Here Lies Dina, She Was Rarely At a Loss for Words

So there it was, at the top of my stats page, the number of posts which have appeared on Wine and Cheese (Doodles). The last one, about my son’s extreme origami frustration was number 499.

Which makes this one…500.

That’s a lot of posts. Like, seriously a lot of posts. Now, full disclosure, some of those have been re-blogs of old posts, especially during the summer months when everything slows down to a hot climate pace. One was a post I ran from a source who wished to remain anonymous, but we’re still looking at a hell of a lot of ideas, passionate pleas, complaints…and words–some of them four letter.

My posts average about 800 words. That means that, even conservatively, we’re looking at between 350 and 400 THOUSAND words.


For comparison:

The word count of The Hobbit is 95, 356
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? 257,045
A Game of Thrones: 298,000
Even 500 posts later, I’m still well under Infinite Jest at 483,994. Which is just fine by me.
Consider also: The average first time novel is around 80,000 words.
That means there are nearly four novels worth of words about parenting, living abroad, sex, marriage, kids, feminism, politics floating around here.**

I have, beyond my wildest intentions, achieved my objective. I’ve amassed a body of work. It’s a body which sometimes resembles Frankenstein’s monster, stitched together higgeldy-piggeldy, but it’s my monster. Some of it has even been pretty damn popular.

Nine Expats You’ll Meet Abroad has been viewed about 75K times
Four Expats and a Funeral, approximately 30K times
The Revolution will be Uterized a little over 20K times

Plenty of others have been viewed (and hopefully read) between five and ten thousand times. Not bad for a middle-aged woman sitting behind a desk who doesn’t like to shill her stuff too much.

Some posts have been singled out by the powers-that-be at WordPress over the years. When Freshly Pressed was still a thing, three of my posts were chosen by editors.

Ladies Who Lunch
The Elephant in the Room, and
Love Poems are a Dime a Dozen

Since then WordPress has switched over to their Discover feature and the blog’s been singled out twice:

A Proportional Response, and
Sorry I’ve Been a Shitty Friend: A Multiple Choice Letter

WordPress claims it has 75 million blogs.
Not bad.
Not bad at all.

After five years and 500 posts, I’m still none the wiser. I can never tell which posts will resonate. There have been some I’ve loved that have sunk faster than a stone, like If You Told Me I’d Be Quoting Kenny Rogers and the more recent The War on Christmas. There have been others, personal favorites, like What It Feels Like For a Girl or Nine Expats You’ll Meet in a Galaxy Far Far Away or which, for whatever reason, haven’t done as well as I would have thought.

I’ve done poetic, I’ve done heart-felt, I’ve done satire. I’ve done funny, serious, sad. I’ve done marriage, parenting, siblings, sex, politics, women, men, rage, writing, feminism, race, history, movies, obituaries. There aren’t too many questions I see posed these days where I feel I don’t have a blog post which addresses or answers it. There are times I don’t even comment anymore, but just leave a link to an old blog post. Those posts usually capture my feelings about any given subject with more nuance than I can manage in a comment box or a 140 character tweet.

I’ve had a multitude of pieces run on other sites like Bust Magazine and Scary Mommy…(really, there have been too many to list here, but hey, there’s this: Publications)

Basically, I’ve done what I set out to do. Actually, I’ve probably tripled what I set out to do. And I’ve done it all on my own terms, organically, without advertising, or following just for follow backs. I have a limited amount of time on this mortal coil. If I follow your blog, it’s because I like what you have to say. If I interact with you, it means it’s because I appreciate you. If you’ve reached out to me and I haven’t gotten back, it means it’s gotten lost in the shuffle of a middle-aged mind.

I’m pretty proud of this body of work, the heart that’s gone into most of it, the calloused fingers, the numb ass.

So here we are:
5 years.
500 posts.
400,000 words.

What the hell do I do now???

All suggestions welcome.


**Fwiw, this isn’t including the number of words in the actual novel I wrote. Or the one I’m writing now. Or the even higher number of words edited out.

I suppose then if, upon my headstone, it read: Here Lies Dina, She Was Rarely At a Loss For Words, I’d be just fine with that.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. janmalique says:

    Congratulations! Celebrate, laugh, people watch. Enjoy being alive.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ray V. says:

    Congratulations on the milestone from the right side of your fanbase.

    So, it only took 500 posts for you to use a variation of the word “conservative”? (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

    As long as it stays fun, keep doing it.


  3. RupLB says:

    Create a compendium of ‘short stories’ from similarly themed blogs and get them published. Many of them are worthy of it and you deserve that.

    Tillykke og held og lykke.


  4. Donnalee says:

    Some of these sound worth my going back and looking them up since they probably happened before I was following this blog. Thanks for the tips.


  5. stephen hall says:

    Congratulations and extremely well done Dina… Love it!!… X Stephen Hall 55 Bethune Street, Suite C320 New York, NY 10014 646-963-3306

    From: Wine and Cheese (Doodles) To: Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:55 AM Subject: [New post] Here Lies Dina, She Was Rarely At a Loss for Words #yiv8175372260 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8175372260 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8175372260 a.yiv8175372260primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8175372260 a.yiv8175372260primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8175372260 a.yiv8175372260primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8175372260 a.yiv8175372260primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8175372260 | Dina Honour posted: “So there it was, at the top of my stats page, the number of posts which have appeared on Wine and Cheese (Doodles). The last one, about my son’s extreme origami frustration was number 499.Which makes this one…500.That’s a lot of posts. Like, serious” | |


  6. aviets says:

    At the risk of sounding sappy, just keep being you.
    I’m with you in wondering why some posts just seem to resonate with people. I’m no longer a compulsive stats checker, but when I do check I find that a kind of throw-away post I did long ago about brown camis, of all things, is viewed by someone, somewhere, pretty much every day. So weird!


  7. The words we write, are like breaths we take – an affirmation that we are alive, the inhale of observations and experiences, the outhale of pondered thoughts, opinions, feelings of various pungency, and when it is appropriate, a primal scream or two.

    Sometimes the breath needs a little mouth freshner. And other times it goes out and flies into the sky as a swallow painting its grace upon the effervescent light. In the hands of a skilled master, those words skip and spin around, flit and slide, gliding through the protective grills of our perception. Words that make us stop and say “Wait. What???”

    Thank you for being one such writer.


    1. Dina Honour says:

      Holy moly, Paul, that made me well up. No easy feat these days for these aging bones.

      Thank you so much for YOUR words.

      Liked by 1 person

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