2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 431 posts. There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 692kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 139 views. The most popular post that day was Why We Don’t Get Better Immediately: Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).


Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digital-dharma.net, gettingpastyourpast.wordpress.com, guineveregetssober.com, sunrisedetox.com, and deanesmay.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for post acute withdrawal syndrome, committing an alcoholic, post acute withdrawal symptoms, post acute withdrawal, and can you commit an alcoholic.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Why We Don’t Get Better Immediately: Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) May 2008


Q&A December 2008


Can you commit an alcoholic or other drug addict? July 2009


Articles May 2008
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If you get drunk once a week, are you an alcoholic? August 2009
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Free Sobriety Counter For Your Sidebar

Ryan, at rehab-programs.org, asked me to review and perhaps recommend their line of free sobriety counters.  They’re pretty cool.  If you’ve been looking for a counter for your blog sidebar (and if your blog platform allows javascript), you might want to take a look at what they offer.

I’d post one, but my platform doesn’t allow javascript. Here’s a link:


Why I Haven’t Been Posting Much Lately

Both of my faithful readers will by now have noticed that I’m not posting very regularly on this site. It’s not though lack of interest, and I didn’t relapse (in fact, I just celebrated my 21st sober anniversary on 9/14/10).

Thing is, I’ve taken a part-time job writing for a recovery site, and I don’t have time to maintain both blogs. Since the other (paid) job covers the same territory, and since I have the potential to reach more people, it was a no-brainer. I’ll continue to post here from time to time, but it will be irregular at best.

I invite you all to subscribe to my posts at the Sunrise Detox Blog.   (Click the thingy at the bottom left of the page.) Thanks for visiting WhatMeSober.Com, and thanks for your interest.

Keep on keepin’ on,


My dad’s an alcoholic and he won’t stop drinking

My father is a 60-year-old “functioning” alcoholic — whatever that means. My parents own a business together and he goes to work every day, comes home and makes a lot of money. None of us in my immediate family realized he was an alcoholic until about eight years ago when he had to go to the emergency room for acute pancreatitis. It was horrible; he was in a sort of coma, going through DT’s, and he nearly died. The doctor told us that he was an alcoholic and that he had to quit drinking. Looking back, I can’t believe we were all so blind to what was actually happening. I always thought he drank too much, but it never really occurred to me that he wouldn’t be able to stop. …