|This was the first day I visited Armenia Bonito in Honduras - where we would ultimately spend 8 years of our lives -the beginning of a season|
As of the writing of this blog post, I had 202,614 page views, and 1,110 total posts - which averages out to 111 blog posts a year. Blogger does a cool job of keeping your stats for you - I can even tell what countries are reading my blog posts:
U.S - 147,863 views
Russia - 8101
Honduras - 5649
Germany - 3593
Those are the big ones - but I can also see who else around the world has read them:
United Arab Emirates
My most viewed blog is Fox in Socks and Baby in Box with 5,858 views.
So why am I ending my blog (you noticed I didn't say shutting it down)? I have plenty of friends who attempt to maintain a blog and only write once in awhile - and typically start their absent blog post with, "sorry it's been so long since I've blogged." They write once every 3 months or even longer (one person I follow hasn't written since July and another since May!) I didn't want to do that. And, my official capacity as a full-time missionary has come to an end. As that was the motive for me to start my blog, it seems a reason for me to end my blog.
Now that I'm back in the U.S. - writing about my patients or my experiences won't be possible. Gaining someone's permission to write about them here is quite a task - in Honduras or Equatorial Guinea I simply asked them there when I was sitting with them. Here in the U.S. there's so many other factors that revolve around confidentiality, etc.
My husband's mission adventures is running full speed ahead - and his adventures will take him near and far - so his blog will continue to be a source of disseminating information and keeping everyone abreast of what The Pettengills are up to.
So why aren't I shutting it down? My blog continues to be a resource for many people around the world - I can tell that by seeing people reading blogs I wrote years ago - it's a resource for anyone interested in missions, nurses who want an idea of what they can do on the field, a mother's perspective of raising a child in a third world country, etc. So I'll definitely keep it up, and I'm sure it will continue to be read.
So I want to thank you - my avid readers, my faithful followers, those who have contributed to over 200,000 page views on my blog! Thanks for coming along for the ride!
|hanging out with the nurses I trained in Equatorial Guinea before we left - the end of a seson|