Today February 21, 2014 at 8:01PM, Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com reached another milestone; having had 500,015 page views/ articles read. When I first started this blog in October of 2010, I had no idea or premonition of ever getting to this point. The reason I started this blog was not that I liked or wanted to write, but to let out a lot of things about decorating and gardening that I had inside of me, and not that many places to apply.
For my followers and casual readers who don’t know about it, WordPress is how I get an article, drawings, and sometimes photos from my home in upstate New York out onto the internet for you to find. WordPress is kind of like a middleman that I upload articles to, and through them they end up on the internet / domain. WordPress is quite a remarkable entity. They do all the counting of articles read by my readers, and provide me daily with the numbers and even countries across the world where readers came in from.
At the end of each year WordPress sends me a Year in Review which gives me some interesting facts to know, that I have the option, if I choose, to share with you. This year I posted it, but because I think a lot of you did not know what it was, you just skipped past it to another article I wrote. If you click here you can look at it again. The WordPress post starts with fireworks when you open it, then it signals you to start scrolling down and tells you some of my most read posts in 2013, but the best of all is toward the end. They provide a map of the world and it says I had people from 177 countries read my posts last year. If you hover your pointer slowly over the different countries, it shows you the exact amount of people who read something of mine from there in 2013. You can also click on the (+ or –) signs on the left to expand or contract the map. Not every country on the map has had readers, but the 177 countries where people did read articles from, sounds like a line up for the Miss Universe or Miss World contest, or the Parade of Nations as seen at the beginning of the Olympic Games. Some of the countries that light up, I’ve never heard of before or even knew they existed.
The cover illustration for this post shows a drawing I made and a screen shot of the first page of today’s information WordPress provided, telling me I hit the half million articles read point. I’m not going to show you all the other pages that follow it this time, but you can see all of the pages that appear on my WordPress dashboard by clicking here. It will direct you to my 7-9-2013 post when I hit the one-third of a million point and showed my readers all of the pages and what I see each day from this side of the blog dashboard.
Getting to the 500,000 mark did not happen overnight. Again WordPress counted, not me. I had 299 articles read from October 2010 to Dec, 31, 2010 when I first started. In 2011 I had 17,636 page views / articles read. In 2012 that number jumped to 148,081. In 2013 I had exactly 297,252. This year, since January 1, 2014 I’ve had 36,771 articles read. When all is added up, it turns into the 500,015 as seen above.
Finally I want to thank all of the people who signed up on + Follow (my Followers). It’s nice to have people who are really interested in reading a lot of the things I write. Secondly thanks to all the readers who commented regularly or on occasion. To my constant commentors, in a way I look forward to hearing from you all. A Big Shout Out to the legions of Pinterest Pinners, You’re All Soo Great!!! Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for using my articles 13 times, to date, as either references or resources for their articles (I must be doing something right). And to all the people who came upon this site, hopefully I empowered you to do a decorating or gardening project that interested you.
With half a million articles read so far I must be going in the right direction; so I hope you all keep coming back and hopefully are inspired by something I write in the days and months ahead. Again Thank You All!!!!!!!!!!
Some pictures of me Fred Gonsowski, Writer of this blog 1-8-2013,
Fred Gonsowski Artwork, before the Blog 8-25-2011,