Sunday, August 21, 2011


Jack Layton- You will be missed
Jack Layton passed at 45 a.m. Monday morning. Two years ago at Toronto Pride, Tom and I met Jack. We told him we had been together for 25 years- at that time. He hugged us and called Olivia over. Turned out, our anniversaries were just days apart. It's a sad day for this country. May Angels fly you- gently, to eternity!

Final Words written by Jack Layton to all Canadians on Saturday August 21, 2100:

“…consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together.
Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
All my very best,
Jack Layton.

They like me!
They really, really like me! 

Why am I so jubilant? Perhaps jubilant is too strong a word. Surprized maybe. Happy, yes.
Pleased- more so. I am so jubilant because I received a little message from BlogSpot telling me that this little ole Blog is heavily read.
It’s true.
I was even told that I should place some ads on the blog to reap some financial kickback.
Don’t worry
I haven’t said yes- yet. 

These are still heady days for me what with my first “payout” from Canada Pension coming towards the end of this month.

Anyway, I will have a think about the ads. If I make a few shekels for my time, would that be asking too much?
So I’ll see.

Now, back to being jubilant.
I haven’t checked the “stats” for my blog in several months. So after receiving the notice that my Blog was well-read, I took a peek myself.
Holy typewriter Batman!

July brought close to 1300 page views- I would expect that most viewers read the blog or part of it at least. Then in August there were days when up to 100 people read the blog on one day alone. Most days I am above 50. That’s pretty good considering in the past year since I began to write I notice number like 4, 5 or even a heady 7 just not many double-digits.
That’s good.
I guess I can consider myself  “popular”. I mean, just multiply that 50 or 60 per day- low-balling here, times 7 and well- you see what I mean. 

The stats even tell me- since I began writing all the way back at RobBlog number one, I have had over 12,000 page views.
Neat, eh?
The stats also tell me from whence my readers come:
Google India.
Google dot com.
The Swisssh website.
Google search and many, many more. 

So, I am excited that I have an audience, many who return day after day. The disclaimer still stands as you can see on the Swisssh Website- “contains content that may only be suitable for adults. In fact I could place that “warning” on the Blogsite too just so those entering will see the warning of adult material and will have to click on a window to enter. I just don’t see the need for that.
Like- it’s not a porn site or anything.
It’s just words.
Sometimes, bad words. Sometimes there are thoughts and ideas here with which you don’t, necessarily, agree.
That’s OK.

Last week, I received an e-mail from someone who felt bad about what had happened to me in a story I told in a recent blog. This person actually sent me a whole page of funny stuff hoping to make me feel better.
They also added they sincerely hoped they would never be considered a “good person”- in the sort of way intimated in the Blog.
Look. It’s my RobBlog.
If you don’t like what you read here, start your own blog or don't read it. Just please don’t send stuff to my personal “inbox” that offends me like that narrow minded, gun-toting, cloaked in religion kind of mentality. Religion or guns- for the most part, have never done this planet of ours anything but harm. I say “for the most part” because I still think that the Christmas Story is still one of the best and sweetest fables- ever. Of course guns have...ummm... 

So, here’s what I say to readers who send me negative, right-leaning crap to my e-mail-
“I don’t send the Blog out to your inboxes, you actually have to type in the address or click a link to enter Rob Reid Online and my RobBlog. So, don’t e-mail me your “stuff” because it’s not my choice to read it…but thanks for choosing to read mine just the same. 

Have a good one.

P.S. Dame Clare has sent along a new Column. You find it by clicking Dame Clare Voyant in the titles along the top of my Rob Blog.