Recently my blog Fred Gonsowski Garden Home passed the Three Million point for page views/articles read, and in a way I think that was a great accomplishment. As with all things, it wasn’t just about my writing and illustrations, but about the many people who, hundreds of thousands of times, posted my articles on their Pinterest sites, the San Francisco Chronicle, BuzzFeed, eHow and Red Book Magazine.com who used my articles as references or resources for their pieces, which gave me some extra attention, the people who linked my website with the articles that they were writing and the many people who just told their friends to look at what I was doing.
When I look back at the many illustrations that I’ve made for my articles and photos that I’ve taken for the posts, those images gave me a picture of where I was at different points in time over the past seven and a half years.
When I started this blog, I never really knew how far I would go or if I would get a good response to my writing, it was just something that I naively had to do. Creating Fred Gonsowski Garden Home was the start of a new hobby, where I could let out information that I have inside, and a way of seeing if people found what I posted interesting.
If you click on the above photos they will enlarge, so you can see the progression of views over the years, showing visits per month.
(1)… Even though my articles have been read more than three million times, the amount of comments seen on the above photo (click on photos to enlarge) show that there were only 1,966 comments made, and that number also includes the comments that I’ve made back to, I hope everyone. In all, less than 1000 comments made by readers.
(2)… I find it interesting that over a hundred thousand times people have posted my articles on their Pinterest sites, but never once wrote a quick note saying hi or they found what I’ve written helpful. And, for all the information given, less than five people ever “liked” my articles.
(3)… When it comes to my “531 followers” to date, WordPress and Email combined, they hardly ever or never commented, which makes me wonder why did they ever sign up. And, even though they are followers they really don’t look at the majority of the pieces that I’ve posted.
(4)… I’ve also discovered that when I’ve written multiple articles on different interior decorating subjects, and linked them on the post, the post that is really the most important to understand is hardly ever looked at and the other two or so, that really build on the first post are read.
(5)… I also find that articles that are crucial to understand when decorating, and I think most of my readers are finding my blog because of their decorating dilemma, don’t read important posts on decorating, even if they are on the home page or close to the top of recent articles posted.
(6)… I also see that posts like Visiting Dorinda Medley’s Berkshire home are of more interest to readers when her show is playing on TV at that moment, versus when it’s on hiatus. Even though Dorinda has 532 thousand Instagram followers, the readers of this blog are not that interested in Pop Culture and The BRAVO Housewives Franchise.
(7)… Posts that are Christmas related start getting looked at around mid September and are even looked at up to the second week in January.
(8)… January 2 is the day people start wondering how to fertilize their Spring flowering bulbs.
(9)… And the oddest thing of all, When I show my property or some holiday decorating that I’ve done, even though I’m the writer/creator of this website, the masses are not interested in me. I find that odd that they are reading my advise, but not wanting to look into the world of the person putting out the information.
So there you have it, a truthful gimps into the backstory of me putting out a blog.