This post is not one for notes on a book or text. It’s more of a marker that I noticed that I’ve passed 10,000 views on my site sometime yesterday. I know that most sites on the internet get that on a single page on a single day but I feel that this is a milestone for me in a manner of speaking.
I started the site just about 3 years ago as a place to put notes on books I’ve read over that same span of time. I had been losing my notebooks & even had some ruined. So I decided to put them online. This way, I can access my notes anywhere so long as the website is working. So far, so good.
One thing I’ve found curious is that many of the posts with the highest number of hits as summaries of short essays by Montaigne, Bacon and Swift. Perhaps that’s because they show up higher in search engine results. Perhaps it’s for some other reason. I guess there are a million summaries for Hamlet, Plato/Socrates or a bunch of other more famous texts & not so many on shorter essays.
Anyway, I don’t make a penny off of any of this. It’s all for fun. In fact, it costs me a small bit of money just to maintain the address & the website files. But I’m very pleased that people have been showing up here – reading for fun or for some class. If you’re reading any of these for your classes, I hope that you’re reading not only for understanding but allow these texts, especially those from the Great Books of the Western World, to make an imprint on your mind, heart & soul. I thought I was just going to learn a bunch of stuff. But it’s had a massive impact on my life, how I treat others, how I think about the world, people & life.
I’ve almost finished the 2nd year of the 10 year reading plan of the Great Books of the Western World. I’ve been dragging it out a bit but in that time I’ve moved 4 times, living in 4 different states (NJ, NY, VA, IL). I am absolutely thrilled to read these books. Some I’ve always heard of & wanted to read. Others I’d never heard of before. I’m glad that I’ve been getting hits from all over the world. Just look at that map. How cool is that?