BYE BYE 2013 – THANKS TO ALL MY FRIENDS!

As we approach the final days of 2013, I looked at the numbers for 2012 and 2013. It’s hardly a fair comparison. I only started blogging in February of 2012 and didn’t get serious about it until late summer. Moreover, November of 2012 was an amazing month for bloggers. Between Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election, the Internet was firing on all cylinders. Almost everyone was involved to some degree. I got my highest ever numbers that month. I’ll probably never get higher numbers, unless we have another set of overlapping events that rivets national attention on the media.

Overall, this has been a good year. Not a vast number of visitors each day, but faithful followers who really read, look and share. I know there are more out there who read the emails and don’t visit my home planet and others who use the Reader and thus don’t register in the statistics (why is that? Anyone know?) … but regardless, I’m satisfied. As Mercutio said “Tis enough. T’will serve.”

STATS 2012-2013

December isn’t finished yet, but it will be no better than the low-end of average. The holidays were slow on balance, at least for me. I wrote less too as I got busy with other things. ย I’m beginning to cut down on the number of items I post each day. Not only can I not keep up that pace, but I was beginning to feel like a spammer. Time to ease back on the throttle.

I got 77,000+ hits this year and long since passed 100,000 total hits. When that happened, my internal pressure dropped. I had made my point, at least to myself. I had an audience. When I passed 1000 followers — and the number keeps growing to my amazement — I felt I’d arrived pretty much where I wanted to be. I have readers, people who regularly visit and like my work.

I’m better, too. Practice and all that, my photography and writing have improved. Writing is tighter, crisper, more to the point. And shorter, which makes it less daunting to write and read. I have a couple of co-editors — Rich Paschall and my husband Garry — to help carry this site forward and give it some variety and texture. Ideas and stories from someone who isn’t me. I’m hoping to find one more steady contributor, but I can take my time. To quote Michael Valentine Smith, “Waiting is.”

I never did have a specific point to make. I didn’t start blogging for some special reason or in support of a particular cause or viewpoint. I don’t think I could stick to one thing and do it every day. I’d get bored. I can’t even decorate a room in one consistent style. I once thought to satisfy my eclectic artistic sense, I would need a huge house or castle. I’d have to decorate each room in a different motif. Then it would be like The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. You could walk through the house and each room would represent an historical period with appropriate furnishings, architecture, art and artifacts. Wouldn’t that be awesome? It’s a nice thought, yes?

When I get down to reality, not merely do I not have that kind of money, but who would clean that museum? The dusting alone would require a small army. Nope. Just have to keep life smaller.

Thank you all for coming to read my stuff, look at my pictures. Your comments, feedback, votes of confidence have meant the world to me. You fuel me with ideas and it’s often in responding to your comments I know what I want to say. Without you, it would be a dull and disconnected life.



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  1. “Use the Reader and thus donโ€™t register in the statistics.” I did not know that. The Reader has saved time but maybe not a good idea after all. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • I don’t know why it doesn’t register in the stats, but that is how come you can have more “likes” than “hits.” The Reader. Maybe it’s a technical issue?

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  2. Congratulations and thank you.
    I had a wonderful time in here because of you. I’ve laughed, cried and I learned.
    Bring on 2014, it’ ll be awesome.

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  3. It was quite a year.
    Thank You.

    FORWARD HO !

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  4. 2013?? The Red Sox won it all. All’s right in our universe!!

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  5. GREAT JOB!!!

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  6. A lot of hard work certainly, kudos and hope you have a great year ahead!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Ah! lovely post, Marilyn. Your statistics are great – and I love visiting your site. I hope 2014 is even better in all the ways that really matter. xxx

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    • I’m sort of surprised when I look at them. I knew, but I didn’t really think much about it. They were numbers, but not real. Then I thought some more and realized “Hey, pretty good. No FP but apparently a few people think I’m okay. And look how many new friends I’ve made!” Friends are really the gift of the year … you up there at the top of the list!

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  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful year! Here’s to more wonder in 2014!

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  9. Impressive stats. No doubt you’ll do even better in 2014. Congratulations and Happy New Year!

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  10. Keep on truckin’ in 2014

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