From now on, I plan to post on Mondays and Fridays and an occasional posting on Wednesdays to get caught up with minor items. I tend to write more than most people want to read, so I don’t expect this will become a burden of meeting self-imposed deadlines, and the optional Wednesdays will give me some flexibility. Some sort of schedule is needed as the readership continues to grow, despite the inevitable decline of sentient classmates. As I explained in the posting of 8/17/2012, Male Peeing and Beach Walking (the title alone has drawn many readers), we all need goals to organize our ambitions, metaphoric targets to aim for. Mondays and Fridays, maybe Wednesdays, will be mine.
What constitutes a “minor” posting is only my vague classification and is not based on expectations of readership. I have proven to be a very poor predictor of popularity. I considered the one on calamine lotion to be a minor throw-away, but it became one of the more popular postings. The posting on the Jukes and Kallikaks continues to attract many readers after almost three years, which I totally did not expect. The actress Teri Garr and sweet characters she played appeal to many people, and they enjoy reading about her life now. And anything I post on TV commercials is widely read, no matter how trivial, for as long as the commercials run.
I did expect the posting on Carol Shepp McCain to remain popular, as it has, right up there with the Jukes and Kallikaks and the one on the Buick commercial (“That’s what I told him!”). Faint praise, perhaps.
A very early posting describing our sock hops, Goodnight, Sweetheart, 11/22/2005, touched many readers. It was reproduced on other alumni websites and gave me early, unexpected encouragement. I occasionally re-read it myself to shamelessly wallow in nostalgia.
Other postings that I consider especially thoughtful or hilariously funny sink below the surface with barely a ripple of recognition, although some later rise like a bloated corpse on the Schuylkill River. No matter, I am the main reader of the past postings. They seem to have been written by someone else and bring up ideas I had forgotten. I am happy to read them, laugh over them, and I am glad I had written them.