The word is out. A year has ended and another one begun, so it’s fitting for me to review how my blog did in its first year. Yes, 2010 was the year I jumped into the world of blogging. I got the idea from my friend Leah, when I read her blog, Leah’s Thoughts. And I said to myself, hey, I can do that! So I did.
Nervously and tenuously, at first. But, I have to say, I’m LOVING it. Plus, along the way, I’ve (virtually) met some amazing fellow bloggers, like Mikalee, who’s thriving as she deals with her divorce issues. (Read her Dear John post. It’s cathartic, if you ask me.) I’ve also enjoyed catching up with Cappy’s blog. She’s a young blogger who has a fun, amazing perspective on life. (Read her post on what life would be like living inside a Costco. Very interesting…)
And, sure, blogging is an investment of TIME (big time!) and heaven’s knows, I’m not getting paid to blog (Sigh, I wish!). Plus, I’ve had to give up watching some of my favorite shows to maintain my goal of posting at least twice a week. Those that know me, know this is a MAJOR sacrifice. I’m even thinking of giving up Netflix because getting one movie a week feels like too much of a commitment. I’ve had to return movies unwatched, for fear Netflix would think I was keeping the movies too long. Yikes, I’m not good with such pressure.
Anyway, the good folks at WordPress.com have done an analysis of my blog’s first year. Technically, you should know that it hasn’t been a full year. My blog only has been in existence for five months, as my first post was in August. Since then, two of my posts (On Notice and The “Fake” Family Tree) were “Freshly Pressed” which means WordPress.com thought enough of them to post them on their homepage.
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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 42 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 55 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was September 20th with 1,610 views. The most popular post that day was On Notice.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, en.wordpress.com, and mikaleebyerman.wordpress.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for boardwalk empire set, robert redford young, monicas tangled web, boardwalk empire, and monica’s tangled web.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
On Notice September 2010
60 comments and 16 Likes on WordPress.com
The “Fake” Family Tree October 2010
113 comments and 63 Likes on WordPress.com
About Me August 2010
Over 90 and Loving it! October 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,
My Boardwalk Empire September 2010
So, all in all, it’s been grand, thanks to you, my readers. I’m enjoying the ride, and hope you are too. I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings. As always, I value your input. Keep reading and, please, keep commenting. And if you haven’t done so already, subscribe—so you shouldn’t miss anything!
Thanks for posting a link to me! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and reading your blogs 🙂 Best of luck in the new year!
You, too, Cappy! Can’t wait to see what you’ll write about next, and I do hope you get a chance to read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” It’s my all-time favorite and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Happy Trails, to you!
Well of course I like this … actually, I love love LOVE this! I’m so glad to see you’re doing so well, and I’m also gratified to see lots of my readers are venturing your way as well. Awesome.
Thank you kindly for the shout-out too, Monica! I am beyond flattered. It’s amazing to share the experience as a new blogger with fellow passionate writers out there.
May 2011 bring you continued success, lots of traffic and perhaps even more Freshly Pressed(s). 😉
Well, thank you, for bring so many readers my way! I so appreciate the help of my fellow bloggers! 🙂