Happy May Day one and all. Did you gather flowers and make baskets to put at doors in your neighborhood?
We used to make woven baskets at school and fill them with dandelions on the way home for our mothers. The trick was to place the basket at the front door, ring the doorbell and then run and hide in a place where you could peak at her finding the treasure of blooms. My mom was fairly subdued but Mrs. Sharp and Mrs. Knox were excited and happy to find them.
One year ago on May Day, I started my blog. It was as exciting as finding a basket of flowers on my porch. I was writing to my heart’s content and taking baby steps in learning how. I read all the blogs that explained how to do it and was pleased to find Blogging Without a Blog early on – what a school of learning. From there I learned how to connect and read / comment on other blogs.
I baked a Gluten Free Carrot cake to celebrate and because it was May Day – we partied on down and got our toe nails painted to match the season.
Cath Lawson led me to a tutorial on StumbleUpon which has been so helpful.
I am truly indebted to my IT person, because no matter how much I learn, I still feel way far behind. I truly could not do this blog work without her and I am grateful she wishes to help me. My help desk extraordinaire.
About July, I began to feel like I needed a better plan not to mention putting my hopes and wishes down on paper, at least as a point of reference. When I look at my plan today, I can only laugh out loud about what I thought I could accomplish.
I was very proud when I reached 100 posts in August of 2008 and then figured out I could cut back to posting just three times a week and work on getting ahead on my writing; attempting to learn more IT items too.
I have no idea how many subscribers I have! It is true. I cannot find the part of the dashboard that lets me know. My last analytics report said that 496 people had read my posts that week and most looked at 1.6 pages. My bounce rate was 54% which is way down from my first 77% discovery.
Most of my readers come from other sources such as referrals from other blogs, StumbleUpon and Twitter. Isn’t that amazing that so many people dropped by to read what I have written. This makes my heart pitter patter at a lively pace. I love to write, but what is writing if there are not the wonderful readers? Thank you to each one.
I was amazed to discover that my biggest group of readers is from Australia, UK, and Alaska, followed by the west coast of Canada and the US. There is another big spot from Eastern Canada. Then there are lots of “dots” from all over in many countries all around the world – awesome!
I usually read about 200 books a year. With blogging I have only read 81 this past year, but then I traded in reading all those magnificent blog posts written by other bloggers. I have been amazed by the depth, clarity and skill with which so many write.
I want to thank again so many wonderful readers and to give a big virtual HUG to these special and very helpful bloggers,
I know I have not written down everyone, but these are the folks that were there to lift me up and help me fly.
Thank you to each and everyone readers, bloggers and commenters you have truly made it a good year.
I would love it if you would share a link of a blogger who brought you a basket of hope and encouragement – or maybe even flowers!
Let’s get a truly great May Day Celebration going on here!