Blogging and me
January each year is a time for reflection, looking back at the year that has gone and wondering where the new one will take us. As 2020 proved only too well, you never know what is coming around the corner.
It’s best to make the most of every day and that’s where blogging comes in!
What a year!
Celebrating the year with a look back at what went on in my blogging world.
The most important blog post
It is on the most important blog.
Even if no one but you reads it. The blog you write each day is the blog you need the most.
It’s a compass and a mirror, a chance to put a stake in the ground and refine your thoughts.
And the most important post? The one you’ll write tomorrow.Seth’s Blog
This post resonated with me when I first saw it, especially the sentence, ‘It’s a compass and a mirror’….what do you think, would you agree with that train of thought?
I know that blogging helps me process things, I notice what’s going on around me more, I’m more observant, interesting sights and places excite me, new ideas come to me, beauty comes alive through my camera and I feel productive. Even if it is only me reading my thoughts 🙂
So how did 2020 go down?
Like a lead ballon??
Something I always like to do at the start of the new year (along with almost every other blogger) is to take a look back on the year that was.
It’s always interesting 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.
Sue at Women Living Well After 50, wrote a post Review and Reset in 2020 and mentioned this sentence from a course she’s doing: We need to review before we can reset. As we go into 2021 we need to know where we’ve been, what we’ve learnt from the year and what has shaped us as we move forward.
This was written in relation to our everyday lives and it resonated with me. I know we’re not meant to look back, as that’s not the way we’re going, but sometimes, as Sue says, we need to look at where we are and how we got there.
According to the stats these were the Top 10 viewed posts in 2020
I’ve only included the posts that were actually written in 2020 in this Top 10, there were some perennially popular posts that just keep popping up from other years but I’ve decided not to include them. I’m planning to write a Top 10 of my favourite posts at some stage too.
- A Guide to Riding the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail – I am most proud of this post and for being involved in our local community’s effort in getting our rail trail up and running after almost 18 years of hard work. We are all volunteers but we enjoy what we do so much we have to tell everyone about it – well maybe that’s just me!
- If 2020 was a food what would it be? This was a fun off-the-cuff post that for some reason, has hit a spot and continues to be read.
- Once you have tasted the taste of the sky, you will forever look up – this was a post for Sunday Stills all about the sky and this great quote from Leonardo da Vinci really appealed to me as a title.
- When the granddaughter you were expecting turns into a grandson – my youngest daughter had been told she was having a baby girl but then a few months later that all changed! I can tell you she had a baby boy, our first grandson.
- 12 things to do before turning 60 – A list of 12 things I wanted to do before I turned the big 60. As the year unfolded I wrote an update post later in the year.
- Marriage Unarranged – A book review from my blogging buddy Ritu’s first novel
- 40 years of Marriage – The Mathematician and I celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss last year so of course I wrote about it! I was only 19 when I was married, just saying so you don’t think I’m all that old!
- How do you manage to balance your self care in the world of social media – a personal look at the balance we need to keep taking care of ourselves in the world of social media.
- Life goes on in my little cocoon – a look at being in lockdown back in the early days of 2020, I even wrote a poem!
- New Motherhood perspectives in these challenging times – my youngest daughter had her first baby in February 2020 just as COVID hit. It’s fair to say it wasn’t what she was expecting, and she wrote very honestly about her feelings.
It’s interesting that my most viewed posts for 2020, were a mix of personal events, family issues, ageing, photography, books, thoughts and blogging/midlife topics. I try to be honest and I’m not averse to showing my vulnerable side at times. I enjoy engaging with other bloggers in similar areas as I feel we all learn from each other. You’re never too old to stop learning!
My blog is based on Midlife, Travel, Adventure and all things in between, and is really just the world, as seen through my eyes! Maybe I should drop the travel off for the foreseeable future – particularly international travel 😦
My stats for 2020
As readers know I’m married to the Mathematician, and so each year I take a deep dive into the stats. To be honest, he’s really not that interested, so it’s for my benefit only 🙂
- I wrote a total of 163 posts – less than in most previous years (I know it’s hard to believe I wrote less posts than ever before, not more!!)
- There were 53258 views of my blog (up from 35302 in 2019)
- I welcomed 27732 visitors to my world (up from 18080 in 2019)
- I smiled at 7887 likes 🙂
- I received 5456 fabulous comments (somewhat less than last year)
I know these numbers are negligible to some bloggers, but to me they’re brilliant!
Followers – yes that’s you!
The number of people following my blog, liking and commenting on posts has exceeded my expectations again this year. I know not everyone who clicks on my blog engages with me but I am very happy to have grown in so many ways. I appreciate every one of you.
I still 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’m just glad you managed to find me and have stuck around after all these years!
I blog for pure enjoyment and as a creative outlet. My aim is to make you smile, educate you in some way, maybe inspire you and to share my world while also learning more about your world.Tweet
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, was hosted by my great friends Sue and Leanne on Wednesdays – unfortunately this link up finished mid year and I know I miss the camaraderie but I understand the reasons why it finished. I’m thankful to both Sue and Leanne for their generosity in running it for so long.
- Denyse’s #Lifethisweek on Mondays – Denyse has a theme each week and we are invited to write using this theme as a prompt or share any post we like
- Sunday Stills hosted by Terri (and sometimes others) on Sundays – this a themed photography prompt
- Becky’s Squares – this was a new one for me in 2020 with Becky posting a monthly theme every few months and bloggers could join in daily or not, with the only criteria being the main photo at least, has to be a square.
Where are you from and how did you find me?
This year Australia has topped the stats for views, followed by US, UK, India, Canada, New Zealand.
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!
I also had nearly 1000 referrers from Rail Trail Australia as they list my Guide to Riding the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail in the description details for our local rail trail. Thanks for that 🙂
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 and are now lovely friends – I’ve linked to their most recent post in case you’d like to visit them. Tell them Debbie sent you 🙂
Donna from Retirement Reflections
Erica/Erika from Behind the Scenes Photography
Carol from Reading Ladies
Leanne from Cresting the Hill
Leslie from Once Upon a Time happily Ever After
Sue from Travel Tales of Life
Sue from Women Living well After 50
and there are many more who regularly leave me comments, I really appreciate every one of you, so thank you for your friendship and support xx
Summary of 2020
So in summary, in relation to my blogging world, I think 2020 was about life, family, learning, sharing stories but not too much (international) travelling!
My 2020 Word of the Year (WOTY) was Jump and I think I made the most of this action word, especially given the year we’ve had!
This year I’m going BOLD.
In my real life, 2020 was again a year full of emotion, ups and downs, happiness, sadness, light and darkness, a real rollercoaster (again). My blog reflected only some of this. Contrary to what some may think, I don’t actually write about everything that happens!!
Writing helps me a lot, and I am thankful to have such a caring, non-judgemental group of friends out there in the blogging world. Your friendship really helped me cope, again – I remember saying something very similar last year. I do try to stay positive but it can be extremely hard sometimes.
It seems like I use this quote every year but there’s a reason for it!
How about you?
How was your blogging year – was it a good year for you in terms of what you wanted to achieve? Leave me your thoughts if you’d like to.
Thanks again to everyone who has connected with me during the year. I’ve enjoyed reading a vast variety of blogs and engaging with you.
In a year we couldn’t be all that social in person we have managed to stay connected through out blogs and our use of technology. And that’s a good thing!Tweet
Wishing you all the best for 2021 with lots of love, laughter and happier times.
Go forth and be bold….
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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