
  1. 300,000 users helped translate Facebook into 70 languages
  1. People on Facebook install 20 million “Apps” every day
  1. YouTube has 490 million unique users who visit every month (as of February 2011)
  1. YouTube generates 92 billion page views per month (These YouTube stats don’t include videos viewed on phones and embedded in websites)
  1. Users on YouTube spend a total of 2.9 billion hours per month (326,294 years)
  1. Wikipedia hosts 17 million articles
  1. Wikipedia authors total over 91,000 contributors
  1. People upload 3,000 images to Flickr (the photo sharing social media site) every minute
  1. Flickr hosts over 5 billion images
  1. 190 million average  Tweets per day occur on Twitter (May 2011)
  1. Twitter is handling 1.6 billion queries per day
  1. Twitter is adding nearly 500,000 users a day
  1. Google+ has more than 25 million users
  1. Google+ was the fastest social network to reach 10 million users at 16 days (Twitter took 780 days and Facebook 852 days)

Photos: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss,
Random House, 1950 

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