Not only is it the end of 2017, but it has also been one year since I started blogging! I’ve really enjoyed it, not least because of all the interesting people I have met on line. Thank you for reading and for engaging in such thought-provoking (and sometimes just plain fun) conversations. Before I review some of my blog stats for the year, I would like to thank my fellow bloggers, particularly in the Richard Armitage fandom, for making me feel so welcome and for giving me a “leg up”. In particular, thanks for all the referrals from Me + Richard Armitage, Guylty Pleasure, and The Book of Esther. I am happy, too, that readers clicked their way from my blog to other blogs around 385 times.
When I first started blogging, I was not sure if I even wanted anyone to read what I would write. I was looking for a creative outlet and a place to record my feelings and observations about various books, shows, movies, and music. And while that is still primarily what I’m here for, I definitely appreciate those people that have dropped in to read my posts, to the tune of 6,347 views from 64 countries this year. Thanks for visiting!
As I started this adventure, I wasn’t sure how much I would be posting about my favourite actor, Richard Armitage. As it turns out, however, around 40% of my 105 posts so far touch on RA in some way. Never far from my thoughts, it seems! And that’s good, because my top-viewed posts this year were all Armitage-related:
- Oedipus and Antigone – A tongue-in-cheek April Fools’ Day post, with “news” about Richard Armitage, Dawn French, and Chloë Grace Moretz appearing in a Broadway musical version of the classic story.
- Romeo and Juliet: The Audiobook – A January review of the then new audiobook written by David Hewson and narrated by Richard Armitage, comparing some of its elements to the original Shakespeare play.
- Could This Be Richard Armitage’s Next Audiobook? – A link to an April post by J. Dawn King, an Austen-style writer who had had some contact with Armitage’s representatives, hoping to have him narrate her latest book. (Unfortunately, there has been no update on her blog, so presumably a positive response was not forthcoming.)
- Alternative to GUY-liner? – A suggestion that an appealing alternative to GUY-liner (as worn by Sir Guy of Gisborne) can be found in Tom Ellis in the series Lucifer, which I was enjoying in January and am still enjoying this season.
- Call Me Shallow… or What I’d ReAlly Like from a Message – My reaction to Richard Armitage’s Christmas message to fans, which he posted to Twitter on December 20. Surprising to me that this post so close to the end of the year was actually my fifth-highest-viewed post!
I also posted on non-Armitage topics. My posts on movies, theatre and TV all had a similar number of average views per post, with those on books and music having a bit less. Still, I enjoy sharing some of my thoughts on what I’ve watched, read, and heard and will continue to do so.
I’ve been thinking about some blogging goals for 2018:
- Try to write a bit every day, so that the twice-weekly posting schedule I’ve set for myself is easier to maintain. Sometimes that’s hard though, as I’m not a morning person and I’m often too tired late in the evening, especially if I’ve been doing any writing at work.
- Write down my thoughts on what I’ve watched, read, and heard more immediately — my memory sometimes fails me when I try to do it after the fact.
- Explore publicizing my blog a bit more, maybe through bloglovin.com and/or Twitter. Any suggestions?
- Venture more frequently outside of my comfortable group of followed blogs to read and comment on other posts that I might enjoy.
- Try to write some fiction, although this may not be on the blog.
Thanks for following along… See you in 2018!