How It Feels To Become a Millionaire

Today is one of the happiest days of my life.  I got out of bed this morning and dashed to my home office and checked my computer screen.  I knew there was something special waiting for me.  Very special indeed.  Today Lingua Franca reached the landmark of 1,000,088 page views.  This remarkable task was accomplished in five years and eleven days to be exact.  I’m feeling so happy, I’m jumping out of my skin.  Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), in the film Wall Street, replied to the receptionist at work while he was coming in one morning this way:

“How are you today, Bud?”

I’m feeling fine, if I felt any better it would be a sin!”

After blogging for about eight years, I finally reached the Finish Line and entered into the one million page hits territory.  It’s difficult to describe what this means to me for several reasons.  First, I’m not a writer.  Second, I’m not a photographer.  And third, I’m not a native English-speaking person.  However, with all these limitations. I became a millionaire.  I’m absolutely feeling over the moon today, January 11, 2013.

Never did I ever dream that a country boy from a banana plantation in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, would start a blog in English and reach out and touch thousands and thousands of people around the world and accumulating one million page hits in the process.


There are several names I would like to acknowledge who helped me make this dream come true. Don Ray, the author of Chiriqui Chatter in David, gave me the idea of opening a blogging account and write about events that happened  in Panama City.  His blog posts were full of useful information, and his photographs of David added pizazz to his work.   After reading his blog, I knew I had a task to carry out.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio also contributed considerably to my work.  He impressed me with gorgeous photographs of animals and flowers taken in his backyard.  His pictures were so well taken, that it induced me to buy a camera and learn how to take pictures and insert them in my blog.  That’s how I got involved in photography.  Abe is a consummate and professional photographer and a dedicated blogger as well.

Linda, Jim and Nena, Hilda, Richard, Marjorie and Jaime encouraged me to keep on going with their continued comments.  I appreciate their dedicating part of their valuable time reading and commenting on Lingua Franca.  And last but certainly not least, I am grateful to the thousands and thousands of people around the world who have read Lingua Franca for over five years.  I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement and support.  Reaching this goal was only possible because of you.


 According to the elves of WordPress, Lingua Franca is mostly read from citizens of the following countries since February 25, 2012; (Figures are expressed in Page Views)

  1. United States:  110,480
  2. Panama:  19,444
  3. United Kingdom:  17,605
  4. Canada:  12,435
  5. India:  9,287
  6. Australia:  7,332
  7. Philippines:  5,143
  8. Germany:  2,566
  9. Malaysia:  2,036
  10. Brazil:  1,974

As you can see, the leading page hits originated from countries of the American Continent (40 percent), Europe (20 percent) and Asia (40 percent).

Lingua Franca was read in almost every country in the world with the exception of eight countries in Africa and two countries in Asia.  With these exception, the whole globe was covered by the blog.  Kindly click here to view the countries covered by Lingua Franca.  It’s impressive how far a blog can reach out using today’s technology.


Below are the Lingua Franca’s page views provided by WordPress for the last five years:

  1. 2008:  67,131
  2. 2009:  193,340
  3. 2010:  245,319
  4. 2011:  218,395
  5. 2012:  268,154

The average page hit per day in 2012 was 733, which in my opinion, is amazing.

Yep, today is one of the happiest days in my life.  I feel like a million bucks thanks to you my dear readers.  All of this was accomplished because you made it happen by taking the time to read Lingua Franca.  I am most grateful for your support.  What else can I say?  I’m still in a state of shock.

Today I’ll take it easy and assimilate the news together with my wife.  I feel as if I’m walking on water.  Thank you so much and Good Day.

Suggested Reading:  Lingua Franca’s Annual Report 2012


20 thoughts on “How It Feels To Become a Millionaire”

  1. Let me be the first to congratulate you, Omar. One reason you hit the million mark is because of your content. Keep it up.

  2. Morning Richard:

    I can’t even begin to explain how happy I feel today. It really means a lot to me for all the reasons expressed in my post today. Wow! I can’t believe it!

    Thank you Richard for all your friendship and support.

