I remembered joining WordPress’ Blogging 101 early this year on a whim and I did not regret it one single bit. It opened me to a whole new “blogosphere” universe, learned a lot of techie blog stuff, met tons of awesome bloggers (yes, YOU know who you are!!!), got inspired some more and improved my blogging skills. I realized I am not alone after all!
And then came Blogging 102 and then Photography 101… which all helped me be the blogger I am today. Not that I am internet famous, haha, far from it, but looking back at when I wrote my very first post inspired by our Iceland trip and because a friend kept on egging me to start writing a blog, I have definitely come a looong way!
The year end brings about a lot of retrospection and introspection for most of us. Whether we like it or not, whether we try to avoid and hide all the painful memories, they are there and are a part of who we are today.
Though blogging is sometimes merely just a pastime for some, for others it is their lives, an extension of themselves, their livelihood. So we also have had some major downs in our blog life as well. My blog has seen lots of ups and downs, but mostly for its tremendous growth, I would have to thank the WordPress community for that. A rise in stats when I publish a post, lots of likes and comments make for me a happy blogger. Be honest, you want your work to be appreciated and positive feedback is even better. Interacting with your readers and fellow bloggers I look forward to the most. Granting you write for yourself first and foremost but unless you intend for your blog to be a personal and private journal then why publish online in the first place. On hindsight, we all blog for different reasons anyway.
I also realized I have to make a few changes to my blog, possibly change my header (new look!) and tweak out something here and there. The biggest change however would have to be removing the “Music” category. Didn’t get a lot of hits out of that one. This blog has never been about music in the first place, I just added that there before because certain songs reminded me of the state of mind I was in. I am no longer THERE as I have moved on so to keep up with the New Year, I need a fresh new look. As for when I will do that, hmm…. it’ll happen soon.
It also amazes me looking at my stats again that people from different parts of the world have visited my blog. I did a quick scan of the countries and three of them stood out: Guernsey, Isle of Man and Uzbekistan. First of all, I have never heard of Guernsey in my life before (have you?) so I googled it and turns out, it is an island of the British crown dependency located in the English Channel. Very interesting.
A warm hello to the reader from Guernsey!!!
Here’s where it gets more interesting. Isle of Man I have sorta heard of it but never knew where it was so I googled again. It is another island of the British crown dependency in between Ireland and England. Do you think this is the same person from Guernsey?
Another cheerful hello to the reader from Isle of Man!!!
And lastly, Uzbekistan. Any country ending in “stan” I figured comes from the former Soviet Republic. But really, somebody from Uzbekistan bothered to read my blog? Maybe not read read, but came across by accident or skimmed through probably researching for something. Still, I am utterly in awe.
A sunshiny hello from Florida to the reader from Uzbekistan!!!
The world has gotten smaller indeed.
Meanwhile, if you are still reading this very long post, and you have nothing else to do, from the Stats section, I have compiled my ten most visited posts since I first started blogging.
- About Me (Home) page
- My 12 Hours as a Night Shift Nurse
- Who is That Traveling Nurse (same as the About Me page)
- Why I Fell in Love with the Dominican Treehouse Village
- A Haiku on Symmetry
- We Cry Sometimes Too
- Rural Road Trippin’: Tabuelan, Philippines
- A Haiku on Scale
- A Haiku on Depth
- The Versatile Blogger Award
Happy Blogging and a HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!