Last November I did a post for the approximate 10th anniversary of the blog, here. But perhaps a bigger milestone, at least for me, was crossing the 4,000th post, which I missed literally a couple of weeks ago. I realize quality is definitely more important than quantity, but let’s face it, writing 4,000 posts over a 10.25 year period amazes even me. So many posts were brainless, but many required some thought and as much as 8 hours to write, a little or a lot of research, some time in markets or various purveyors, quite a bit of travel, and several times some expense to boot. So the 4,000th post is MAJOR for Marketman and marketmanila, as it represents an average of 32 posts per month or just over a post per day EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST 10+ years.
I recently ran across an article that claimed that human attention spans are shortening significantly and that humans clocked in with attention spans (or ability to focus on something before getting distracted) of just 8 seconds on average in 2013 (down 40% from 13 seconds in 2000), or 1 second less than a goldfish’s ability to concentrate on a task!!! Sure, it could be apocryphal, but it demonstrates a point I have been harping on for years, that the kids today flit from one thing to another, without gaining sufficient depth. And I shouldn’t just target kids, adults are like epileptic wasps on crack as well. When this blog was new, the average visit to the blog lasted 4+ minutes. Today, it is closer to just 1 minute, even for older posts, and it just tells me that people don’t even read most of the post, since I haven’t really shortened my posts that much and I blather on as before. That’s why I often get comments at the end of a lengthy post describing a recipe and the question is “Do you have a recipe for this?” or “Where did you buy this?” (when it is all imbedded in the post) to which I often bite my lip and twitch my fingers to avoid wishing the heavens strike down the Attention Deficit Disorder afflicted reader with a bolt of lightning!
This blog never needed vast readership, it didn’t thrive on visitor statistics, it didn’t have a commercial bent and therefor all the standard metrics didn’t really matter, or did they? They simply kept reminding me that there were folks out there who were still interested, that there were cyber friends I had never met who kept coming back year after year after year. And who knows how many people have eaten meals from experiments and recipes I have posted over the years…you don’t know how much of a high that gives me, I only hope I didn’t poison many of them. So to marketmanila.com and to all of you, a sound round of applause. Thanks for sticking around. Thanks for chiming in with intelligent and knowledgeable input, with empathy and caring in times of disaster, and with a common bond that boils down to food. I never thought I would make it this far, and I have occasionally felt my creative well had run dry, but you have all helped to keep me pumped up. And while I don’t post as often as I used to, I will continue to do it (sometimes, sporadically) and keep the blog up until that point that it just doesn’t make sense anymore. Or until the day that folks no longer drop by.
And as a THANK YOU to readers, in the next few days or so, I will be raffling off a few of my cookbooks and the ultimate prize, a custom-made, denim-lined, leather-trimmed rattan market basket with wheels made by S.C. Vizcarra which probably retails for a couple of hundred U.S. dollars abroad. And you can’t buy it retail here either, it must be custom ordered. Stick around and let the games begin…
P.S., those of you who won bottles of sister’s jam a few weeks back would be pleased to know that several of her entries to this year’s competition in England won medals, so you were eating from batches of gold medalist jams… I meant to do a post on that but I can’t seem to open the photo she sent me a while back.