Hard to believe I’ve been doing this blogging thing for over two years now, starting at the beginning of 2017. Sometimes it seems like I’ve always been doing it and sometimes I feel like a newbie, especially compared to some of the wonderful long-time bloggers out there. This blog has been my first experience putting anything on the internet, as I’ve shied away from trying any social media — I don’t even have Facebook! It’s really nice to have this space that is truly my own, in the midst of work and other obligations, and I love the community feel of the blogging world and, in particular, the little slice of the Armitage fandom that we inhabit.
A year ago when I posted about my first year of blogging, I had some blogging resolutions 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. Nope. Didn’t happen. Work and family were the order of the day, and so number of posts dropped from 104 in 2017 (60,848 words) to 67 in 2018 (44,558 words). Funny, though, that the average number of words per post went up, from 585 in 2017 to 665 in 2018.
- Write down my thoughts on what I’ve watched, read, and heard more immediately. Unfortunately, “no” once again for the same reason. The resulting problem is that when I do have time to blog, I can’t remember much about the books I read or the movies I saw!
- Explore publicizing my blog a bit more. Not as much as I’d hoped. I signed up for Goodreads and put the widget on the front page of my blog, but then it’s remained pretty static as I seem to be too tired to read. As for Bloglovin’, I didn’t have to do anything to publicize the blog there — thanks to Herba who followed the blog through that website. (I didn’t even know you could do that!)
- Venture more frequently outside of my comfortable group of followed blogs to read and comment. I did do that, as you may be able to see from the number of Blogs I Follow listed on my front page. Mind you, the more blogs I follow, the harder it is to visit with all of you in your spaces!
- Try to write some fiction. Again, time is not my friend. I had wanted to enter a particular short story competition, but decided I was putting too much pressure on myself to try to meet a deadline for something that was supposed to be fun! I did have a lot of fun writing a short RPF (real person fiction) for Valentine’s Day, though.
Despite not posting anywhere near as often or as regularly as I had hoped, I was surprised with the average of 228.5 unique visitors per month, or around 4% more than the previous year. That translates to 7,467 views in 2018. Thanks for sticking around! I really appreciate the support from my fellow bloggers and other readers. One of the things I always find interesting is to see all the countries represented by those total views (and I’m glad I put the Translate tool on my front page!):
Diving now into the blog’s most-viewed posts of the year…
- Contest/Casting Announcement: “Wanderlust Travels & Cuisine” – My most popular post of 2018 was this April Fool’s Day tongue-in-cheek contest announcement. (Thanks to Serv at Me + Richard Armitage for all the referrrals!) These posts are fun to write, especially when you can connect it with a project that is buzzing at the time. In fact, I had so much fun that I also was inspired to post on another blog I sometimes contribute to, with a same-day post called As Easy as A.B.C. (Armitage Bootcamp Cruise).
- Alternative to GUY-liner? Interesting that this 2017 post still has so many views! In fact, it’s my number 2 most-viewed post since I started. Maybe it’s the title? Do you think people are looking for make-up tips? (Not that kind of blogger… just saying.)
- Movies over the Summer Well, here’s one that actually is NOT about Armitage. And it generated a lot of discussion, too, with over 100 comments. I love movies and I love writing about them… I should probably get on that — it’s been a while!
- Valentine’s Day I talked above about my little foray into RPF. Hmm. Valentine’s Day is around the corner again. I wonder if I’ll have time…
- Wanderlust: I Didn’t Hate It Audiobooks are something I was introduced to only through being a fan of Richard Armitage. And yet now I am listening to other narrators too. Somehow it makes my journey to and from work a little more interesting — especially that shower scene in Wanderlust!
So, I wonder if I should make any blog resolutions for the coming year? I’m afraid that anything too ambitious might be unattainable. Maybe just keep blogging as regularly as possible and enjoy interacting with all my blogging friends out there!
To 2019 and another year of blogging!