So yesterday sometime, my blog hit 10,000 views. And a few moments ago, 1,000 likes.
So, I’m batting at 10%.
I have to smile over these stats. When I first started blogging here at WordPress (2010), there wasn’t the wonderful infrastructure with which to work. I wrote, and posted on links on Facebook. Since I was blogging for the pure joy of it, I didn’t ‘market’ my blog at all – just wrote and shared with friends.
I accumulated a whopping 11 email followers. Daily views tanked when I got irritated and deactivated my Facebook account. Life started hurtling challenges at me faster than I could keep up with and I quit writing as much.
Then I had the stroke.
Over a year passed and I logged in to say goodbye – my writing was no longer easy and editing was non-existent. I was too tired to research and craft informative posts. I had built a website to show case what skills I still possessed and it was time to let old things go.
But when I logged in this past January, I found that people still came to me when they were getting ready to caulk something for the first time – or when they needed to know how to get caulk off their hands.
My dubious posts about how funny I am during nicotine withdrawal were still entertaining others.
As I looked over my stats, I realized that my most viewed posts were not the educational and informational pieces I slaved over – they were quick little, “Hey, guess what I’m doing/thinking today?” ditties.
I wrote a post to say I decided not to delete my blog.
And then I wrote another, and another….
And the wonderful new-to-me infrastructure allowed me to find the work of others and for them to find me. To quickly build a community that educates, entertains and inspires me.
My writing improved – soon, I was in the flow of creativity that I remembered from before the stroke. Editing started coming easier and while still not perfect, I’m fixing fewer errors than before. And catching more before hitting the “Publish” button.
In a way, my blog, long ignored, became my saving grace.
Pretty amazing, for 10%, Eh?