I remember the arrival of the 10,000th view of my blog. It got me so excited that I updated the blog with a post about the 10,000th read. Now that I have published a total of 88 posts as of today, I realize I was blissfully amateurish then, especially after someone recently asked me if the blog was getting 1000 views a day! But I had a great time being an honest newbie blogger.
There’s beauty in honesty. I remember when our high school newspaper adviser selected me, a mere columnist/reporter, to be an alternate delegate in the event one of our school’s seven editors could not join the delegation that would sail to a national secondary schools press conference in the southern Philippines. The prospect of being on a boat bigger than a canoe for three days on the Philippine Sea – something I had never experienced – excited me endlessly.
As instructed I packed for the trip. It was pretty cruel, really, to order me to pack to go nowhere unless one editor became ill. I wanted to go so bad I could taste it but I did not want anybody to get sick. Why did my 16-year-old life have to be so complicated? So on the delegation’s departure day, there I sat in the house, waiting for word on my fate as a future awesome journalist.
Oh dear. As fate would have it, the flu bug sickened the society editor. Consequently I was notified of my life’s purpose that week! My parents rushed me in a public jeepney to the port to board the boat at the last minute. My school’s healthy editors’ dim view of my sudden appearance on the scene was palpable.
I was like a Beverly Hillbilly on the boat. After all, I had never been on one, never been in any other island on the map, never been a delegate – a total hick from the sticks. My mouth was probably agape all the time in silent wonderment. Everything amazed me – the aging boat, the measly food, the cots for us to sleep on, the help, the diversity of passengers, the balmy sea breeze, and myself. I was in total disbelief of my presence there!
At the conference, competitions were held among us budding writers from high schools all over the Philippines. Our adviser entered me in a feature writing event. I wrote with unabashed honesty about my awe of the three-day boat journey. Perhaps the judges found unsophistication, naivete, and honesty so refreshing that they awarded me a bronze medal. Hey, that was third prize – after gold and silver! Correct spelling and grammar probably did not hurt either.
Okay, where was I on the blog stats? I honestly got sidetracked.
According to the blog site statistics that readers don’t see, five (5) posts stand out as the most viewed out of 88 posts over 40 months. Who knows who the readers are, but it would be safe to say they are mostly cancer patients and caregivers looking for answers. The rest are lurkers and cancer drug investors. The response exceeded my expectation. I had only decided to blog to inform family and friends about my ongoing fight against the malignant tumor at the bottom of my left lung and the unknown tiny spots too many to count scattered throughout both lungs. By so doing, I could avoid repeating my answer to the persistent question: How are you doing?
The statistics tell a story. I have my own take, too, on why the 5 blog posts attract the most all time viewers. Like all the other posts that did not make the top 5, they are written in humor. They can be found in the archives.
Following are the top 5 and why:
No. 5 About Celpeggy
Readers want to know who is this blogger? What does she know? What makes her tick? How can she write in such a style? What’s her problem?
No. 4 Cancer Diagnosis is not a Death Sentence
Don’t we all look for hope and reassurance that we are facing a situation that is not insurmountable!
No. 3 My CO-1686 Stoke that Appetite!
Loss of appetite is universal. Based on experience, this medical marijuana account is very honest and extreme honesty can bring about hilarity. A caregiver, a Hollywood comedy writer, told me after reading it, You are a very funny girl. You’d think she saw me in a string bikini.
No. 2 Tarceva Resistance – When It’s Time to Move On
Sooner or later, cancer cells outsmart the drug that’s targeting them. Newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers want to keep one step ahead. We’ll revisit this topic. It could have been done better.
No. 1 CO-1686 First Scan CO-1686 Vs Diva’s Lung Cancer
This is a one off. June 4, 2014. One investor in the CO-1686 drug was following my blog. When my first CTscan after six weeks of Poksceva (my tongue-in-cheek brand for Rociletinib) showed great promise as the drug for the T790M mutation of EGFR, he twitted and his tweet went viral in the investment community, sending my stats completely out of the chart. Unfortunately, the CO-1686 trial was eventually discontinued. I don’t know if the investors lost money, but that’s not my problem.
Thank you for your support and patronage. We are meant for each other. Which topic would you like to revisit?