It’s the last night of 2012…and the helpful little “helper monkeys” at WordPress have been as busy as Santa’s elves putting together an annual report for A Glass Half Full (and every other WordPress blog).
I’ve not yet reached the 12-month mark on my blog. My first post was on April 27, making it just a few days more than eight months. And as some of you know, it was a bit of a rocky start. I really wasn’t sure I liked blogging at all – it seemed a bit too much like working for no pay. But the more I got into it, the more I liked it, finding an outlet for writing more than just the usual travel stories that I write to earn my daily crust.
And a lot of that is down to my readers. Feedback is a wonderful thing – I know that you are reading! And I got a fantastic boost just a week or so ago, when WordPress chose one of my posts to feature on “Freshly Pressed”. Thank you to all those new readers and followers! I look forward to hearing from you more in 2013.
Links to my travel-related posts also now appear on the website home page of travelBulletin, a leading Australian travel industry magazine for which I write. I’ve also been a guest blogger for Tourism Queensland and for Explore Australia.
Here are a few of the interesting statistics that WordPress came up with about A Glass Half Full:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views. (That’s actually 8,300 in eight months, so about 1000 views a month). Not sure I quite understand the thinking here…but I guess it’s a fun fact!
I wrote 90 new posts (this one makes 91) and uploaded 339 images.
The busiest day of the year was December 22 with 706 views. The most popular post was An empty place at the table.
My top five posts were:
- An empty place at the table December 2012
- A night at the theatre: fun, footy and that other f word October 2012
- Raising a glass to Merle and Ro September 2012
- My Christmas card list December 2012
- A story of loss, and love, and hope August 2012
My readers came from 108 countries – most of them in Australia, with the United States and UK not far behind. I’ve now got 448 followers (wouldn’t it be great to make 450 by January 1??).
Thank you all! Happy New Year!