HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!
Yes, I have returned to the Blogosphere. Please, don’t everybody applaud at once. 😉
Seems I lost my blogging mojo awhile back (last September!), but that creative urge has now returned.
What’s been going on in the meantime? Well…..
A few years ago, I wrote a short memoir (approx. 4600 words), about my year in a Swiss boarding school. It received many favourable comments and people suggested I should publish it. Last fall seemed like a good time, but of course it needed editing. My perfectionist self still isn’t happy with it and I won’t submit anything sub par. The other hurdle was, I knew absolutely nothing about the mechanics of self-publishing, so embarked on an intensive quest to learn all I could in the shortest time possible. As usual, I went a little crazy and completely overwhelmed myself, so a step back and a deep breath is what’s needed at this point. 😛
Same thing happened when I first attempted the switch to a self-hosted website. Fortunately, everything fell nicely into place a few months later, and, here we are! The book will happen, but I’m not going to stress over when. Those days of worrying about deadlines are long over. Good or bad, I’ve evolved into an impulsive, “do what you like, when you like” sort of person. Hubby, the offline dog business (which has become more active lately) and life in general often interfere with the best intentions, along with my penchant for procrastination. I did the fun part and designed a cover though! 😀 I know, I know – get back to editing!!! (I can hear you, Corinne Rodrigues! 😉 )
Changing the subject now, it’s always interesting to read the year-end site reports issued by WordPress.com and Jetpack for WordPress.org. The Den fared well, considering it was only active for the first 9 months.
This is exactly the same number of views as 2013. Not bad, considering the site has been on hiatus since September! Using the “Revive Old Post” plug-in (for self-hosted WordPress) keeps your previously published material in the public eye. Check it out HERE.
I had NO idea that Stumbleupon would be the top referrer! While it does increase viewership, it’s been said that it also inflates bounce rate, which would explain why mine is higher than it should be. Time to get rid of that share option, methinks. (Should have heeded that warning when it was first mentioned on Inspire to Thrive!)
This proves the point about Stumbleupon. The number one post gets the most views from there (2815 to date), but the least interaction – only 8 comments! Nice to see that some other posts have longevity with decent engagement.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who takes the time to leave comments. ♥
These are like gold and give bloggers the incentive to create more great content.
Check out these fabulous bloggers mentioned above:
Carol Sammy Michele Nabanita Laurel
Short list; needs to be expanded! Thanks also to these frequent commenters:
Mike Corina Harleena Bren Cathy Kathy Paul Lisa Rajlakshmi
Also to Adrienne Smith for her invaluable insights, particularly in regard to building online relationships.
Last but NOT least, HEARTFELT THANKS and virtual ((HUGS)) to my non-blogging friends,
for your continued interest in these rampant ramblings.
You know who you are: Bianca, Gina, Glenda, Jody, Joseph, Joy, Larry, Linda, Lisa, Mike, Vickie…et al
It feels good to be back! Did you miss me?
Looking forward to your comments.