My Anniversary 11/29/19

A review of my blogs by Richard Bleil

One year ago, I started my blog with a post called “Michael Cohen”. Although I wrote it on November 29, 2018, it wasn’t published for another week or so. As I wrote it, I did so with the goal of writing at least one blog a day, at least 750 words each. I was living with a friend (yes, it’s been that long) and feeling very stuck. I decided to start the blog as a way of doing, at least, something. I didn’t have a focus; I assumed as I wrote a direction would emerge, but it never did. My blogs just kind of meander and wind through all kinds of topics, with a variety of purposes.

So, a year later, it’s time for my Greatest Hits. Yup, let’s look back on what has been the most read blogs that I’ve written. The worst are easy. There are about fourteen posts that have had “1” reader. I put this in quotes because, frankly, I think that when I post it, the system denotes me as the first reader, so chances are high that nobody read these posts. But, hey, let’s focus on our top ten.

Coming in at number 10, “The Blog” with 41 readers. This was published on October 1, 2019, and frankly made many of my friends very upset with me. It is the story of a blog writer, posting his work from beyond the grave. I actually used myself as the focus of this story, which, no doubt, is what made my friends SO angry with me. But I hope they know that it was meant to be just fun.

Number 9, “Post Good Depression” had 41 readers. On April 24, 2019, I wrote what I had hoped would be an informational piece on how my depression works, assuming that others suffered similar symptoms. See, after I have good news, or an exciting advancement, or something that makes me happy, invariably it is followed by a rather extended period of very deep depression. By putting this out, I hoped to help others who might experience the same.

At number 8, we have “The Past” with 42 readers. I published this on May 14, 2019. The true story focuses on a trip I had to make to my old storage facility that I got after my last major job as Dean and visiting an area with such great disappointment. It was a difficult trip and blogging about it helped me to put it into perspective. I guess you could say that this was a form of “self-therapy” for myself.

Number 7 is “On Kinks”, boasting 42 readers. I’m surprised there were not more readers on this post from February 12, 2019. I actually have many dark kinks that, frankly, have always troubled me even to the point of inspiring me to seek therapy. In this post, I wanted to raise the concept that kinks can be fun and exciting but must be carried out with proper protections to be sure that nobody is hurt, either emotionally or physically. I still love my kinks but sadly have nobody with whom to share them.

Number 6 we have “Four Steps Back” at 47 readers. From September 6, 2019, it’s a blog about the difficulties of returning to my academic roots, and what it is like to be back in front of the classroom having been a tenured full professor and dean in the past.

Number 5 is “The Accidental Job”, an odd post at 49 readers. This was kind of a twisted true story published on July 19, 2019 about how my adjunct faculty position came to pass because of a strange collection of coincidences.

At number 4, we have “Slow Descent Into Oblivion”, depressing 57 readers. On October 27, 2019, in a deep bout of depression I started thinking about my path that lead me to lose pretty much everything. It was inspired by the repossession of my car, which was long anticipated, and yet was just another reminder of what I had lost over the years.

At number 3, we have “On Trust”, drawing in 58 readers. Way back on January 25, 2019, I wrote this piece while thinking about my wife’s infidelity. I discussed the thought that it’s not the infidelity that hurt so much as it was the betrayal of my trust.

The second most read post is “My Demons” showing 78 readers. This was published a little over a month ago on October 19, 2019. After another sleepless night, this post was more or less a survey of regrets and experiences that often keep me up at night. While I hope others don’t have this experience, for those who do, I want them to know that they’re not alone.

And the number on most read post? My own confessions, “What About Sarah?”, coming in with a whopping 101 reads. This was posted on October 17, 2019 and was more or less a confession about a period of my life that maybe should not have happened, when I started dating a student at my institution, and how it lead me to be where I am today.

So there you go. While you are here, you may want to check out some of my older posts. “She Laughed At Me” is one of my favorites from December 1, 2018 about an experience where I was at a checkout and found myself to be the butt of a joke that I didn’t understand. “Flirting with Waitresses” from December 2, 2018 explores what happens when you treat attractive waitresses with respect. “No Blog Today” from December 16, 2018 is just a silly post written in the style of Andy Rooney. “My Heart Attack” December 19, 2018 discusses yet another time that I died. Finally, you might also like “Women are Beautiful” from December 31, 2018 which focuses on seeing beyond women’s exterior.

Thank you all so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy many posts to come.

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