Around this time of year, we all get our annual review from WordPress. It makes me feel a bit like I am back at school, anticipating exam results with some trepidation. Last year, I excitedly shared that report as a post on this blog. I will refrain from doing that again this year, but I will share some of the figures with you, at least those that were of interest to me.
I am told that I wrote 201 posts during 2014. It seemed like a lot more to me, but then I had to type them all. No doubt it felt like a few too many to my dear readers, who are sometimes overwhelmed by my output. There were 10,000 views during the year. Unfortunately, they do not give the number of viewers, but I am pretty sure that it was a lot less than that.
Once again, my most popular post was ‘The Driest County In England.’ This amuses me, as this post was written with my tongue firmly in my cheek, and nobody has ever left a comment on it, despite always holding the number one spot above posts that I consider to be actually worth reading. It just shows that many residents of this country are searching for somewhere dry, and given the terrible rains and floods this year, that is no surprise. Still, once they read that post, they can rest assured that they will find no deserts in Norfolk.
I had to wait until the week before Christmas to achieve my best ever day on this blog, with a total of 169 views. I am sure that many of you get that number before lunch, every day, but it meant quite a lot to me. I also got a lot of new followers. Once I disregarded the sellers and cranks, the number still crept over the 500 mark; another milestone in my blogging journey. Visitors came from 82 countries, though predominantly from the USA, which came first for views, and the UK, a close second. This is the best part of blogging, and one of the main reasons why I carry on. To think that my musings are read by strangers, in even stranger lands, gives me all the interest I need to justify the effort, and the hours spent at the keyboard.
I have been graced with meeting some very good new blogging friends, as well as keeping in touch with many valued and cherished old ones too. I have read some amazing articles, enjoyed writing of an incredibly high standard, and have gained great pleasure from viewing countless wonderful photographs. I have continued to enjoy following my favourites, and contributing occasionally to other websites, with guest articles. All in all 2014 has been a marvellous blogging year, and I have enjoyed every bit of it.
I wish you all, wherever you are, a happy and healthy new year. I send my best wishes to everyone from Beetley, and look forward to doing it all again, in 2015. Pete and Ollie. x