Good intentions

I meant to write a little something on stats when my followers passed the 2000 mark and certainly when the number of posts exceeded 2000. I meant to, but I forgot. There’s been a lot of stuff going on lately. So much so that by Tuesday of this week, I thought it was Friday. Busy, busy, busy. 72-stats-stats My best month ever was November 2012 with a total of 12,067 views. Between hurricane Sandy and the presidential election, the Internet was a very exciting place. The most hits I’ve ever gotten on a single post was The FBI can’t do a simple Google search? on which I got 10,143 hits. I wrote it during the commercial break.

The posts in second through fifth place in my best-ever list are an old Internet joke and three re-blogs.

I have personally answered nearly all 20,000+ comments. If I didn’t answer yours, it was because I missed it (it happens occasionally) or I ran out of levels to continue the conversation. I am a compulsive comment answerer.

What’s the Secret?

After a lot of careful consideration, the secret to success — such as it is — is to write a lot of stuff people want to read. And publish good photographs. With a few notable exceptions, hits on my pictures exceed hits on my writing.

Size matters. No matter what anyone says, if you post more good stuff, whether you write it yourself, reblog it, have guest bloggers or share the spotlight other writers and/or artists, publishing more gets more hits. There’s a direct correlation between the number of posts and bigger hit counts.

What does it all mean?

I don’t know. I stopped obsessing over statistics. These days, I take a look when I think of it. I like to see how my best work does in “the ratings.” Sometimes stuff I like best does well and I’m pleased.

If a good post (in my opinion) gets overlooked, I scheduled it to for republication. I re-post photos, rework writing. I rerun favorite posts, but I will republish anything. I don’t reblog because I don’t like the way it looks and most people don’t like having to jump link to read the rest of the story.

None of us needs to apologize or explain why we republish our own work. If NBC can do it, so can Serendipity. And so can you.

With more than 2000 published posts, it’s too much material to not reuse at least some of it. There are, of course, posts I’d just as soon forget I ever wrote in the first place — a subject for another day.

Often, an under-appreciated post finds its audience the second or third time around. If you’re prolific, you can be sure not all your readers read every post the first time it was published. And if they did? Well I watch reruns of NCIS often enough to do dialogue with them. Reruns make the world go round.

The most important thing to come out of my blogging experience?

Friends. So many of you have become my friends. You are loyal, caring and I love you. You have been kind, supportive, encouraging … all the things that friends are supposed to be. I cannot begin to thank you. So … thank you. All of you. You make my world a better place every single day.

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27 replies

  1. Congratulations! Sounds like you’re having a great run.

    Even if a comment conversation runs out of “reply” buttons, you can always click Reply in the email notification. That will open a reply box even if the option isn’t there for everyone else.


    • Thanks and thanks. You know, for some reason, my email notifications no longer have either a comment or like option. They used to, but now they don’t. I have to see what’s happened to my preferences. Something changed. I forgot about just clicking “reply” in the email. Thanks for the reminder 🙂


  2. I felt like I was caught with my hands in the cookie jar and you walked in and gave me more cookies! Thank you for sharing your collective wisdom. In between pulling out my hair (I should at least aim for the grey ones but I yank blindly), threatening to throw my laptop through the window and annoying my family with my technical illiteracy, I’m bloggering through. You have a beautiful blog and your eye is focused and tasteful. It’s easy to see why you have acquired a grand following. Kudos and congrats. And thanks again so very much for sharing…
    newbie blogger hoping for followers in the distant future. Your advice helps.


    • It is trial and error for most of us. I knew nothing when I started. Each thing I tried, I had to look up how to do it, but WordPress has good instructions in their forums. Some things works, some things didn’t. Some things I discovered by accident. You have to be willing to make mistakes, but if you can muster up the courage to try and know they may not work out, you eventually wind up knowing a lot more than you thought you ever could and your blog will look better than you imagined possible. I’m still not technically sophisticated, but at least I know what NOT to do 🙂 As long as you don’t panic when things go wrong, you’ll find your way. I’m going into the hospital next Thursday and won’t be out for a while. Check back with me in about a month … I should be human by then!


      • Marilyn,
        Thank you for your encouraging words. Thoughts of my teens witnessing their mother act like a lunatic keeps me from throwing my technology against a good hard wall.
        I hope whatever you’re going to the hospital for isn’t too serious. I wish you a speedy recovery and good health. Warmest wishes until your safe return.


  3. These are great tips! As I am only a little more than half-way through my first year of blogging, I must remember for the future, that reruns are good. Thanks Marilyn!


  4. Ah, lovely one, Marilyn. Congratulations on your brilliant stats, and thank you for the helpful hints – very useful;. xxx


    • Reruns … not done as reblogs, but just take the old (same) post and change the date to now. It will repost as if it were new. If you publicize, you’ll have to send it to google, facebook, twitter … whatever you use manually. But it won’t have that annoying jump link and it will look like a normal post. Easy peasy. And great for those not-so-great days when you want to post something but aren’t feeling at your tip-top best. I have a lot of those days in my future. Very near future. You can also schedule these posts for days you KNOW you won’t be able to post — like out of town, working, or any other known event on your schedule.


      • Great idea – thanks. I have hundreds of the things lurking in the wardrobe, as it were, and many of them could do with either a damn good airing – or a cull! I shall have a gander tomorrow! xxx


        • You are prolific … and that means a lot of your posts are not read by everyone, so you’ll be surprised I think at how many people haven’t actually seen things you’ve run before. Or like it better the second time 🙂 I love reruns. Watch them all the time. I reread books too. So really, why not?


  5. You’ve helped me too. It is always interesting to read what you say.


  6. Thanks for sharing. Some good tips here.


  7. It’s wonderful to hear how you grew your blog – I’m just starting out and having an absolute hoot with the whole process but at some point I’m going to have to look at the mechanics of making it work on a larger scale.

    Congrats on your success.


  8. Friends make it all worthwhile. Congratulations on the milestones!


  9. I can’t recall what you wrote that first week I found you but I kept coming back each day and you unknowingly helped me through one of the roughest weeks of my adult life.
    Is that a run on sentence?
    So you have become like a gift I give to myself.
    So thanks go to you.


  10. You’re an inspiration, Marilyn.


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