I love the way WordPress provides a review of my bloggy year! And with sweet timing, this is providing the material for this, my 400th blog post!
Happy blog-a-something, dear gecko!
There are some quirky little facts in the review – for example,
- The searches which directed most traffic to the blog included – “Scotland” and “Halloween pictures to colour”. I reckon there must have been some highly confused and disappointed visitors!
- The post which attracted most viewers was a rant which I wrote in around fifteen minutes and which terrified me as it became viral, with more viewers than the blog had had in the whole of 2010!
- When Marie of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer called on bloggers earlier today to share their favourite post of the year, I chose between three. Those three are in fact the three most viewed posts of the year.
- The blog was read in 144 countries last year. That makes me feel dizzy and incredibly humbled. Although many probably stumbled there by mischievous search guidance from Google :)
- I have enormous support from friends who comment regularly – THANK YOU to Catherine, Karen, Nancy, Beth and Nancy who were highlighted, as well as many friends who engage with my witterings, outpourings and rants.
On a serious note, I need to repeat that this blog is more than a blog to me. This is the way I have navigated my way through life since hearing those unwelcome “this is highly suspicious of cancer” words. This has been the way I process and work through what comes in my path. This has been the way I have found out that I am truly not alone in this. This year has been particularly hard with more than its fair share of loss. The blog has been one way of processing grief.
I feel it is woefully inadequate, but I mean it -
In case you are interested in the randomness of the review in detail – here it is:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.