    Warm Regards,


  3. I’ve been keeping a casual eye on your totals, but missed that you were so close. There’s nothing to say but “Congratulations!” If your blog weren’t so interesting, you’d not have so many readers! I’m looking forward to sticking with you through the next million and beyond!

  4. Morning Linda:

    As you know, you top the list of commentators of Linda Franca. Reading your polished English has enhanced my curiosity to learn the language. So much to learn, so little time.

    Thank you for your congratulations.

    Warm Regards,


  5. Dear Omar,

    I haven’t been commenting recently due to very personal reasons that led me to a self-imposed moratorium. However, as soon as I read this special post, I’ve decided to make an exception.

    After noticing the million mark you reached the first time I opened your blog this morning, I thought “Wow, Omar, that’s really cool!”
    You definitely deserve the success you’ve been getting here at WP. You’ve put in a lot of thought, work and love for “Lingua Franca.” – the main reason you’ve managed to hook a great number of followers, including me.
    I can’t understand why you have to say you aren’t a writer, a photographer, and a native English speaker when in fact, you do so well in all those areas.

    Congratulations! Please get used to your success. There’s more to come for a special blogger that you are.

    Sincerely, Marjorie

  6. Morning Marj:

    Thank you for all your encouraging words. I sincerely hope you break your sel-imposed moratorium. I enjoy your comments and your blog posts as well. In my humble opinion, you have what it takes to write thought-provoking articles.

    Please come back to us. 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of the day,


  7. Congratulations, Omar!
    I don’t think the readers deserve any of the credit for your success, YOU are the reason we are here. The window you provide into our lovely Panama is why we keep returning every day. Keep doing what you are doing and we will see you at the next million mark.
    jim and nena
    fort worth, tx

  8. Omar,

    What a great news! Congratulations for your devoted work that I do appreciate a lot though I cannot visit LF as frequently as before. Thanks for your shots, posts and especially for your commitment to promote family values.

    A big hug for you and your wife,


  9. Omar:

    No puedo quedarme atrás. Felicitaciones for el éxito de su blog! Las gracias se las tengo que dar yo a usted por poner en el Internet un blog inteligente, con tantos y variados temas de Panamá y del mundo. Como dijo el primer comentario, es el contenido de su blog los que nos mantienen regresando a leerlo dia a dia.


  10. Hi Dina:

    Thank you for your positive comment. I just visited your blog and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Your blog post about the famous house of well-known American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright is awesome. Your photographs and narrative was very pleasant to read and view.

    Your architectural background was most helpful in your article. Thank you for sharing the sheer beauty of this architectural creation of Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Will be back for more of your posts. They’re wonderful; like a breath of fresh air.



  11. I remember when you first began blogging and the struggle you had with your writing English abilities. I no longer remember the details but I remember it worried you, but I think your wife encouraged you a lot as I remember. I tried my best to prod you forward and along the way I also prodded a lot of other people.

    Patty, my wife of 57 years, and I have been blogging from the beginning and then came to Blogger. Actually, over the years I discovered that my blogging suffers from never being able to find the perfect meld between words and pictures.

    I feel some obligation to use pictures because I have been taking photos since 1953 and have a lot of them and some are outstanding and others are just like snapshots. I have been writing for ages and doubted myself ever since my high school English teacher said in front of the class; and after I had just read an essary I wrote in my sophomore year: “Abe will never be a writer!” And everyone laughed. That was the spark that set me apart or off with a bang. I have been writing ever since.

    I literally have dozens of wire bound student notebooks filled with writing. Whatever was on my mind ended up on pages. I can open one from the 1970s and read page after page about my concern with our environment and how we are abusing it. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for mentioning me and I wanted to congratulate you on your million mark. My regards to the lady of the house.

  12. Hello Abe:

    Today nobody can deny your writing and your photographic skills, plus many other gifts you have demonstrated over the years.

    You and Don Ray have been my blogging heroes since I started this thing called blogging.

    Thank you for your comments and taking the time to remember us. I know you have a zillion things to do.

    God Bless,


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