I write to work out what I'm thinking.
I'm like a squirrel: I store nuggets of information in the undergrowth of my mind until it's time to bring them out and digest them. My problem is that I sometimes lose them or, as in my 'quote' above, can't find where I first found them.
So, is it mine? No matter, a squirrel's forgotten acorns become oak trees – and you can quote me on that.
Mind you, I did look for it here, but it isn't.. There's only a lengthy list of similar quotes from other writers, from Lord Byron to George Orwell, and Agatha Christie to Mae West. All of them describe a writer's life as one of solitary struggle. Perhaps Joseph Heller (Catch 22) said it best: Every writer I know has trouble writing.
More pertinent today is what Mae West said (or did she write?): Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you.
Today is the 7th birthday of Jakartass.
I suffered from the 7 year itch a couple of months ago as the urge to resume painting – landscapes, not walls – was very strong. Maybe it will come again, but until it does I'll keep Jakartass. Or does it keep me?
Thanks to a malicious trojan virus which infected the database three months ago, everything had to be reinstalled and my hard disc reformatted, so my stats only date from the 14th of last December.
For those of you who are not numerically challenged and are interested in such things, I've listed below a few totals and percentages dating from then as listed by BB Clone, a WordPress widget. Different figures, which don't include feeds and subscribers, are provided by ClustrMaps, Xtreme.de and Feedjit, all of which you can access from the sidebar
For those of you who are not interested, I'll just remark that the stats seem to indicate that about 60% of you are here by choice rather than curiosity or happenstance. All are welcome, but especially the first group; I hope some of the second group stick around a bit longer as well.
Thanks for your coming.
Total Visits: 106458
Total Unique: 43595
Past month: 14678
Past week: 3457
Past day: 513
Top 15 Origins
Feed: 21670 (20.36%)
My original Blogspot site: 983 (6.90%)
Jakarta 110 Bars 413 (2.90%)
Mad Rotter 114 (0.80%)
Indonesia Matters blogs 98 (0.69%) (ranking as of 29th November 2010 <a href="http://blogs.indonesiamatters.com/"><img width="110" height="35" border="0" alt="Blog" src="http://blogs.indonesiamatters.com/widget.php?url_id=1056"></a>)
18 in English language blogs
Jakarta Urban Blog 80 (0.56%)
Top 12 Visited Pages
Home Page 8983 (8.44%)
About Granting Permission For Foreign National Teachers 1323 (1.24%)
Talkom Powder To Help Boy's Penis 1154 (1.08%)
A Date With Desi Anwar 1061 (1.00%)
Ujian Monyet 921 (0.87%)
Popsicle Toes 853 (0.80%)
Another Year Ahead 798 (0.75%)
Aburizal Bakrie – Exclusive Interview 793 (0.74%)
My Indonesia Links 726 (0.68%)
East Kalimantan Balikpapan Bay Bridge Project 677 (0.64%)
Tifatul Sembiring – the Jakartass Interview 612 (0.57%)
Charlie Gillett – a Reminiscence 564 (0.53%)
Commercial 13,079 (29,99%)
inc. Google 2192 (15,39%) and Porn – eh? 681 (4.78%)
Search for Images 15767 (14.81%)
Countries (see ClustrMaps for geographical spread)
United States 7228 (16.58%)
Indonesia 6117 (14.03%)
United Kingdom 1517 (3.48%)
China 1056 (2.42%)
Germany 1054 (2.42%)
Lists are the butterfly nets that catch my fleeting thoughts.
Betsy Cañas Garmon