On January 12, 2012 I created my first blog entry. I didn’t know what to write about and I floundered for quite awhile before hitting my stride. After finishing the short piece I was nearly sick when I clicked the “Publish” button and threw my words out into the world. I wondered if it might end up being a world of two, or would a few more people be interested?
A few more people as it turns out, and at this moment, January 1, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. 7,099 people have viewed this blog. Wow.
Today I received an email telling me that the “Stats Helper Monkeys” at WordPress “have been busy putting together a personalized report detailing how your blog did in 2012!” I’d like to share part of the email with you.
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- 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.
- In 2012, there were 67 new posts, not bad for the first year!
- The busiest day of the year was April 24th with 123 views. The most popular post that day was Holding Hands Across the King-size Bed..
This blog was viewed by people from 74 countries around the world. The top views were from Canada and the U.S., followed by the United Kingdom. Here’s a look at a few of them:
In addition, I found some of the Google statistics interesting. Top Google searches that landed people on this blog were:
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While 7,000 views in a year might be small potatoes for some bloggers, it is beyond anything I ever imagined. I have no explanation for this, only that it happened.
But now that it’s happened, what next?
The past year has been busy for me in a entirely different way than usual. My writing time, space, and quiet was compromised for the entire year and rather than buck the circumstances I decided to change my routine to accommodate them. Now life is returning to normal and I’ll have more time to spend on serious writing. I know of short story contests to enter, and I have a second book I’d like to get out of my system. There are classes I could take and a whole lot of research and background work I’ll need to do.
Will there be time for a blog? I don’t think so. At least not a regular one.
I wish I could thank every single person who took the time to read a post or two, because that’s what made this experimental year feel like such a success. If you’re reading this now, (and you obviously are) please accept my humblest thanks. I hope you’ve enjoyed the words I’ve shared this year.
Now I’m rambling … I’m tearing up … I think I should probably just sign off.
Thank you, thank you. 7,099. Wow. Thank you!