Thursday, March 1, 2012

Welcome Visitors! So...Who Are You?

     This month, March 2012, is the one year anniversary of my blog. Which seems amazing to me, probably because it started out as an experiment and grew from there. From March through September, 2011, I posted an average of less than twice a month. In October 2011, when I decided this would be a worthwhile endeavour, I set a schedule and have since posted twice weekly on a regular basis, averaging 8-10 posts a month.
     When I first started my blog I wasn't sure about it at all - or about myself, in regard to blogging. I agonized over the first three posts last March. I had already determined that I wanted all my posts to be well-written and insightful. Insightful is kind of ambitious, but there's nothing wrong with aiming high. My anxiety over the first few posts was ridiculous, utterly, because no one was going to read them: I hadn't told a single person that I had a blog.
     When I eventually decided that my posts were acceptable, I told three of my writer friends and two family members. I immediately had five faithful followers. Now, one year later, I have the same five faithful followers. Which is fine with me. But this creates a fascinating puzzle for me.
     A couple of weeks ago (have I mentioned often that I am as computer challenged as anyone?) I learned about "stats", where you can check the number of page views your blog has had. The results were astounding. In April, 2011, when I had made one post (and three posts in March) I had 2 page views. No posts or views in May; June: 3 posts/10 views, July: 5 posts/15 views and so on. In September 2011, I was astonished to see that I had 39 page views. Since October 2011, the number of views per month has ranged from 52-92, averaging 74 per month. (Ouch, all these numbers! Even simple math is painful to me.)
     Since I have no more than five people I know who occasionally read my blog, even if all five read every post, that accounts for 45 page views and leaves me with a question: Who are you people?
     Another confession: I just this week learned about labels, which I'm told helps people who google subjects I might have posted about to be directed to my blog. I haven't tried that yet, which leaves me with another question: How did you find your way here?
     I am delighted to that you are here. I hope you find something encouraging, inspirational and/or informative in my posts, and hope you will visit again. I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment, so I can get to know a little bit about you and perhaps learn something new that you have to share.

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