Be unapologetically youSteve Mariboli
Something I always like to do at the start of the new year (along with almost every other blogger it seems) is to take a look back on the year that was. It’s always fun to see what has gone on and I’m often surprised at what posts came out on top in terms of views and likes. I don’t often dwell on the statistic side of blogging but this is one time of the year I delve into them.
According to the stats these were the most viewed posts in 2019:
It’s interesting that my most viewed posts for 2019, were a good mix of personal events in my life, family issues, interesting travel posts and blogging/midlife topics. This is good to see, as my blog is based on Midlife, Travel, Adventure and all things in between, really just the world, as seen through my eyes!
- Surprisingly there is a life after retirement – this post was written in 2017 and continues to be one of my most viewed posts.
- Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart – this was about the premature birth of Dottie and obviously struck a chord with you.
- Dottie and the Wombat – I wrote this short story for Dottie on the way to visit her after she’d just been born. I have since had it made into a book for her!
- That time I took my parents on a barge and bike tour from Paris to Bruge – remembering my father on the first anniversary of his passing, by taking a trip down memory lane.
- What is the most unusual connection you’ve had as a blogger? – A remarkable and true story of a connection 58 years in the making!
- How to be a perfectly grateful blogger – A short poll asking how you blog and it was very interesting getting your feedback. I actually wrote a follow up post from the results of the poll. Here’s what you said
- Good news about the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail – it’s finally happening after years of work by committed volunteers!
- How do YOU blog? – the one where I was nominated in the Bloggers Bash Awards but felt like a fraud!
2019 was another great year in my blogging world!
My stats for 2019 tell the story:
- I wrote a total of 176 posts
- There were 35302 views of my blog
- I welcomed 18080 visitors to my world
- I smiled at 7914 likes 🙂
- I received 5943 fabulous comments
These numbers are all slightly lower than my 2018 stats, but overall I’m a very happy little Vegemite! I know these numbers are negligible to some bloggers, but to me they’re brilliant!
The number of people following my blog, liking and commenting on posts has exceeded my expectations again this year.
Over the past few years I have noticed an increase in the number of followers and I appreciate every one of you.
I don’t have a newsletter or any pop-ups or ads on my blog, and I’m not involved in any affiliate programs. I make no money from my blog, I like to keep it simple and don’t like bombarding people with unnecessary emails.
I blog for pure enjoyment and as creative outlet. My aim is to make you smile, educate you in some way, maybe inspire you and to share my world while learning more about your world too.Tweet
I’m so thrilled to have you all with me and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Weekly Link-up parties
I have enjoyed participating in several weekly linkups this year. These have reinforced my belief that bloggers are amazing, generous people who love to share their lives, their wisdom and their friendship, regardless of where they are in the world. Among my favourites are these:
- Midlife Share the Love, #mlstl, hosted by my great friends Sue and Leanne on Wednesdays – this is aimed at the over 50 age group and posts shared are always interesting and informative.
- Denyse’s #Lifethisweek on Mondays – Denyse has a theme each week and we a re invited to write using this theme as a prompt or share any post we like
- Sunday Stills hosted by Terri and sometimes Hugh on Sundays – this a themed photography prompt
I’ve also been fortunate to be a Guest on many of my friend’s blogs – this is always a thrill!
I’ve met a few of my favourite bloggers in real life and it’s such a fun experience that I’d highly recommend it if you can manage it.
Where are you?
This year the USA has topped the stats for views, followed by Australia, UK, Canada, India, New Zealand, Germany, Finland, Philippines and South Africa.
As in previous years, WordPress, Facebook and Pinterest were my biggest referrers – I enjoy sharing to Twitter, Mix and Flipboard but they don’t yield much in the way of visitors. Instagram isn’t any good for bringing in readers either, but I must say I do enjoy it!
Comments and engagement:
Like every other blogger out there, it’s comments that make my world go round. Those who have commented the most during the year just happen to be some of my favourite bloggers – I’ve linked to their most recent post in case you’d like to visit them. Tell them Debbie sent you 🙂
Jo from And Anyways
Jonno from Jay Walking
Leanne from Cresting the Hill
Donna from Retirement Reflections
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond
Suzanne from Life at No.22
and there are many more who regularly leave me comments, I really appreciate every one of you, so thank you xx
Summary of 2019
So in summary, in relation to my blogging world, I think 2019 was about life, family, learning, travelling and sharing stories. It’s been complex, a mainly positive, creative time of growth and I’ve loved every minute of it.
My 2019 Word of the Year (WOTY) was Time and I think I made the most of it.
This year I’m jumping into life and looking forward to sharing how I do this.
In my real life, 2019 was again a year full of emotion, happiness, sadness, light and darkness, a real rollercoaster of a ride. My blog reflected only some of this. Writing helps when I get anxious and I know you are all a caring group of friends, so your friendship really helped me cope. I do try to stay positive but it can be hard at times.
From the start of the year with my sister going through breast cancer surgery and treatment; hosting Anna our Hungarian Rotary Exchange student; facing the first anniversaries of the passing of both my father and father-in-law; celebrating the turning of the sod on our local Rail Trail; learning that our eldest daughter in England was pregnant; running for a cause in the Mother’s Day Classic for Breast Cancer; spending some time over winter in Queensland with our youngest daughter; visiting with our daughter and watching our granddaughter learn to crawl then walk; discovering our youngest daughter was expecting her first baby in March 2020; hearing the news that our newest granddaughter was born very prematurely at 25 weeks in England and rushing over to be with her and her parents for a month; raising funds for premature babies in the annual Walk for Prems; seeing my mother after her overseas holiday; leaving for England with the Mathematician for 2 months over Christmas/New Year; travelling to Hungary to meet Anna and her family; and then watching and waiting for news of the devastating bushfires affecting my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and our own house and community. Yes I would say it’s been a rollercoaster of a year!
In fact, I have been in England for three of the past five months – so it’s no wonder I’m feeling a bit discombobulated now that I’m home again.
I used this quote last year and I think it’s still very true.
What about you?
How was your blogging year – did you have fun or has it been a tad overwhelming for you? Leave me a link to your favourite post for the year and I’ll pop over for a read.
Thanks again to everyone who has connected with me during the year. I come back to the quote at the top of my post – Be unapologetically you 🙂 – that’s my thinking anyway!
Wishing you all the best for 2020 with lots of love and laughter.
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