In the world of blogging, I still see it takes a village to get to this point. I was helped by a lot of really nice people who I don’t know, or most-likely will never meet. Those people found my website and pinned my articles on their Pinterest boards, told others about my posts on Facebook, and have linked me as part of their articles on their websites.
I do feel sites like the San Francisco Chronicle, Redbook mag.com and eHow have kind of legitimized my writing by using my posts on design and gardening as either a reference or resource for their articles. To be included as part of their pieces is an honor.
Getting to a point of having one million posts read did not happen overnight; it took four years. When I first started in the Fall of 2010, I had 299 posts read, followed by 17,636 in 2011, 148,081 for 2012, 297,252 for 2013, 516,067 for 2014 and 20,807 since January 1, 2015 (click on photo or graphs to enlarge).
I still remember way back in time, when I first started the blog and had reached eight thousand page views / articles read, and thought that was great. How quick time has flown by and how much the numbers have changed.
Looking over the different posts I’ve written, drawings I made, and photos I took kind of helps me to isolate periods of time, that I would not be able to pinpoint without those images and words.
I do find it interesting how different posts are received. Some have universal appeal and have been read everyday since I posted them, while others, even if I think they would be of interest, are looked at by few. I’ve also found out that people are interested in Christmas topics starting at the beginning of September, and still are wondering how to put lights on a Christmas tree, way into the middle of January. The planting of tulip and daffodil bulbs you would thing would be of interest in the Fall, but that has not been the case. The time of year when people are looking to know more about Spring flowering bulbs is from January on, when they start poking up out of the frozen soil, ready to start growing again.
Finally, I do think blogging, even if a person gets a lot of comments is really a solitary project. It is something a person does for themselves, not something a person’s friends or relatives are really interested in, want to hear about or care to read. It is a project that is supported by the hundreds or thousands of unseen and unknown people who visit a site daily.
So to the unknown and unseen, I say, Thanks for Showing Up! WordPress counted your activities and they passed them on to me, which encourages me to keep writing on ;-]